OPEN LETTER: A RESPONSE TO EPA MESSAGING GUIDELINES LEAKED MAR 28, 2018

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On March 28, 2018 a leaked email from the EPA emerged of 8 talking points intended to promote misinformation and uncertainty about climate science. The email was sent under the subject line: “Consistent Messages on Climate Adaptation.” “Consistent Teaching Points on Climate Change”: An open letter from University of Hawaiʻi Sustainability Scholars and Practitioners In the “post-truth” era of “fake news”, teaching critical thinking about climate change is becoming more challenging, thus, we would like to respond to the EPA email, “Consistent Messages on Climate Adaptation” that was recently leaked to Huffington Post, generating a fresh round of dismay among scientists, teachers, and climate advocates. The University of Hawaiʻi is committed to telling the truth about climate change. Students deserve to be presented with accurate information about anticipated climate change impacts to…
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University of Hawaiʻi System named as Center for Sustainability Across Curriculum

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UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI SYSTEM NAMED AS CENTER FOR SUSTAINABILITY ACROSS CURRICULUM [caption id="attachment_3194" align="alignnone" width="640"] UH System Sustainability Coordinator Matthew K Lynch and UH System Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator Dr. Krista Hiser at the 2017 AASHE Conference & Expo in San Antonio, TX.[/caption] The University of Hawaiʻi Office of Sustainability has been designated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) as one of only 13 Centers for Sustainability Across the Curriculum. The Center will serve Hawaii and the Pacific region, as well as opening select workshops to faculty from the continental United States to learn from the unique context and perspective of Hawaii. “AASHE is excited to partner with the University of Hawaiʻi to advance sustainability across curriculum,” said Megan Meghan Fay Zahniser, AASHE Executive Director.…
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[FACULTY RESOURCE]: Grand Challenges Summer Institute on Mālama ʻĀina and Conservation

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Grand Challenges Summer Institute on Mālama ʻĀina and Conservation (May 14-16, 2018) GC18 is a three-day faculty development intensive focusing on course (re)design and development related to issues of mālama ʻāina and conservation takes place on May 14,15, and 16 at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Interested University of Hawaiʻi faculty from any campus can apply to become Conservation Institute Fellows and receive a honorarium of approximately $300. Fellows are required to: attend all three days of the Institute; develop a syllabus for a (re)designed course or informal education project that includes teaching to the grand challenges of conservation issues; and integrate an active pedagogy into the course or project. Neighbor-island participants may apply for scholarships to help pay for travel and accommodation by emailing sencer@hawaii.edu with a specific…
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UH and Hawaiian Electric Companies’ agree to collaborate on green tariff design

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The MOU between UH and HECO to collaboratively work together on an "green tariff" as part of a larger agreement to work collaboratively towards a master energy resource plan which: [caption id="attachment_2491" align="alignleft" width="232"] Click image to download a copy of the MOU[/caption] promotes the growth renewable energy reduces carbon emissions to mitigate against climate change supports state 100% renewables by 2045 RPS contributes to stabilizing the grid lowers the cost of UH energy bills boosts clean energy sector strengthens campus and community resiliency advances EV infrastructure and adoption benefits all residents and businesses provides a model for others emulate       WORKING GROUP MEMBERS INCLUDE: Matthew K Lynch, UH System Sustainability Coordinator Miles Topping, UH Director Energy Management Doug Codiga, Legal Counsel to UH Michael Chang, Hawaiian Electric…
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UH launches master of landscape architecture program

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The School of Architecture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will offer a new professional graduate degree, the master of landscape architecture (MLA), beginning in fall 2018. [caption id="attachment_2606" align="alignnone" width="676"] A site design exercise—Revealing a Landscape.[/caption] Graduates will obtain a thorough knowledge of the core skills and applications of contemporary landscape architecture with a focus on sustainable design in tropical and subtropical, Hawaiian and Asia/Pacific environments. The MLA, the first landscape architecture degree offered in the state, is recognized by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board. The program is open to qualified applicants with bachelor’s degrees in any field of study. “Hawaiʻi, with its rich natural and cultural history and manifold environmental and social challenges, provides a unique place of learning and opportunity for cutting-edge landscape architectural research, teaching and practice,” said Judith Stilgenbauer, MLA program director and associate…
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NOVEMBER 27, 2017: “WE ARE STILL IN” CIVIC CONVERSATION

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NOVEMBER 27, 2017: "WE ARE STILL IN" CIVIC CONVERSATION In response to interest in the Paris Agreement and the COP 23 climate negotiation talks which recently concluded this month in Bonn, Germany, the UH Office of Sustainability is collaborating with the Hawaii Human Rights Institute and PACS 492 "Sustainable Development in Oceania" to produce an all-day symposium featuring films, workshops, and panels, culminating in a student-led model UN. Presenters will include State of Hawaiʻi officials and delegates to COP 23, experienced climate negotiators, UH climate experts, and student leaders. RSVP to any portion of the day's event at: wearestillin-conversation.eventbrite.com LOCATION: HĀLAU O HAUMEA KAMAKAKŪKALANI CENTER FOR HAWAIIAN STUDIES 2465 DOLE ST, HONOLULU HI 96822 (DOWNLOAD PARKING DIRECTIONS HERE) DOWNLOAD EVENT POSTER HERE HELP US BUILD THE UH SUSTAINABILITY COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE…
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Tracking Trash: UH Mānoa moving towards Zero Waste

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[caption id="attachment_2295" align="alignnone" width="1012"] Above: Navion Tagore-Erwin, the Waste Reduction Fellow with the UH System Office of Sustainability, conducting a pilot audit at the Agricultural Science Building.[/caption] For most people, trash is something better left out of sight and out of mind.  But not confronting our waste habits has fiscal and environmental consequences.   Based on procurement records, UH Manoa uses 21 tons of paper towels annually.  This cost $98,138.00 in 2016 and creates enough waste to cover 2,121 miles (nearly the distance from Hawai’i to California).  And this cost doesn’t account for the economic and environmental impacts (deforestation, depletion of freshwater resources, transportation emissions) associated with the production and distribution of paper towels.   The UH Mānoa community will have a rare opportunity to face their trash during the…
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[HONOLULUCC] Learn to sail a voyaging canoe

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Having traveled approximately 40,300 nautical miles, Hōkūleʻa is home from traveling around the world, but not for long. This fall she will depart on a mahalo sail around the state. In anticipation of the public’s interest to learn more about navigation, Honolulu Community College and the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) are offering Level I Basic Crew Member Training starting July 11. The course consists of 15 sessions over eight weeks. In alignment with the University of Hawaiʻi‘s commitment to serving as a model indigenous institution of higher knowledge, Honolulu CC is promoting Hawaiian values and culture through these non-credit offerings and its Hawaiian studies degree program. Honolulu CC is the only campus to offer courses in Hawaiian astronomy and navigation through its Hoʻokele program at METC in which students receive…
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[CITIZEN SCIENCE] King tides give islands a glimpse into future sea level rise

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDQKtp3JS6M Researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa were out in force again this month to document and study the king tides that occurred on June 23 and 24. The water level along the coast, already expected to inundate nearshore areas with the some of the highest annual tides was enhanced by elevated water levels and a large south swell that arrived on the same day. The elevated water levels are due to an unusual combination of lingering effects of El Niño, natural Pacific-wide climate and sea level variability associated with the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, localized rotating eddies of elevated water level, and sea-level rise from global warming. According to the Sea Level Center at the UH Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), the high…
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[HONOLULUCC] The Partnership that saved Hōkūleʻa

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5vP5T6KeYE Since 2002, the Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) and Honolulu Community College’s Marine Education and Training Center (METC) have been working together to develop a learning center that combines the voyaging and cultural expertise of PVS and the educational background of the University of Hawaiʻi into a new, experience-driven format of training for future students. “We are just so fortunate, so lucky, that there was a Marine Education Training Center and that there was a place to finally take care of Hōkūleʻa,” says PVS President Nainoa Thompson. “[The METC] was a place that we could conduct the kinds of education that are tied to our values and contribute to the strengthening of Hawaiian culture.” Restoring Hōkūleʻa Honolulu CC would step up again in 2010, when tens of thousands of volunteer…
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