[FALL ʻ17] Study Sustainability Courses at University of Hawai’i campuses systemwide

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The S-Designation helps you to easily find sustainability courses offered at UH so that your higher education remains relevant in a rapidly changing world, so that you are able to not only equipped to understand our relationships and function with the biosphere and each other, you are empowered to create a thriving & flourishing livelihood amidst times of change. Similar to the way “WI” identifies a Writing Intensive course, “S” identifies a course that is sustainability-focused or sustainability-related. The S-Designation is indicated in Banner comments, and some sustainability-focused courses will appear on your transcript. The S-Designation was created to help you more easily connect with faculty teaching awesome sustainability courses, and to provide students with the opportunity to study sustainability from a variety of perspectives. Questions about a particular course can be directed to the instructor for the course. Click…
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[SUSTAINABILITY COURSES]: OCN 101 – Introduction to Environmental Science and Sustainability

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UPDATED: Time and location updated to MWF 1:30 - 2:20 Wanatabe 420 Learn about the dynamic intersections between environmental sciences and human dimensions in this new introductory course offered by the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology - SOEST taught by Dr. Michael Cooney. As Sustainability science has emerged in the 21st century as a new academic discipline, it brings together scholarship and practice, global and local perspectives, and disciplines across the natural and social sciences, engineering, and medicine — facilitating the design, implementation, and evaluation of practical interventions that promote sustainability in particular places and contexts. The courses offered in this track are designed to provide a “tool box” or set of quantitative skills that enable the environmental scientist to execute sustainability analyses and to implement sustainable systems within…
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[FACULTY RESOURCE]: How do we re-humanize our institutions?

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In this webinar, Krista Hiser and Matt Lynch share lessons from an ongoing dialogue in the University of Hawaii system about indigenous knowledge and global sustainability in the context of a complex history of social injustices, and contemporary communities already experiencing localized climate change impacts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUA_TepsFBQ&feature=youtu.be A concept paper from Hawaii’s 5th Annual Summit Sustainability in Higher Education will be shared, with emphasis on a panel of scholars representing indigenous and western frameworks exploring "the Meeting of Wisdoms between ancestral knowledge and modern empirical sciences". [caption id="attachment_1988" align="alignnone" width="640"] (From L to R): Tim Botkin, Albie Miles, Aurora Vivani-Kagawa, Rosie Alegado, Noa Lincoln, Pauline Chinn, Matthew K Lynch. March 16, 2017 #HSHE17[/caption] Krista and Matt will share a synthesis of sustainability learning outcomes, pedagogical practices, and suggestions for mutual strengthening of indigenous…
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2016 UH Office of Sustainability Annual Report now available

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuT59HBdejo Watch highlights from the UH Office of Sustainability teamʻs 2016 annual report at the January 26, 2017 Board of Regents meeting at UH Mānoa Information Technology Center, including updates from: Watch highlights from the UH Office of Sustainability teamʻs 2016 annual report at the January 26, 2017 Board of Regents meeting at UH Mānoa Information Technology Center, including updates from: Jan Gouveia, Vice President for Administration Matthew K Lynch, System Sustainability Coordinator Miles Topping, Director of Energy Management Krista Hiser, Interim System Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator Download a copy of the full report here.
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[HAWAII CC] Powerful pioneering ag-to-culinary partnership pleases palates

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaPJoRJfdZw A beautiful academic partnership is blooming across the Hawaiʻi Community College campus. The agriculture program is providing produce for the campus’ culinary program and students on both sides are thrilled. Hawaiʻi CC agriculture student Ana Murillo said, “I feel that that this is very important to Hawaiʻi because 90 percent of our food is imported.” The ag students are growing lettuce, tomatoes and edible flowers among other requested crops for their culinary counterparts. “The best part is getting the knowledge to grow our own food and how to grow sustainably or organically,” noted Hawaiʻi CC agriculture student Joshua Agno. Once their crops are picked and washed, they are whisked to Hawaiʻi CC’s kitchens. Students and the community can enjoy the culinary creations at campus dining establishments. Culinary Instructor Brian Hirata,…
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[FACULTY RESOURCE]: Why do we need the S-Designation?

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Why do we need the S-Designation? ​The University of Hawaii Executive Policy on Sustainability (EP 4.202​) directs the university to: "Develop new courses and programs related to sustainability that articulate across campuses, Integrate sustainability principles into existing curricula, Develop campus and community sites for field-based learning in sustainability, including university operational improvements in sustainability, Incorporate sustainability in co-curricular activities, and Develop professional development for faculty and students in sustainability." Mahalo to UH President David Lassner for providing resources and leadership to move this effort forward, bringing together related initiatives: STEM, SENCER, Hawaii Papa O ke Au, and the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage. Creating Curricular Coherence & Catalyzing Change https://youtu.be/lADBVtgvcYc?t=4m24s The S Designation has been in development for over a decade.  It functions as an effective professional development strategy to update and transform…
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[UH HILO] New course explores food, agriculture & sustainability

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A new course designed to help Hawaiʻi move forward in local food production and tourism is being offered this semester at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. The course on Agricultural and Food Tourism is covering the momentum of foodie movements—locavore, Hawaiʻi Regional Cuisine, farm-to-table, food festivals—to examine how they can support the flourishing tourist market. Guiding the course are themes of sustainability, cultural respect and teaching people through the metaphors of “island as earth” and “we are all in one canoe.” “The course is geared towards hearing from people who have already engaged with food and ag tourism and those who wish to,” says Kimberly “Brooke” Hansen, an adjunct faculty in anthropology who is teaching the course. Guest speakers for the course include Audrey Wilson (acclaimed food writer), Tom…
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[DEC 9]: S-Designation information session at UH Palamanui

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Palamanui campus is a unique environment to our students and community; join us as we collectively forge the path ahead in creating a sustainable future for our campus and community. "Sustainability education can be leveraged as a platform for the meeting of wisdoms: ancestral knowledge and modern empirical sciences,” said Matthew K Lynch, System Sustainability Coordinator. “Palamanui is well-positioned to be a leader in these efforts and we seek to learn from your campusʻ perspectives, as well as to share lessons learned from other campus communities.” Palamanui Faculty and Staff are invited to participate in an enthusiastic dialogue about the future of Pālamanui courses and degrees aligned with the institutional-wide Sustainability movement.
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Decade Zero: Understanding Climate Disruption

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This Kapiolani Community College S-Designated course is a joint English and Biology class exploring the science and rhetoric of climate change. Fall ʻ16, meets Tuesday/Thursday from 9:15-10:30 am and 12:15-1:45pm. For more information contact: Krista Hiser, PhD Professor Faculty Service & Sustainability Learning Coordinator, Kapi'olani Community College Interim System Sustainability Curriculum Coordinator, UH Office of Sustainability hiser@hawaii.edu Wendy A. Kuntz, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Biology/Ecology Math and Sciences Department Kapi'olani Community College, University of Hawai'i Office: Koki'o 104 Phone: 808-734-9869 Email: wkuntz@hawaii.edu
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