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The Office of Sustainability functions as a backbone organization, working with across UH campuses to compliment, support and enhance the existing sustainability work under way, and to provide coordination capacity for campuses to share information and resources with each other to accelerate action to strengthen the environmental, social, cultural and economic health of our islands’ communities.

The University of Hawai‘i Office of Sustainability was established in 2015 under Executive Sustainability Policy EP 4.202, which outlines 5 overarching strategic directives that guide the University’s strategic priorities and activities pertaining to Sustainability: Operations, Curriculum, Research, Engagement, Cultural Connections.

Matthew K Lynch

Director of Sustainability Initiatives Matthew Kamakani Lynch has worked in a broad range of community-based sustainable development projects from Laos to Mongolia to Vanuatu; from building rural community resilience through…

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Miles Topping

Director, Office of Energy Management Miles is an Electrical Systems Engineer with 20 years of experience fulfilling various roles in the design, build, and delivery of electrical systems. He has…

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Krista Hiser, PhD

Director, UH System Center for Sustainability Across the Curriculum Krista is a longtime Professor at Kapiʻolani Community College where she teaches composition, climate communication, and climate fiction. Her PhD in Educational…

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Nicole Chatterson

  Sustainability Living Lab Coordinator Nicole is  political ecologist whose work unpacks the entwined topics of waste and consumer culture. She has a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy and…

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Shawnie Fowler

Operations and Logistics Manager  

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Malcolm Mekaru

Sustainability Data and Communications Specialist Malcolm brings his experience in art, software engineering, and broadcast television production to the Office of Sustainability. An alumnus of the University of Hawai'i, he…

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Joseph Valenti, Director of Hawaii's Wood Utilization Team

Joseph Valenti

Joseph Valenti is the Director of Hawaii's Wood Utilization Team (HWUT) and the founder of The Albizia Project. In 2016 he earned his Doctorate degree in Architecture from the University…

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Kaleo Ten

Social Media Strategist Kaleo is passionate about the value of sharing indigenous wisdom and ancestral knowledge to solve some of the issues of our modern world. Working to promote enduring,…

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Past Team Members

Rosemary Kulhavy-Sutherland

Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 Waste Reduction Fellow Rosie journeyed from the far shores of Maui to study Animation at UH Mānoa. In high school she worked on community betterment…

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Jillian Cristobal

Nitrogen Footprint Fellow Jillian is our Nitrogen Footprint expert, having worked for three years to gather data for UH Mānoa’s first Carbon & Nitrogen Footprint. She is an undergraduate student…

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Christina Kalewahea

Energy Fellow Christina is an undergraduate at UH Mānoa studying a double major in information technology management and finance, with experience in data analysis in clean tech sector. She is interested in equitable renewable…

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Savannah Adler

Savannah Adler

UH Mānoa Earth Day Fellow My name is Savannah Adler and I am a Senior at the University of Hawaii at Manoa majoring in Fashion Design and Merchandising. I currently…

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Last modified: July 22, 2019
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