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Event Description

The 1st Annual Hawai‘i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit was a two day conference for policy planning and program sharing about sustainability initiatives in the University of Hawai‘i 10 campus system, and higher education colleagues at Hawai‘i Pacific University, Brigham Young University—Hawai‘i, and Chaminade University. The conference took place Thursday, April 11th, 2PM-8PM and Friday, April 12th, 8AM-5PM.

Along with invited speakers and keynotes, the summit included three multi-part tracks:

  • Policy Development Track – These sessions were the cornerstone of the Summit and allowed participants to provide feedback on the development of a University of Hawai‘i Sustainability Policy and organizational structure.
  • Program Sharing Track – Selected presenters shared case studies, skill building workshops, research presentations, etc. To access the full listing of the program, including presentations pdf’s and video recordings of the talks, please visit Presentations and Presenters
  • Student Forum Track – These sessions provided a venue for student leaders to meet, share ideas, and explore the creation of a statewide student network. For more information, please contact Daita Serghi

Keynote presentations

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Kamuela Enos, Towards an A`ina-Based Sustainability Model
Leith Sharp, National and International Efforts of Sustainability in Higher Education
Matthew St. Clair, Sustainability in the University of California System – A Roadmap to Success


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Thursday, April 11th 2pm-8pm

  • 2:00 Registration Opens
    • Student Forum Part 1 (2-4pm) 
    • Campus Sustainability Tours
  • 3:00 Opening Reception Begins
  • 4:00 Welcome & Orientation 
    • John Morton, University of Hawai‘i Vice President for Community Colleges
    • Jeffrey Acido, University of Hawai‘i Student Regent
    • Cam Muir, University of Hawai‘i Hilo Sustainability Coordinator
    • Josh Prigge, Hawai‘i Pacific University Sustainability Coordinator
  • 4:30 Welina / Hawaiian Opening Protocol
  • 5:00 Dinner & Sponsor Presentation
  • 6:00 Keynotes and Introduction to the Statewide Initiative
    • Kamuela Enos, MA‘O Organic Farms Director of Social Enterprise
    • Leith Sharp, Chair of the Sustainable Futures Academy and Harvard Sustainability Instructor
    • Aurora Winslade, University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu Director of Sustainability
  • 8:00 Pau

Friday, April 12th 8am-5pm

  • 8:00 Continental breakfast
  • 8:30 Welcome (Hosted by Joie Taylor)
    • Stacy Garcia, Associated Students of the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu President
    • Gene Awakuni, University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu Chancellor
    • M.R.C. Greenwood, University of Hawai‘i System President
  • 9:00 Keynote Address
    • Matthew St. Clair, University of California Office of the President Sustainability Manager
  • 9:30 Policy Development Part 1 (Facilitated by Cheryl Kaʻuhane Lupenui and Matthew Lynch

    • 10:00-11:25 Concurrent Presentations (for those not in Policy Development Part 1) 
  • 11:30 Lunch and Poster Session (Hosted by Krista Hiser and Graceson Ghen)

  • 1:05 Concurrent Sessions (Participants Choose One)
    • Policy Development Session Part 2
    • Student Forum Part 2
    • Program Sharing Presentations and Workshops Part 1 
  • 2:30 BreakCampus Center downstairs cafe
  • 3:05 Program Sharing Presentations and Workshops Part 2 
  • 4:30 Closing Circle (Great Lawn)
  • 5:00 Pau

Guest and Keynote Speakers

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M.R.C Greenwood, University of Hawai‘i System President
MRC Greenwood An internationally known researcher and nationally recognized leader in higher education, M.R.C. Greenwood became the 14th president of the University of Hawai‘i in August 2009. She unites strong belief in the exceptional caliber of the UH System with determination to develop the university’s voice as a national leader in higher education.
The first woman to serve as UH’s chief executive officer, Greenwood brings experience as both a campus and university system leader.
As provost and senior vice president–academic affairs for the University of California system, the system’s second highest position, she led task forces on long range planning and graduate and professional education, supported a new science and math initiative and worked to rebalance the university’s academic portfolio and make admissions procedures more transparent.
As chancellor of UC Santa Cruz 1996–2004, she led the campus through a period of great growth, opening the UC system’s first new residential college in 30 years, expanding academic programs by 52 percent, hiring 250 new faculty members, more than doubling extramural research support and constructing nearly a million assignable square feet in academic buildings. Major accomplishments included launching the campus’s first professional school, securing National Science Foundation and private support for the Center for Adaptive Optics, establishing a UC Silicon Valley Center; and developing the nation’s first NASA University Affiliated Research Center.
A national leader on science and technology policy and an expert on higher education policy issues, Greenwood served as associate director and consultant to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and chaired the National Academies Policy and Global Affairs Division. As a member of state and national committees and councils, she has tackled issues from writing in America’s schools and biomedical careers for women to national security and ethics of the information society.
She is past-president and fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, fellow of the American Academies of Arts and Sciences, member of the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences and former member of the National Science Board.
An expert on obesity and diabetes, Greenwood most recently served as vice-chair of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention. She has also served as director of the Foods for Health Initiative, chair of the Graduate Group in Nutritional Biology and distinguished professor of nutrition and internal medicine at UC Davis. She has published extensively, received numerous scientific awards and been president of the Obesity Society and the American Society of Clinical Nutrition, chair of the Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine and fellow of the American Society for Nutrition.
Greenwood graduated summa cum laude from Vassar College and received her PhD from The Rockefeller University. A self-described voracious and eclectic reader, she also enjoys volunteer work, hiking, sailing and being a “soccer grandma.”

John Morton, University of Hawai‘i Vice President for Community Colleges
John MortonAs vice president for community colleges, John Morton is responsible for executive leadership, policy decision-making, resource allocation and development of appropriate support services for the university’s seven community colleges. It is his second stint in a systemwide role; he previously took on a special assignment to help direct implementation of a systemwide online student registration system.
Chancellor of Kapi‘olani Community College since 1984, Morton previously served as dean of instruction at Leeward Community College. He started his UH career at that campus as a faculty member in both chemistry and political science.
Active in community affairs, Morton has served as president of the Hawai‘i Services on Deafness Board and the Hawai‘i Health Information Corporation Board and as a member of the Board of Trustees of ASSETS School.
Morton holds a BS in chemistry and MA in political science from the University of Illinois and a PhD in communication and information sciences from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.

Gene Awakuni, University of Hawai‘i West O‘ahu Chancellor
Gene Awakuni Gene Awakuni joined University of Hawai‘i as chief executive of the West O‘ahu campus in March 2005. He previously served as vice provost for student affairs at Stanford University, where he had joint oversight for a division of 650 staff members, and managed eight major departments at Columbia University, including dining, health, business and financial services; university bookstores; residence halls; the registrar’s office and student information systems.
He also served as vice president for student affairs and university advancement at Cal Poly Pomona, assistant vice chancellor for student academic services at University of California, Santa Barbara and director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center at University of California, Irvine.
Awakuni earned his doctorate in counseling and consulting psychology at Harvard University. He received a master’s in clinical social work and a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
A counseling psychologist, Awakuni has taught courses relating to the interaction of psychology and ethnicity and recently co-authored a book entitled Resistance to Multiculturalism: Issues and Interventions. He served as president of the national association Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education. While at U.C. Irvine, he won a teaching award called My Last Lecture.

Kamuela Enos, Social Enterprise Director at MA`O Organic Farms.
KamuelaMr. Kamuela Joseph Nui Enos brings a lifetime of experience to the INPEACE board. He was born and raised in Waiʻanae, on the island of O‘ahu. He is the son of long time community organizer and Kalo farmer Eric Enos. Keeping with his father’s tradition of community activism, Mr. Enos continues to serve his beloved Waiʻanae as a mentor and leader. He has earned a Bachelors Degree in Hawaiian Studies and has recently moved up the ranks to receive a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. The focus of his thesis is Utilizing Traditional Hawaiian Land Use Practices to Create Sustainability Paradigms for the 21st Century. Both degrees along with his love for his community have been geared toward improving outcomes for Native Hawaiians. He now serves as a Commissoner on President Obama’s Commission on Asian and Pacific Islanders and is currently the Director of Social Enterprise at MAʻO Organic Farms. Mr. Enos’s vision for his community aligns perfectly with the mission and vision of INPEACE to improve the quality of life for Native Hawaiians.

Leith Sharp, Chair of the Sustainable Futures Academy and Harvard Sustainability Instructor
leithLeith Sharp has spent 20 years driving sustainability into the core business of higher education. Leith established one of world’s first campus sustainability programs in 1995 at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. Leith was the founding director of Harvard’s Office for Sustainability leading Harvard to become a global leader in campus sustainability. Leith was the founding executive director for the Illinois Green Economy Network, a partnership of 48 community college presidents targeting green economic growth. Leith was the founding Chair of the Sustainability Futures Academy, an international collaboration driving executive leadership development for sustainability. Leith consults with universities and other organizations around the world and has taught change leadership for sustainability at Harvard University for the last 10 years, earning numerous commendations for distinguished teaching performance. Leith has an engineering degree (UNSW) and a master of education (Harvard).

Matthew St. Clair, UC Office of the President Sustainability Manager
matthewMatthew St.Clair is the first Sustainability Manager for the University of California’s Office of the President, leading sustainability efforts across the 10-campus UC system since 2004. Under his leadership, UC has earned 125 LEED certifications and avoided more than $90 million in utility costs, and has committed to goals for carbon neutrality and zero waste.
Mr. St.Clair is a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Energy Innovations, a non-profit organization implementing energy conservation programs in California.
Mr. St.Clair has delivered lectures at numerous universities, been an invited keynote speaker at several regional and national conferences, and has advised the U.S. House of Representatives on the formation of an Office of Sustainability for the U.S. Capitol. He has been profiled in Business Week and Business Officer magazines, and was given the 2007 Sustainability Champion award at the 6th Annual California University Sustainability Conference.
Mr. St.Clair has a Masters degree in environmental policy from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in economics from Swarthmore College. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Jillian Buckholz, AASHE Senior Programs Coordinator
Jillian BuckholzJillian Buckholz, Senior Programs Coordinator, is responsible for customer support, educational programming, and outreach around all AASHE programs. Prior to AASHE, Jillian was the first sustainability coordinator in the California State University system at CSU, Chico. In this position she managed sustainability efforts across the campus; developed a campus-wide sustainability assessment; piloted the AASHE STARS campus sustainability rating program; and co-created SCOOP, an award winning on-campus office sustainability assessment tool. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Geography from Ohio University and a master’s degree in Geography and Planning from CSU, Chico. When not working on AASHE Programs Jillian spends her time enjoying the wonders of upstate New York.

Jeffrey Acido, University of Hawai‘i Student Regent
Jeff AcidoJeffrey Tangonan Acido is pursuing his PhD at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Acido attended Honolulu Community College and did a study abroad in Korea through Kapi‘olani Community College and later transferred to earn a BA in religion at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa. Acido also earned a masters in theology while studying in a seminary at Berkeley, California.
He worked in varied fields of employment—food service industry, truck delivery, non-profit organizations, community college promoter, DOE part-time teacher and a lecturer at UH Manoa, where Acido continues to teach Philippine Popular Culture for the Ilokano program.
Active in the community, he is involved in the issues of language and social equity. Acido is the program director of Nakem Youth, an organization that promotes social justice, faith, community and the use of mother-language in education. He is also a board member of Hawai‘i Peace and Justice and a program director for Rise Up!, a program dedicated to leadership development, inter-generational dialogue and ethnic and indigenous consciousness for the youth of Hawai‘i using critical education.

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