The Annual Hawaii In Higher Education Summit is a yearly event for empowering higher education in Hawaii to lead the sustainability transformation of our communities.

Faculty, staff, students and administrators from the University of Hawaii 10-campus System, Hawaii Pacific University, Hawaii’s Brigham Young University Hawaii, Chaminade University, and Hawaii’s University of Phoenix, Hawaii as well as invited politicians, state and federal officials, local and national sustainable business representatives, non-profit organizations leaders, and community members convene to establish and advance sustainability goals through a work sessions, share best practices in research & theory, frameworks & activities, learning outcomes, tools & strategies and build lasting relationships to support institutional sustainability transformation in Hawaii.

In addition to sustainability tours, awards and networking opportunities the Summits include four tracks:

  • Policy and Planning (work sessions),
  • Program Sharing (concurrent sessions and a poster session),
  • Skill Building and Service Projects (workshops, site visits, service-learning project)
  • Student Leadership (Student Summit to support the state-wide Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaii)

For more information about the 1st Annual Hawaii In Higher Education Summit, held April 11-12, 2013 at University of Hawaii West Oahu, please read here.

For more information about the 2nd Annual Hawaii In Higher Education Summit, held March 13-15, 2014 at University of Hawaii Windward Community College, please read here.

The 3rd Annual Hawaii In Higher Education Summit, is scheduled for February 26-28, 2015 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. For more information about the event, please read here. Please direct any inquires to Matt Lynch, Event Coordinator or by visiting the contact us page.

To be added to the UH System Sustainability mailing list please email Matt Lynch.  Mailing list traffic is relatively low (normally no more than a few messages a month.)


  • Integrate the Hawaiian perspective on the natural environment and honor Hawaiian culture and history; honor, in particular, the place where the event is hosted
  • Strive towards zero waste
  • Practice carbon off-setting & minimize carbon footprint of the event
  • —Be participatory, inclusive, and interactive
  • —Allow time for talking story and relationship building
  • —Balance work on broad-based sustainability strategies (policies, positions, assessments) and work on specific topics/projects
  • —Make the event accessible to a wide variety of people including faculty, staff and administrators, and students; provide scholarships for those who could not otherwise attend
  • ——Grow and improve over time

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