Event Description:

The 2nd Annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit was a three day conference March 13-15, 2014 for work planning, program sharing, and skill building for sustainability for the University of Hawaii 10-campus system and higher education colleagues at Hawaii Pacific University, Brigham Young University—Hawaii, and Chaminade University.

Pictures from the event are available here.

Organized by a collaborative group of faculty, staff, students, and administrators throughout the state, and supported by University of Hawaii System Office and Vice-President for Community Colleges John Morton, the conference included four tracks:

  • Policy Work and Planning – build on the proposed UH Sustainability Policy created at the 1st Annual Summit and develop action plans to establish goals and projects
  • Program Sharing – through concurrent sessions and a poster session, share best practices and case studies
  • Skill Building and Service Projects – through Friday workshops and Saturday site visits and service project, develop skills and contribute through community work
  • Student Leadership – Develop action plans for the Student Sustainability Coalition of Hawaii, the newly formed statewide student organization


Build on the foundation created at the 1st Annual Summit for a statewide and University of Hawaii System Sustainability Strategy – establish sustainability goals through a work session, share best practices, and build lasting relationships to support institutional sustainability transformation.

Registration Details
Program and Keynotes (Detailed Schedule is here and Friday’s Presentations are listed here)
Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities

Event Details:

Who:  All campus and community members interested in helping create more sustainable universities in Hawaii
Where:  University of Hawaii Windward Community College, Kaneohe, HI ; see Directions and Map
When: Thursday, March 13th – Saturday, March 15th, 2014
Registration: REGISTER NOW

Key Goals and Outcomes:

  • Honor and learn from host culture and the history of our place
  • Produce do-able action plans for the UH System Sustainability Strategy
  • ——Encourage collaboration and coordination across the state’s higher education institutions
  • Share case studies, best practices, and challenges through concurrent sessions and a poster session in key topic areas such as recycling, energy efficiency, transportation, curriculum, student life, food systems, and campus operations
  • Learn skills to support sustainability transformation on campus and beyond
  • —Encourage and support student leadership
  • —Build lasting relationships among participants
  • Celebrate our successes
  • Help to improve/beautify the host institution and the community it serves through a service project


  • Integrate the Hawaiian perspective on the natural environment and honor Hawaiian culture and history; honor, in particular, the place where the event is hosted
  • —Be as close to Zero Waste as possible
  • Practice carbon off-setting
  • —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

For more information:
Please Contact Us or email Daita Serghi, Event Coordinator

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