Speakers, Facilitators, Hosts, Planning Committee Members

Speakers, Facilitators and Hosts
Planning Committee Members

Speakers, Facilitators and Hosts

Aurora Winslade, UH Manoa, Sustainability Coordinator.
Aurora WinsladeAurora Winslade is Sustainability Coordinator at the University of Hawai‘i – Manoa. She is responsible for academic and operational sustainability assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation. Prior to moving to O`ahu in May 2012, she was founding director of the University of California Santa Cruz Sustainability Office and helped to establish the first UC Sustainable Practices Policy in 2003. Aurora facilitates regional and national trainings for sustainability professionals and educators and has consulted with organizations including the National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program, the Taiwan Ministry of Education, and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Aurora is certified in Permaculture Design and is a frequent presenter locally, nationally, and internationally on sustainability in higher education.

Krista Hiser, Kapiolani CC, Faculty.
Krista HiserDr. Krista Hiser is Associate Professor of English at Kapi’olani CC, and teaches developmental and college-level writing in the context of Eco-composition. Her dissertation in Educational Administration at UHM focused on student perspectives on sustainability in the curriculum. She serves on Kap CC’s sustainability committee, and is also Faculty Service Learning & Sustainability Coordinator.


Matthew Lynch, Director, Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design.
Matthew LynchMatt Lynch is a reformed capitalist exploring Regenerative Design at the forefront of human innovation. After a 10-year career in mortgage banking & finance, he left the islands with a desire to explore the word ‘Sustainability’ – and spent the next two years wandering the planet seeking out people, places, and projects working to make our world a better place.
His immersive hands-on learning approach led him to be taught & mentored by some of Australia’s best permaculturists, and fired him with a passion for sharing & teaching permaculture design. With an engaging style and a penchant for making complex concepts simply understood, he was recognized in 2012 by the Hawaii State Senate for co-teaching Oahu’s first-ever Permaculture Design Course.
Matt’s work in Restorative Agriculture, Regenerative Enterprise, and Sustainable Economic Development has taken him to Australia, New Zealand, Mongolia, Germany, Vanuatu, and now back to Hawai‘i. He is the author of ‘Regenerative Business 1.0: Beyond Sustainability’, and (along with a small group of committed activists) is co-founder of the reciprocal volunteer movement known as Permablitz – Hawaii’s Edible Garden Revolution. He is the founder of The Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, and serves on the boards for the Hawaii Organic Farming Association, and TEDxHonolulu.

Josh Prigge, Hawaii Pacific University, Sustainability Coordinator
Josh PriggeJosh Prigge currently works as the Sustainability Coordinator for Hawai’i Pacific University. Born and raised in Minnesota, Josh has developed professional experience in teaching, coaching, management, and sales before rededicating his career to sustainability in 2009. Just under four years ago, Josh made the move from Minnesota to Hawai’i to study in HPU’s Master of Arts in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development graduate program. During his two years in the program Josh became active on campus and in the community by becoming the Vice President of HPU’s GREEN Club and interning as the Campaign Coordinator for then State Senator Gary Hooser’s Lieutenant Governor campaign. In 2010, Josh became HPU’s first ever Sustainability Coordinator, which started as a part-time position and became a full-time staff position six months later. Josh has continued to expand on his sustainability skills and education by obtaining a LEED Green Associate accreditation, completing the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified training, and beginning work on the Building Operator Certification training program as well as a Master of Business Administration degree at HPU. Josh is passionate about working collaboratively with all campuses across the State to advance sustainability throughout Hawaii’s higher education institutions.

Planning Committee Members

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Brigham Young University Hawaii David Lewis VP Construction & Facilities Management
Hawai`i CC Zachary Mermel  Sustainability Coordinator
Hawai`i CC Christopher Jacobsen Faculty
Hawai`i Pacific University Josh Prigge Sustainability Coordinator
Honolulu CC Norman Takeya Faculty
Kapiolani CC Krista Hiser Faculty
Kapiolani CC Bob Franco Faculty and Director
Kauai CC Eric Knutzen Director
Kauai CC Laura Williams Instructor
Leeward CC Bill Labby Program Coordinator
UH Maui College Tom Botkin Program Coordinator
UH Hilo Sasha Davis Faculty and Sustainability Coordinator
UH Manoa Philip Johnson Faculty
UH Manoa Steve Meder Assistant Vice-Chancellor
UH Manoa Aurora Winslade Sustainability Coordinator
UH West Oahu Melissa Saul Specialist
UH System Daita Serghi Sustainability Coordinator
University of Hawai`i Community Colleges Suzette Robinson Director of Academic Programs
UH Manoa Doorae Shin
UH Maui College Zhenya Delate
Kauai CC Michael Estes
Hawaii CC George Kekauoha
UH Hilo Jonathan Wong

Bob Franco, Kapiolani CC, Faculty and Director.
Bob FrancoDr. Robert Franco is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Office for Institutional Effectiveness at Kapi’olani Community College. He is an ecological and urban anthropologist focusing on contemporary Hawaiian, Samoan, and Micronesian educational, employment, health, housing, and cultural issues. He has published scholarly and policy research on Samoan political and cultural change, the meaning and management of water in ancient Hawaii, and sociocultural factors affecting Oceanic fisheries. In 2009, he collaborated with the American Samoa Humanities Council to produce American Samoa’s first written history textbook.
He provides national leadership on diversity and democracy issues for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and the American Council on Education. For AAC&U, he serves on the Advisory Boards for their Community College Roadmap (MetLife-funded) and Bridging Cultures (NEH-funded) initiatives. In 2012, he was named one of 20 national “Beacons of Vision, Hope, and Action” by the Community College National Center for Community Engagement (CCNCCE). He has led Hawaii’s statewide development of service-learning with six grants from Hawaii-Pacific Islands Campus Compact (UHM) and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
He currently serves as a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to integrate and institutionalize STEM innovations, and oversees the evaluation of four major NSF grants at Kapi’olani. He is also a Leadership Fellow for NSF’s Science and Civic Engagement initiative (SENCER.net), and leads SENCER’s Keck Foundation grant supporting undergraduate science reform in 17 western states. Finally, he co-leads the “Diversity, Education, and Workforce” component of the NSF HI EPSCoR program.

Philip Johnson, UH Manoa, Faculty.
Philip JohnsonDr. Philip Johnson is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii, and Director of the Collaborative Software Development Laboratory, whose members do research on software engineering, renewable energy, and serious game development. For the past four years, he has led the Kukui Cup Project, which explores how to use information technology to produce sustained positive changes in energy behavior. Since 2011, Kukui Cup challenges have been held at the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University, and the East-West Center, and over 1000 students have participated so far across these three institutions. The project seeks to expand to more universities and into primary and secondary schools in the coming years.

Eric Knutzen, Kauai CC, Director.
Eric KnutzenEric Knutzen is the Executive Director for Hoouluwehi, the Sustainable Living Institute of Kauai.  The institute’s mission is to honor and build upon Kauai’s history and diverse cultures, providing a focal point for sustainable solutions island wide.  Curriculum development, partnerships, related research and projects are targeted around sustainable food production, energy, waste management and sustainable / affordable housing.

Bill Labby, Leeward CC, Program Coordinator.
Bill LabbyBill Labby is the Industry, Trades and Sustainability Programs Coordinator for the Office of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (OCEWD) at Leeward Community College. Bill recently expanded the Process Technology Program to include biofuels process operations including biodiesel and ethanol production. He has been working with the University of Hawaii, Pacific Center for Advanced Technical Training (PCATT) , Hawaiian Electric, Siemens, and other industry professionals on a project developing curriculum for Intelligent Energy Management Systems-Smartgrid workforce training. He is a member of the Leeward Community College sustainability committee. Bill retired from the United States Navy in 2001 where he served as an Electronic Warfare Specialist. Bill is committed to the advancement of sustainable technology through training the next generation workforce to understand, install, operate, and maintain sustainable equipment and systems in the field of energy production transmission and distribution.

David Lewis, Brigham Young University Hawaii, VP Construction & Facilities Management.
David LewisDavid came to BYU–Hawaii in 2011 with nearly two decades of operational and managerial experience in facilities, construction and planning. He is specialized in both commercial and residential construction projects, and has served as a general contractor on projects of varying sizes and levels of complexity. As a business owner, his company received the People’s Choice Award in the Utah Valley Home Builders Association Parade of Homes. David has twice been recognized as Builder of the Year by the UVHBA.
David is responsible for master planning and strategic direction of Board-approved construction projects and renovations at BYU–Hawaii. In addition, he oversees the university’s facilities management department, including custodial, design and construction, shops, and grounds.

Stephen Meder, UH Manoa, Assistant Vice-Chancellor.
Stephen MederDr. Stephen Meder is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Physical, Environment and Long-Range Planning at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He also holds a joint academic appointment there as he serves as the Director of the School of Architecture’s Environmental Research and Design Lab and as the Director of the Center for Smart Building and Community Design at the UH Sea Grant College Program in the School of Earth Science and Technology (SOEST).
Stephen Meder holds  Doctorate of Architecture and  Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Hawaii. At a State level he serves on the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative’s Energy Efficiency Task Force. On campus level he has initiated many sustainable design and energy efficiency programs. His office supports the UHM Sustainability Council and he was a founding member of the Chancellor’s Commission on Climate Change.  His work at the administrative level emphasizes sustainable design with integrated campus planning and policies.
His research, teaching and publications are focused in the areas of solar design and sustainable building design practices. In 2007 he received a national American Institute of Architects Eco-Literacy Award for combining his classroom teaching with community outreach. He was awarded the University of Hawaii, Hung Wo and Elizabeth Lau Ching 2008 Community Service Award. Students from his classes and lab have won the 2010 US Green Building Council’s Emerging Talent National Design competition and the 2012 UHM Student Team Excellence Award for their work from the Environmental Lab.

Suzette Robinson, UH Community Colleges, Director of Academic Programs.
Suzette RobinsonSuzette Robinson is the Director of Academic Programs in the Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges (OVPCC).As the Director of Academic Programs, she works with the campuses’ academic and student services leaders in matters related to student success. Prior to coming to OVPCC, she was at UHMaui College for 32 years. There she took on many roles–Coordinator of the Learning Center, English faculty/department chair, Director of Continuing Education, Assistant Dean of Instruction, and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Her interest in “everything sustainable” began when she was Director of Continuing Education and had the opportunity to visit a number of colleges on the mainland such as University of Tennessee and University of California, San Diego where sustainability is a major component of the college’s everyday life style. Later, she had the opportunity to attend the International Small Island Studies Association (ISISA) conference in Taiwan where environmental leaders from small islands around the world came together to share their latest research on water recycling, waste management, and environmental (land and water) conditions. While she is not as involved in environmental activities as she was previously, she is still very interested in efforts that help people be good stewards of the environment.

Daita Serghi, UH System, Sustainability Coordinator; UH Manoa, Faculty.
Daita SerghiDr. Daita Serghi with a strong interest for both higher education and sustainability is the main coordinator for the Annual Hawaii Sustainability in Higher Education Summit and is involved with the UH System Sustainability Strategy and the UH System Sustainability Policy. Additionally, as a Lecturer at UH Manoa she teaches both Introductory Biology to non-majors as well as advanced Molecular or Cell Biology classes. With a PhD in Molecular Biology from Columbia University in the City of New York, when she started her professional career at Leeward Community College teaching Environment and Ecology she became passionate about applying sustainability to all facets of life while inspiring constructive change and efficiency. Daita redesigned syllabi and created curricula to engage students with sustainability in various ways while using the latest teaching trends and technologies in higher education.
Furthermore, Daita is the coordinator of the Sustainability Association of Hawaii – a non-profit organization with the mission to educate, promote and advocate for businesses, organizations, and green professionals working to grow a thriving local economy for Hawaii – is a LEED Green Associate and a Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) certified reporter.

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