UH Hilo Sustainability Blog
Since the early weeks of the semester, your UH Hilo Sustainability Team has been off to an incredibly effective start.
New to our campus, is an establish Sustainability Coalition of the University of Hawaii at Hilo (SCUHH). Comprised of this coalition is the UH administrative sustainability committee, UHHSA sustainability committee and the newest entity- the Students of Sustainability (S.O.S). Together, the 3 groups have been working efficiently to implement new sustainable systems and policy’s on campus.
Of the main focus projects right now is the Waste Diversion Program. Since last semester, students have been working to divert as much waste that would otherwise head for the landfill to composted quality soil product. Last semester, the students of Professor Norman Arancon’s Ag294 class were able to divert 140lb. of solid waste material. UHH S.O.S has taken over the project this semester and is working to expand the composting arenas to the dorms, Hale Kehau Dining Hall and the remaining buildings. Currently there are 2 waste stations composed of a dry paper waste, compost, recycle and landfill bin at the following locations:
(2) Campus Center Plaza
(2) Library Lanai
In association to this project, the sustainability committee has been working on a campus wide waste analysis study, mainly focusing on the waste generated via our 3rd party food vendors on campus and alternative solutions. Certain policy’s are working to be established such as a institutional wide ban on Sytrofoam. Any commentary on this behalf is encouraged and can be submitted to email@example.com.
S.O.S is also working on construction of two large waste stations for the main campus SODEXO dining hall. These waste stations will replace the current waste options in place and encourage students to sort their waste accordingly. Anyone interested in volunteering for construction of these bins can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Hawaii’s 5th annual Sustainability Summit is approaching this month, March 16-18th at UH Manoa Campus. Your SOS Executive Committee will be attending in hopes to collaborate with other campus’s with new innovative plans to sustain our entire system, ultimately contributing to healthier and happier island wide communities!
If you have not already, please take a moment to take the UH Hilo Sustainability Survey.
Blue Zones project
Kolin reports: Bluezones signage is now up on campus, in far off parking spots.
Kalei has passed torch to Misty Pacheco at KES and Veronica Tartlington at the Library.
Initial web page has been created <hilo.hawaii.edu/bluezones.php> based off of Ka Lono article.
- Energy Storage project out to bid – job site is outside STB. Bids close in March.
- Energy Manager Position – still unfilled after twice offering the position. Was APT, but not filled, so job description revised,
Energy Reinvestment Account
- 1000$ energy rebate received in end of January; another one is pending for library, the total ($5K+) will be returned to the Energy Savings Reinvestment Account.
- Power lights → Bi-level LED upgrade is pending. Bidder is working on modifying the drivers to avoid needing filters to protect from light pollution….
- On Energy Rebate: Hawaii Energy started working on rebate 10 years ago, before that it was HELCO. Historically, we had over 150K $ in reduced power charges.
- EKH walkway is the sample of the best solution – bi level LED lights.
- Idea: Develop an overview article about the different kinds of lighting solutions.
- Procurement of Bucket Truck is in the works – We bought the truck chassis, bucket manufacturer has it, and it is in the process of being returned. Expected arrival this summer.
- Kevin (Electrictician) has been prioritizing internal lighting replacement, so future time can be dedicated to outside replacement of pole lights. Spending $500,000 capital to do away with a 700,000 spending, and labor will be done in-house. End result, 200k savings, plus we will own the bucket truck.
- Dimmers: installation of dimmable LEDs proceeding in UCB upper floors. Doing maximum usage buildings first will maximize savings. AC costs are also reduced for LEDs.
- All buildings have energy monitors built in to them, as many of four in UCB, STB… Data is generated via EMON – meters are built into the buildings. Can these be connected to LeedOn.io dynamic wall plaque or similar display?
- Curriculum committee got through 29 courses in a semester.
- Certificate development is pending – which courses would be placed within the certificate . A hybrid certificate is being considered.
- Publicity for approved courses is necessary – Students of Sustainability could be an option for tabling / promotion…
- S-designation courses are listed at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/sustainability/courses/courses.php
5th Annual sustainability Summit:
- Intake Application process for the 5th annual Sustainability Summit.
- Curriculum ideas is the focus, including the -S designated courses. March 16-18, 2017
- E-poster necessary to share S-designated classes with potential students, social medial
Students of Sustainability:
- Secured funds from UHHSA to ramp up food collection efforts. Building sort stations for food waste is ongoing. Alexis is installing industrial size sort stations, with recycle, landfill, compost – those will replace the existing trash bins.
- Sort station creation will be pending. Creating a plan to assemble the materials…
Plan → quote → UHHSA funding → puchase materials → Kolin will send out for HawCC carpentry students to assemble this summer.
- UHHSA allocated 1500$ for student led sustainability / campus greening projects….
At the stage now where they need to determine eligibility / award requirements.
- Waste-Station manpower is needed for future events.
- Collaboration between 3 sustainability groups – this committee, the Students of Sustainability group, and UHHSA.
- Schools are signing up, 21st of April, Friday. New Gym reserved.
- Keynote in the morning – Hula groups, Merrie Monarch tie-ins.
Students want a post-earth day celebration concert – 3 or 4pm.
To better understand student behaviors and actions toward recycling and composting, the UH Hilo Sustainability Committee is currently distributing the Spring 2017 Sustainability survey! The intent of the survey is to utilize collected information for improving sustainability practices and opportunities in the UH Hilo.
The data will be distributed each semester to track the student bodyʻs common understanding of on-campus recycling and composting. So, if you have responded to last semesterʻs survey, please respond to this Spring 2017 survey.
Sustainability efforts aim in reaching the universityʻs goals of being a zero-waste institution.
With your honest feedback and helpful responses, we can achieve toward sustainable compus! Mahalo!
Aloha mai kākou, Interested to bringing more Sustainable practices to our Hilo Campus?
Join Students of Sustainability. Next meeting is Today! 2/7/17
5:00pm in the College of Agriculture (CANFRM) Building Room 201.
UH Hilo is committed to being a good steward of the environment. We seek to improve the efficiency and reduce the ecological impact of operations in whatever ways are practical. As this blog develops, we intend to document the accomplishments, efforts and happenings on campus and surrounding our campus community.
If you have suggestions for sustainability activities at UH Hilo, please contact the Sustainability Chair.
Simple…. Because it matters!
Leaving a minimal foot print is ideal when it comes to sustainability practice. It is important to acknowledge this here in Hawaiʻi, as the most secluded landmass on earth.
The world is demanding our attention through pronounced temperature changes and sea level rises around the world. We have seen more environmental disasters in recent years than ever before, bringing us closer to a threshold impact on the earthʻs systems. It is no longer a matter of if, but a matter of when.
It is up to us as the leaders of future generations to change our wasteful habits.
For a solution to be truly sustainable, it must have a positive return to environment and society. This semester, Norman Arancon, associate professor of horticulture, has introduced a course that is structured and provided opportunity to do just that. Prof. Arancon has designed his course, AG 294 (Agricultural Waste Management: Composting and Vermicomposting) as a co-curricular organization, to take lead on a pilot waste management program on our University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. (more…)
Short article on the 2016 Sustainability Summit!
“Food waste and recycling, baseline accounting to measure progress, energy reduction measures, and ways of better engaging the campus community to participate in sustainability efforts were discussed at statewide summit….”
Read the full article at UH Hilo Stories
An international design challenge has been launched to rehabilitate a critical Oʻahu watershed that contains one of the nation’s most polluted bodies of water. During the September IUCN World Conservation Congress, University of Hawaiʻi President David Lassner announced the Make the Ala Wai Awesome Student Design Challenge, with up to $10,000 in total prize money for the winning entries.
“We are seeking ideas from the brightest young minds around the world to help us envision an inspiring, large-scale, systems thinking approach towards comprehensive ecosystem restoration of the Ala Wai watershed,” Lassner said. “This competition should generate creative integrated approaches that address flood mitigation, ecosystem restoration and preservation, community engagement, cultural connections, public private partnerships and improvement of the visitor experience.”