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Chancellor Straney attends the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference

UH Hilo recently became a member of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, host of this week’s Hawai‘i Conservation Conference in Honolulu. HCA is a statewide joint partnership between conservation-focused government, education, and non-profit organizations.

University of Hawaiʻi President M.R.C. Greenwood spoke at the 20th Annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center on July 31 in Honolulu. Pictured from left is Markus Staib, president of Milici Valenti Ng Pack; Sharon Ziegler-Chong, director of the UH Hilo Pacific Islands Program for Exploring Science; President Greenwood; Michael Chang, deputy program manager of Hawaiʻi Energy; and James Hardway, executive director of the Workforce Development Council, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Photo courtesy of UH System News.

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney attended the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference this week in Honolulu. UH President M.R.C. Greenwood gave a speech at the conference on institutional preparation for a future economy consisting of green jobs and how UH is preparing future generations to compete in a green job market.

The annual conference is hosted by the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance and brings together researchers, resource managers, community members and educators. Over the last several years UH Hilo faculty, staff and students have given noteworthy presentations at the conference. This year’s conference was held July 31 through August 2 at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center.

UH Hilo recently became a member of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance, a statewide joint partnership between conservation-focused government, education, and non-profit organizations. There are 19 members of the collaborative group working together to manage the biodiversity of Hawai‘i’s lands and waters. HCA members also include those who work with land and water for social, cultural, and agricultural purposes.

“UH Hilo’s efforts in conservation research on important issues such as climate change, endangered and invasive species, and ecosystem management have grown significantly over the last 15 years,” says Chancellor Straney. “Those activities provide a rich learning laboratory for our students and create strong ties with the community and our agency partners.”

Jim Beets, professor of marine science, will represent UH Hilo on the HCA Steering Committee.

Members of HCA include the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Park Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Geological Survey, Hawai‘i Department of Agriculture, Hawai‘i Department of Land and Natural Resources, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Bishop Museum, and Kamehameha Schools, among others.

“HCA provides unified leadership and advocacy on conservation issues critical to Hawai‘i,” says Straney. “UH Hilo focuses on connecting its research and efforts to our island community through its students, faculty and partnerships. We look forward to collaborating with these groups and organizations to address the urgent conservation issues facing our state.”

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