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 S.O.S.
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!