March wasnʻt only a busy time when it came to studying and tests!
Here are some visual highlights in Sustainability for March:
- 1st Zero-Waste Relay for Life Event (March 10)
- 2017 #HSHE Summit (March 16-18)
- S.O.S. Construction of Waste Diversion Stations (March 28 & 30)
Mahalo to all volunteers, the Students of Sustainability, Campus Center Plaza,
Relay for Life, the UH Office of Sustainability, UH Hilo Sustainability faculty
members, and the active composting student body (including YOU)!
What to be looking forward to this month:
April is Environmental Stewardship Month! There are so many things you can enjoy while making an impact on campus.
Below are the events for this month:
- April 13 (Thursday) – “Creating Connections” event, College of Ag Blg
- April 17 (Monday) – Geography and Environmental Society (GOES) Tabling – 8 am – 12 pm
- April 18 (Tuesday) – Brian Schatz Town Hall Meeting in Hilo – UHH Sciences & Technology Building (Room 108), 1 pm – 2: 30 pm
Description: Objective is to ask, “I am concerned about climate change. How do you feel about a carbon fee and a dividend going back to American households?” The more attendees with this intention from our campus, the likelihood of one of us will voice this question and get our politicians thinking about solutions to climate change. Make sure to RSVP: https://www.schatz.senate.gov/townhall
& Tusli Gabbard Town Hall Meeting in Hilo – Waiakea High School, 7: 30 pm – 9 pm
Description: Same as objective for Town Hall Meeting with Brian Schatz. Make sure to RSVP: https://gabbard.house.gov/townhall
- April 18 (Tuesday) –
- April 18 (Tuesday) – Students of Sustainability General Meetings – 5 – 6 pm, College of Ag Blg 201
- S.O.S. Tabling – time and location TBA
- April 20 (Thursday) – “The Power of Students to Catalyze Transformative Change: A How-To Guide” presented by Matt Lynch – 7 – 8 pm, , UCB 100
- Mid-Late April – Functioning Waste Diversion Stations at Campus Center Cafeteria
- April 21, 2017 (Friday) – Earth Day Fair and Earth Day Concert*** – LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS! Apply with UH Hilo GOES here (general) or S.O.S. (for waste diversion initiative) here.
Note: Geography and Environmental Society will be having outreach at Earth Day Fair with the objective of informing people about the carbon fee and dividend, have people fill out form (check it out), write letters to Congress, and build a social media audience at https://www.facebook.com/CCLHawaiiIsland/.
- April 27, 2017 (Thursday) – Restore Puʻu Kaliʻu & VIP Tour of the Latest Response to Rapid Ohia Death (departs from UHH Bookstore @ 8 am) – 8 am – 2pm
Description: Tuna’s Pu’u Kali’u bursts with native flora and honeycreepers. Students will also receive a rare, inside look at the effects and latest responses to Rapid ‘Ōhi‘a Death (ROD). Students will also assist Pono Pacific Land Management in removal of invasive weeds and outplant native species. The first 14 people to sign up get a free van ride from the UHH Bookstore (@ 8am). We’ll stop at KTA for attendees to buy food. Sign-up: goo.gl/HVg8Z8
Let’s have fun and be susty!
Mary Fem Urena
UH Hilo Sustainability Committee
Last month, UH Hilo students and faculty members attended this yearʻs Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit at UH West Oahu. They experienced the “Meeting of Wisdoms” panel, and connected with other Sustainability action-oriented students from different UH campuses.
In the event of the awards ceremony for the 2017 Presidentʻs Green Initiatives Award, UH Hilo students rejoiced:
- Alexis Stubbs won the the $10,000 Green Project Implementation Award for her “Waste Sustainability Initiative through Vermicomposting and Composting” project.
- Zoe Whitney won the S1,000 Green Student Leader Award and a Green Project Implementation Award for her “Choose to Reuse” project.
Check out the full article posted at UH Hilo Stories!
As Vulcans, let us continue to make the recycle, compost, reuse, and think about sustainability and our environment!
Think you have an awesome project idea involving Sustainability in mind?
Please keep yourself updated through this blog or the University of Hawaiʻi News for the application on next yearʻs Presidentʻs Green Initiatives Award.
We would love for more sustainability Vulcan victories!
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!