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UH Hilo Sustainability Blog

2017 Hawai╩╗i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit

Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:45pm by

Last month, UH Hilo students and faculty members attended this year╩╗s Hawai╩╗i 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 President╩╗s Green Initiatives Award, UH Hilo students rejoiced:

  • Alexis Stubbs won the ┬áthe $10,000 Green Project Implementation Award for her ┬á“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 Hawai╩╗i News for the application on next year╩╗s President╩╗s Green Initiatives Award.

We would love for more sustainability Vulcan victories!

Spring 2017 Sustainability Survey

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 12:28pm by

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.

Click on this image to take the survey!

The data will be distributed each semester to track the student body╩╗s common understanding of on-campus recycling and composting. So, if you have responded to last semester╩╗s survey, please respond to this Spring 2017 survey.


Sustainability efforts aim in reaching the university╩╗s goals of being a zero-waste institution.

With your honest feedback and helpful responses, we can achieve toward sustainable compus! Mahalo!

Why Manage Out Waste?

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 7:31pm by

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. 

UH Students Take on Waste on Campus

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6:47pm by

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 HawaiÔÇśi at Hilo campus. (more…)