UH Hilo announces 29 courses now designated as focused on sustainability topics

The listing is a first step on the way to developing a Certificate in Sustainability.

Students working on aquaponics project. Prof Bill Sakai in background talking to student.
Students work with Prof. Bill Sakai (center) on one of several aquaponics systems at the UH Hilo Farm Lab at Panaʻewa. A course on Sustainable Agriculture (AG 230) taught by Assoc. Prof. Norman Aracon is now designated as a Sustainability-Focus course at UH Hilo.

The University of Hawai‘i at Hilo has designated 29 courses as sustainability focused (S-Focus), where most of the course is all about sustainability, or sustainability-topic related (S-Related), where a portion of the course will immerse students in sustainability topics. S-ready courses are just entering the designation process.

The UH System is working on different models for a Sustainability Certificate and the S-Focused courses will count towards that. UH Hilo will be working on a model for a Sustainability Certificate that complements the campus curricula.


Brooke Hansen, member of the UH Hilo Sustainability Committee and faculty advisor for the Students of Sustainability student organization.

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