Please describe your institution's greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.
UH M?noa has been progressing on the following strategies:
Renovations to improve building envelopes
Use of more efficient laboratory equipment and chemical fume hood ventilation
Plans to build a new and efficient IT building to consolidate servers
Evaluating the termination of mechanical HVAC systems on select older buildings and reverting to the natural ventilation designs for which they were originally intended.
Consolidation of building use and scheduled building shut-downs on weekends and holidays
Optimizing procurement practices to purchase more local products and recycled content
Analyzing means of increasing waste recycling
Mulching of green waste from landscaping
Elimination of chemical fertilizer and herbicide use in landscaping practices
Evaluating scenarios for composting food waste
Installation of photovoltaic panels and wind turbines
Use of hybrid and electric vehicles
Promotion of public transportation use and car pooling. Example includes mandatory purchase of student bus passes (U-Pass), effective Fall 2009.
Improvements to pedestrian and cyclist access on campus
Discouragement of vehicle use by limiting parking space and providing parking at premium costs
Improvements to campus planning protocols; Building Design and Performance Standards are currently being developed
Installation of vegetated roof for heat mitigation, rainfall capture and carbon sequestration
Tree preservation and landscaping improvements for carbon sequestration and reduction of heat island effect
Incorporating more social and psychological strategies to change behaviors to encourage better choices examples include stickers being placed on light switches to encourage energy conservation.
Encouraging broader participation of faculty, staff and students in the Manoa Sustainability Corps and collaboration with local agencies
Please describe your institution's plans to make sustainability a part of the
curriculum for all students.
UH Manoa already has an Environmental Studies major and will continue to add the newest technology and strategies to the curriculum. Currently 28 Schools, Colleges and Departments offer courses related to the environment and sustainability, including:
School of Architecture
Travel Industry Management
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ocean, Earth Science and Technology
Ocean and Resource Engineering
Geology and Geophysics
Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Plant and Environmental Protection
Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences
Urban & Regional Planning
Public Health Sciences
Please describe your institution's plans to expand research efforts toward the
achievement of climate neutrality.
Vice Chancellor of Research & Graduate Education announced a $1 Million competition on campus to promote research related to sustainability. The winning project came from the School of Engineerings Renewable Energy & Island Sustainability (REIS) project.
* REIS brings together a multidisciplinary team of faculty from the Colleges of Engineering, Social Science, Natural Science, School of Ocean, Earth Science & Technology to work on cutting edge research and education problems in renewable energy and island sustainability.
The following UHM centers have led sustainability research efforts for Hawaii:
* Hawaii Natural Energy Institute - photovoltaics, hydrogen fuel, biocarbons, biomass, electrochemical power sources, methane hydrates.
* School of Architecture sustainable design, energy conservation.
* Travel Industry Management environmental issues of tourism.
* School of Law environmental law.
* UH Sea Grant College Program:
* Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism;
* Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy
* Center for Marine Science Education
* Center for Smart Building and Community Design
* Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education.
* Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology - oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, planetary sciences.
* Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology.
* Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory.
* International Pacific Research Center - climate variation, regional aspects of global environmental change.
* Joint Institute for Marine & Atmospheric Research - oceanic, atmospheric, geophysical research, climate change, equatorial oceanography, tsunamis, fisheries oceanography.
* Civil & Environmental Engineering
* College of Tropical Agriculture & Human Resources - irrigation practices, soil and water conservation, ecosystems, forests.
* Urban & Regional Planning - greenhouse gas reduction strategies, sustainability planning, climate forecasts, hazards mitigation, climate variability, flooding, civic space, mega-urban region dynamics, international migration, globalization of house holding and water use.
* Geography globalization, border security; climate disturbance, land carbon, ecohydrology, environmental change, lidar remote sensing.
Please describe your institution's plans to expand community outreach efforts toward the
achievement of climate neutrality.
UHM outreach efforts will continue and expand in the following areas:
* Outreach College - numerous courses and seminars related to sustainability.
* Sea Grant Center for Smart Building and Community Design and the School of Architecture - help communities to improve energy efficiency of buildings as well as educate the public of energy conservation behaviors.
* Sea Grant Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy - focus on broad impacts of climate change to our environment, food supply, health, economy, and society in order to make informed policy decisions.
* Sea Grant Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism and the Department of Travel Industry Management - focus on mitigating green house gas emissions attributed to the tourism industry in Hawaii and the Pacific region.
* Sea Grant Marine Science Education extension staff - provide public education of the marine environment and the effects of climate change on the environment.
* Sea Grant Sustainable Aquaculture extension staff - provide assistance to encourage growing of local aquatic foods.
College of Engineering - seminars on renewable energy open to public,
* Hawaii Natural Energy Institute work with communities on energy conservation and provide seminars.
* College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources will continue to provide over 65 extension agents to assist local agriculture and resource management issues.
* UHM faculty serve on the Hawaii Energy Policy Forum.