ACUPCC Reporting System

Climate Action Plan for University of Hawai'i at Manoa

Submitted on January 13, 2010; last updated on January 13, 2010

Climate Action Plan Details

Climate Action Plan UH Manoa Climate Action Plan
October 15, 2008

Emissions Targets

Climate Neutrality Target
If you have any qualifying statements with regard to the climate neutrality target date, please include them here, and/or if you have chosen "TBD" and not specified a neutrality date, please enter the reason and explain the process for establishing a target date in the future.

UH Manoa is a consensus-based organization. We are in the process of building consensus around this area and we have convened the Manoa Sustainability Corps as the forum in which to hold these discussions.
We have committed to becoming Energy and Water Self-sufficient by 2050 with intermediate goals as listed below.

Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target Target Date Baseline
30% reduction in Purchased Electricity Emissions by 2012 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
50% reduction in Purchased Electricity Emissions by 2015 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
25% reduction in Total Scope 2 Emissions by 2020 relative to baseline emissions in 2008
Nonstandard Emissions Targets
Please enter below any targets that do not fit into the above format.

25% of Energy from Renewables by 2020
Energy and Water Self-Sufficiency by 2050


Please describe your institution's greenhouse gas mitigation strategies.

UH M?noa has been progressing on the following strategies:
• HVAC retrofits
• Sub-metering electricity
• Renovations to improve building envelopes
• Performance contracting
• 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
• Lighting retrofits
• 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
• Philosophy
• Botany
• Zoology
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• Educational Foundations
• Civil and Environmental Engineering
• Environmental Law
• Ocean, Earth Science and Technology
• Ocean and Resource Engineering
• Astronomy
• Oceanography
• Geology and Geophysics
• Meteorology
• Microbiology
• Natural Resources and Environmental Management
• Bioengineering
• Biology
• Plant and Environmental Protection
• Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences
• Urban & Regional Planning
• Geography
• Economics
• Population studies
• Public Health Sciences
• Outreach College
• Hawaiian Studies

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 Engineering’s 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:
* Hawai‘i 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.
* Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology - oceanographic, atmospheric, geophysical, geological, planetary sciences.
* Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology.
* Hawai‘i 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.
* Botany
* Zoology
* 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.