Office of Sustainability
UH West O‘ahu is not only a university where students come together for an enriching learning experience, but a place where sustainability practices are integrated in the development and operation of the campus and within the surrounding community.
Designed with walking and bicycling as the primary means of travel, and with all buildings constructed to meet the strict standards of the U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™, the UH West O‘ahu campus is a model of sustainability. The university houses an Office of Sustainability with a full-time director, and is a member of the national Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
The UH West O‘ahu Office of Sustainability is currently working to develop a 10-acre campus organic farm in partnership with the Wai‘anae Coast’s MA‘O Organic Farms, as well as support students in their efforts to create a student campus garden and encourage UH West O‘ahu faculty to integrate sustainability concepts as part of curriculum and research.
The University hosted its first Hawai‘i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit in April 2013, a two-day policy planning and program sharing conference about sustainability initiatives in the 10 campus University of Hawai‘i System and other Hawai‘i colleges. A draft UH Sustainability Policy was developed and is being revised based on participant input from the Summit. The 2nd Annual Hawai‘i Sustainability in Higher Education Summit will take place in March 2014. For more information, visit www.hawaii.edu/sustainability