Through sustainable development practices, Hawai`i Pacific University is committed to making positive contributions to the environmental, social, and economic health of the State of Hawai’i and the planet. Implementing sustainability into the culture of our University encourages the inclusion of sustainability concepts, principles, and practices in the curriculum, improves upon human and environmental health, enhances social justice in the HPU community, and ultimately contributes to the long-term success of Hawai`i Pacific University.
Sustainable development is all development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Hawai`i Pacific University should pursue the principles of sustainable development in all academic, operational, and administrative aspects of the University. The sustainable development principles used to guide sustainability policies and practices at Hawai`i Pacific University include:
- Use Resources Wisely and Efficiently
- Minimize Waste, Water, and Energy Use
- Minimize Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Use Local Resources
- Protect Land and Ecosystems
- Encourage Positive Sustainable Behavior Change
- Seek Continual Improvement of Human Health, Well-Being, and Safety
- Uphold Fundamental Human Rights, Respect Cultures, Customs, and Values
The sustainability initiative at Hawai`i Pacific University began years ago with the hard work and dedication of several student organizations. Paper and HI-5 recycling programs were put in place and managed by the HPU GREEN Club, Filipino Club, and Natural Science Student Association. Since then, the issue of sustainability has become a priority to many HPU students, staff, faculty, and the community. The recycling programs have expanded throughout campus to include paper, HI-5 bottles and cans, cardboard, food waste, ink cartridges, batteries, electronic waste, and furniture recycling.
In the fall, 2010, Hawai`i Pacific University took two important steps towards creating a culture of campus sustainability by hiring the first ever Sustainability Coordinator, as well as obtaining membership in AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education). The Sustainability Coordinator position has been in place since November, 2010, starting as a part-time student position and becoming a full-time staff position in September, 2011. The AASHE membership allows HPU to promote its sustainability initiatives to a national audience, as well as acquire information and ideas from other universities around the country. These two steps lay the necessary groundwork to create a more sustainable campus, and to become a model for campus sustainability among universities in Hawai`i and around the world.
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For more information, please contact:
HPU Sustainability Coordinator