Sustainability at HPU

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Mission

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.

Principles

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