Hawai‘i Pacific University receives Green Business Award

July 24, 2015

Green Award

Pono Chong, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; Luis Salaveria, Director, Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Dr. Keith Kawaoka, Deputy Director of Environmental Health, Hawaii Department of Health; Dingilizwe Ncube, HPU Project Coordinator; David Turkes, HPU Sustainability Assistant; John Russell, HPU Director of Facilities; Janet S. Kloenhamer, HPU Executive Vice President for Administration and General Counsel; and Governor David Ige. 

HONOLULU — Hawai‘i Pacific University has been honored with the 2015 Hawai‘i Green Business Award, acknowledging its efforts to increase sustainability measures through initiatives at the Hawaii Loa campus (HLC). The award was presented to the University’s Sustainability program representatives by Gov. David Y. Ige and hosted by the Hawaii State Energy Office of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, Department of Health and The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, on Friday, July 17, at the state Capitol.

The award honors work done through sustainable development practices at HLC in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, recycling and waste reduction, transportation and food services. Highlights of the many campus environmental stewardship projects completed in the 2014-15 year include:

  • Residence Hall Exterior Lighting Efficiency upgrade, which saves an average of 11,592 kWh/Year or $2,782 based on $0.24/kWh;

  • 3D Trasar Solid Cooling Water Program for HVAC water treatment installation, which helps to reduce cooling tower blowdown by 80 percent resulting in saving millions of gallons of water;

  • Two level 2 ChargePro EV charging stations installation;

  • Tray-less dining in the cafeteria, which aids in the reduction of food waste, water and energy usage;

  • Green Office Program pilot project implementation in partnership with Hawaii Energy, and led by HPU’s Energy Ambassadors, student interns.     

HPU is committed to making positive contributions to the environmental, social and economic health of the state of Hawai‘i and the planet.

“Sustainability is an opportunity for HPU to become energy efficient, conserve resources, reduce waste and reduce our overall carbon footprint on the environment," said Dingilizwe Ncube, Facilities project coordinator.

For more information about the Hawai‘i Green Business Awards, see http://1.usa.gov/1Mp5uOs .