Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.67
Liaison Navin Tagore-Erwin
Submission Date March 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Hawaii Community College-Hilo
AC-8: Campus as a Living Laboratory

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.60 / 4.00 Drew Kapp
Instructor, Academic Sustainability Committee Co-Chair, Earth Day Fair Coordinator
Social Sciences
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Campus Engagement:

I Ola Hāloa - Center for Hawaiʻi Lifestyles: I Ola Hāloa Center for Hawaiʻi Life Styles aims to provide Hawaiʻi Community College, its students, families, and communities with Hawaiian cultural learning and teaching programs from which they can successfully foundation their intellectual, spiritual, and economic base. They regularly host work shops and events at the campus hale, māla, and other locations which utilize campus infrastructure as a living laboratory for applied student learning.
Responsible Party: Noʻel Tagab Cruz

Hui Mālama Sustainability Club: Since 2019 the Hui Mālama ʻĀina Sustainability RISO has engaged students with projects related to sustainability and environmental well-being on-campus and in the communities served by the Hawaiʻi CC campuses. Students have participated in a marine debris clean-up and a sustainable farm visit, and will participate in stewardship activities at loko iʻa (fishponds), in loʻi kalo (taro patches), and with dryland forest restoration at Pālamanui Campus.
Responsible Party: Drew Kapp and Debbie Weeks


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Public Engagement?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Public Engagement:

Lā Honua - Earth Day: The annual Earth Day Fair by Hawaiʻi Community College and University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo provides a non-commercial forum to focus on environmental education from federal, state, and local county agencies, nonprofit groups, and private organizations. Students are provided with opportunities to interact with and learn from community organizations working in sustainability related fields.
Responsible Party: Drew Kapp


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Air & Climate?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Air & Climate:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Buildings?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Buildings:

Model Home Project: Each year, construction students design, build, wire, landscape, and bless a home for a Native Hawaiian family. This program is in partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, and provides students with experiential learning. Native plants are used in landscaping. LEED Buildings at both Manono and Pālamanui campuses serve as living examples of best practices for energy efficient design, green infrastructure and LID practices. Responsible Party: Donna De Silva


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Energy?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Energy:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Food & Dining?:
Yes

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Food & Dining:

Culinary Arts: Culinary Arts students are responsible for making the food sold in the Hawaiʻi-CC cafeteria. When available, they source some produce from the Hawaiʻi-CC Agriculture farm. One Culinary Arts learning outcome is for students to integrate their knowledge of Hawaiʻiʻs culture and food into cuisine. Responsible Party: Shawn Sumiki


Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Grounds?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Grounds:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Purchasing?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Purchasing:
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IIs the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Transportation?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Transportation:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Waste?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Waste:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Water?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Water:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Coordination & Planning:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Diversity & Affordability:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Investment & Finance:
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Is the institution utilizing its infrastructure and operations as a living laboratory for applied student learning for sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work?:
No

A brief description of the projects and how they contribute to understanding or advancing sustainability in relation to Wellbeing & Work:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s living laboratory program is available:
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