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

STARS v2.2

Hawaii Community College-Hilo
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.25 / 2.00 Drew Kapp
Instructor, Academic Sustainability Committee Co-Chair, Earth Day Fair Coordinator
Social Sciences
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

The Hui Mālama ʻĀina Sustainability Club was established in Fall 2019 and was an official Registered Independent Student Organization (RISO) on campus. According to the groupʻs official bylaws, "the purpose of this organization is to foster the spirit of mālama ‘āina and aloha ‘āina, both on campus and in our greater community, by providing students with opportunities to participate in environmentally focused community service activities, work on sustainability initiatives on campus, and strengthen their personal connection to the natural world."
Responsible Party: Drew Kapp and Debbie Weeks


Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

The Hawaiʻi-CC Agriculture program has a farm with hydroponics, aquaponics, gardens, and composting.
Responsible Party: Lew Nakamura

Geography of Hawaiʻi students participate in service learning activities, at a a wide variety of locations on Hawaiʻi Island. Some of these service learning projects include fish pond restoration and maintaining native plants and gardens.
Responsible Party: Drew Kapp


Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
No

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

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.
Responsible Party: Drew Kapp


Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

PI'IA (Pālamanui Ignites Indigenous Arts): In 2019 the Pālamanui campus hosted a festival celebrating indigenous arts
Responsible Party: Noʻel Tagab Cruz


Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
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Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

Following the volcanic eruption in 2018, the 2018-19 school year's theme was resiliency. 2019-20 school year theme was sustainability.
Responsible Party: Rachel Solemsaas


Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
No

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
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Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
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Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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