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

STARS v2.2

Hawaii Community College-Hilo
PA-2: Sustainability Planning

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 4.00 Matthew K Lynch
Director, Sustainability Initaitives
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in curriculum and/or research?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to academics and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address student, employee, or community engagement for sustainability?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to engagement and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address sustainability in operations?:
Yes

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to operations and the plan(s) in which they are published:

Hawaii Revised Statutes 304A-119, Net Zero Energy by 2035: "The University of Hawaii shall become net zero with respect to energy use by 01 January 2035."
https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/vol05_Ch0261-0319/HRS0304A/HRS_0304A-0119.htm

University of Hawaii Executive Policy 4.202, Carbon neutrality by 2050: The University shall commit to minimize greenhouse emissions and become carbon neutral by 2050.
https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/?action=viewPolicy&policySection=ep&policyChapter=4&policyNumber=202&menuView=closed

The UH Office of Energy Management is currently developing a Strategic Energy Management Plan as part of overarching planning efforts under way to map out plans & pathways to achieving the Net Zero Energy and Carbon Neutrality goals.

Further, UH Executive Policy 4.202 states:

"Reduce fossil fuel sourced energy through increased efficiency and use of renewable energy sources. The University shall meet or exceed the following energy reduction and renewable targets relative to a 2008 baseline:

By 2020 By 2025 By 2030 By 2035
Energy efficiency 10% 20% 30% 40%
Renewables 10% 20% 30% 40%

3. Adopt building and design standards for new University construction and renovation that are grounded in energy and design principles consistent with Hawai‘i’s climate and conditions.

4. Ensure that all new construction and major renovations will achieve a minimum of LEED “Silver” designation and will strive for LEED “Gold.”


Does the institution have a published plan or plans that include measurable sustainability objectives that address diversity, equity, and inclusion; sustainable investment/finance; or wellbeing?:
No

A list or sample of the measurable sustainability objectives related to administration and the plan(s) in which they are published:
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Does the institution have a published strategic plan or equivalent guiding document that includes sustainability at a high level? :
Yes

The institution’s highest guiding document (upload):
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Website URL where the institution’s highest guiding document is publicly available:
Which of the following best describes the inclusion of sustainability in the highest guiding document?:
Minor theme

The institution's sustainability plan (upload):
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Website URL where the institution's sustainability plan is publicly available:
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Does the institution have a formal statement in support of sustainability endorsed by its governing body?:
Yes

The formal statement in support of sustainability:

Board of Regents Policy 4.201 “Mission and Purpose of the University”:

Within its unique geographical location, the university will serve as a leader in how its stewards the resources of the islands and the world for the benefit of all. The university shall be a global leader and model for the integration of sustainability throughout its teaching, research, operations, and public service. The university recognizes than an important knowledge base in sustainable island systems resides in the indigenous people of Hawai‘i and all those for whom Hawai‘i is home. The university commits to consult with local cultural practitioners and sustainability experts on best practices in sustainable resource allocation and use for the well-being of our communities, our state, and the world. Critical resources include energy, food, water, land and sea as they are integrated with the relationships of family, culture, community, justice, work, and economy in the present and future.

https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/index.php?action=viewPolicy&policySection=rp&policyChapter=4&policyNumber=201&menuView=closed


The institution’s definition of sustainability:
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Is the institution an endorser or signatory of the following? :
Yes or No
The Earth Charter Yes
The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) No
ISCN-GULF Sustainable Campus Charter No
Pan-Canadian Protocol for Sustainability No
SDG Accord No
Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment (formerly known as the ACUPCC), Resilience Commitment, and/or integrated Climate Commitment No
The Talloires Declaration (TD) Yes
UN Global Compact No
Other multi-dimensional sustainability commitments (please specify below) No

A brief description of the institution’s formal sustainability commitments, including the specific initiatives selected above:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability planning efforts is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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