Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 35.03
Liaison Laurel Pikcunas
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Hawaii Honolulu Community College
PA-1: Sustainability Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Michelle Nathan
Assistant Professor
Math and Natural Science
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Does the institution have at least one sustainability committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee(s) or a brief description of each committee's purview and activities:
The Sustainability Committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students from across the campus. It is led by a Sustainability Chair, and every year breaks up into several sub-committees that work on projects for the year such as promoting sustainable practices, community service activities, organizing the annual Sustainability showcase, etc.

Link to charter: https://www.hcc.hawaii.edu/downloads/committees/sustainability/charter.pdf

Members of each committee, including affiliations and role:
Sustainability Committee (2022-23 Academic year).
Please note these are faculty from numerous different programs including CTE (trade programs).

Fall 2022-Spring 2023 Sustainability Sub Committees

Sustainability Showcase subcommittee
This subcommittee plans a showcase in March to highlight Sustainability and sustainability projects and programs from HonCC community.
Jill Teraizumi (Co-Chair)
Conrad Maddox
Gretel Sia (Co-Chair)
Jeff Schultz
Bobby Salvatierra
Prateek Kunwar
Aliya Smigel

Sustainability Colloquia Subcommittee
This subcommittee Plan talks by reaching out to potential speakers and organizing talks with the campus community.
Brenda Coston
April Ching
Hauʻoli - (Co-Chair)
Gretel Sia - (Co-Chair)
Elliot Ossanna

Sustainability Community Engagement, Cultural and Service Events Subcommittee
This subcommittee plans service events (e.g., Loi Kalo Park) and coordinates with Hawaiian Center activities.

Tiani Akeo-Basques
Emily Kukulies
Gretel Sia
Robert Silva, Jr. - (Chair)
Erica Balbag-Gerard

Sustainable Operations and Practices Subcommittee
This subcommittee shares information; research and promotes better campus practices etc.
Jill Teraizumi
Kaʻiulani Murphy (Co-Chair)
Tiani Akeo-Basques
Mieko Matsumoto - (Co-Chair)
Aliya Smigel

Sustainability Curriculum Subcommittee
This subcommittee promotes S designation (get more faculty to certify); ASC promotion and support; building up resources for faculty and students.
John DeLay - (Chair)
Robert Silva
Erica Balbag-Gerard
Mieko Matsumoto
Michelle Nathan
Hsin-I Tong
Aliya Smigel

Sustainability Communications Subcommittee
This subcommittee works on the handbook, website, other communication venues, etc.
Mahina Hong (Chair)
Hsin-I Tong
Aliya Smigel

STARS Report Subcommittee
This subcommittee helps to gather information for this system reporting tool.
John DeLay
Michelle Nathan (Chair)
Hsin-I Tong
Aliya Smigel

Sustainability Assessment Subcommittee
This subcommittee maps Sustainability Courses and distributes Survey results
John (Chair)
Erica Balbag-Gerard

Recycling Subcommittee
Organize sorting and recycling events from the campus recycling bins
Michelle Nathan (Chair)
Louis Maghanoy, III
Aliya Smigel
Mitchell Okamura

The committee typically consists of 20 – 30 members each year who are not given any payment or release time but serve as part of their professional committee duties. Membership includes David Tanaka (Facilities Manager) representing the administration, and Alyssa Gunderson, a representative from Johnson Controls Inc., the contracted company that handles HonCC energy needs. Staff participation is encouraged but due to limits on discretionary committee service time for non-academic staff, there are no staff members this year. In past years, we have had 2-3 non-academic staff members and one administrative liaison. Student representation is encouraged but currently, there are no student members this year due to limited student involvement in student government and campus governance bodies (due to Covid). The Sustainability Committee meets on the second Friday of each month from 1-2 pm. Every committee member is expected to serve on one or more sub-committees which then select chairs and meet separately throughout the year. These sub-committees report back to and get input from the main Sustainability Committee. There is a change in membership each year though many members choose to serve multiple years.

Does the institution have at least one sustainability office that includes more than 1 full-time equivalent employee?:

A brief description of each sustainability office:
Sustainability activities on campus are planned and implemented by campus Sustainability Coordinators and the Sustainability Committee. There is no designated Sustainability office. However, there are three Sustainability Coordinators which are also Professors on campus, and one Sustainability Americorps VISTA.

The campus has three faculty serving as Sustainability Coordinators for the campus. Until recently, these roles received 3 credits release time each but due to budget cutbacks across the system, release time was ended so now there is no release time.
Michelle Nathan, Professor of Natural Science
Hsin-I Tong, Professor of Natural Science
Robert Silva, Professor of Automotive Technology

The Sustainability Coordinators have several duties to foster sustainability on campus in the areas of curriculum, operations and practices, educational outreach and awareness, and community connections.

Full-time equivalent of people employed in the sustainability office(s):

Does the institution have at least one sustainability officer?:

Name and title of each sustainability officer:
Michelle Nathan, Sustainability Coordinator Hsin-I Tong, Sustainability Coordinator Robert Silva, Sustainability Coordinator Aliya Smigel Sustainability VISTA

Does the institution have a mechanism for broad sustainability coordination for the entire institution?:

A brief description of the activities and substantive accomplishments of the institution-wide coordinating body or officer during the previous three years:
See the above answer for details about the activities of the Sustainability committees. In addition, the HonCC Sustainability Designation Committee elects on or more members to represent the campus on the Systemwide Sustainability Curriculum Coordination Council.

Job title of the sustainability officer position:
Sustainability Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position:
Job description for the sustainability officer position:

Job title of the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Sustainability VISTA

Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):
Job description for the sustainability officer position (2nd position):

Job title of the sustainability officer position (3rd position):
Hulili Ke Kukui Hawaiian Center Coordinator

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Job description for the sustainability officer position (3rd position):

Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability coordination is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The UH (System) Office of Sustainability is responsible for broad sustainability coordination for the entire 10-campus university system.

The UH (System) Office of Sustainability functions as a backbone organization, working across UH campuses to complement, support, and enhance the existing sustainability work underway, and to provide coordination capacity for campuses to share information and resources with each other to accelerate action to strengthen the environmental, social, cultural and economic health of our islands’ communities.

The Sustainability Curriculum Coordination Council (SSCCC) was established by EP 4.202 to provide coordination, support, and advice to the campuses regarding scholarly, scientific, and community-engaged research projects in sustainability; integrating sustainability into existing courses across the curriculum; developing new sustainability courses, programs, certificates and degrees; and supporting and assisting current sustainability degree programs to evolve, excel and flourish. The SSCCC reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, however, lacks any full-time staff or credit release time to support its function.

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