|Submission Date||March 3, 2022|
University of Hawaii Maui College
EN-3: Student Life
|1.25 / 2.00||
Sustainable Science Management
Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:
The Student Ohana for Sustainability (SOS) Club conducts two beach clean ups per semester and puts on the annual Earth Day festival. Their mission statement says that "As a diverse group of independent thinkers, SOS is committed to promoting sustainability practices through community based educational projects and events. The SOS will make our efforts a model for the campus and the nation." The SOS club does not have a seperate website but they are mentioned in the SSM programs page of Maui College. (http://maui.hawaii.edu/programs/ssm/program/). If students would like to be apart of the SOS club, they can contact the SSM program supervisor.
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?:
A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:
UH Maui College features the Kauluwehi ethnobotanical garden that is open for student workshops and can be accessed by the public as well from Monday through Saturday. The garden features sections showcasing native Hawaiian plants along with plants that have been introduced but used ornamentally. There are areas dedicated to Hawaiian medicinal plants, those used for plants and dyes, plants that were introduced by early Polynesians, a taro bed, and a few rare, endangered species. Maui College also has an area, separate from Kauluwehi dedicated to agriculture students and workshops. UH Maui College’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Program offers three degree tracks in Sustainable Tropical Crop Management, Horticulture and Landscape Maintenance, and Cultural and Natural Resource Management. There is also Waipono Farms at Maui College. This farm is an aquaponic and hydroponic farm. Students can take part in internships and certificates through these farms as well.
Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
A brief description of the student-run enterprises:
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?:
A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:
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?:
A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:
Every year, the Student ʻOhana for Sustainability club hosts an Earth Day celebration. The event usually takes place in the middle of the day so students can participate and are aware of the event while they are transitioning between classes or while they are on campus for the day. Maui College also holds panel discussions on campus (e.g. waste management discussion with county members and other stakeholders) and is open to the public for anyone to join. There is also a national sustainability conference that is held at Maui College. Hulihia is also part of a community wide initative that was developed with Maui College and Kamehameha Schools through SSM.
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?:
A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:
Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:
Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:
Maui College offers a number of programs where students can learn sustainable life skills such as gardening and growing your own food in the Kauluwehi garden, growing your own food hydropponically and aquaponically at Waipono Farms on campus. Students can also take on internships through Hulihia or any of the farms listed above to learn about sustainable systems and how to apply them to real life issues.
Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:
Students are able to be employed through the agriculture department, Kauluwehi garden, Waipono farms and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), a partnership between maui college that influences sustainable initiatives and actions.
Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):
A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
The information gathered was reviewed or confirmed through SSM Faculty Meagan Jones or through research on the Maui College website.
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