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August 25, 2015
  • Launching Green Initiative Awards

For the University of Hawai‘i, sustainability is more than a buzzword. As Hawaiʻi’s university, advancing communities across our state, UH has committed this year to the goals of carbon neutrality, zero waste, local food self-sufficiency and achieving net-zero energy. From divesting the university’s $66M endowment fund from fossil fuel investments, to cultivating the next generation of sustainability leaders, UH is putting this commitment into action.

Students, faculty and staff are leading the way to integrate sustainability values at the UH System’s ten campuses.  To recognize their contributions to sustainability-related efforts, President Lassner is launching the President’s Green Initiative Awards through the UH System Office of Sustainability.  This program supports student initiative, innovation, creativity, and civic engagement in campus and community sustainability, while also recognizing the efforts of UH students, faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond to promote sustainability efforts at UH and in the community.

“We are committed to meeting the State of Hawaiʻi’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 and we are always looking for ways to empower our customers and communities with affordable, reliable, clean energy,” said Alan Oshima, Hawaiian Electric president and CEO. “In developing this awards program and other sustainability efforts, the University of Hawaiʻi is recognized by our Companies as a leader in innovation and responsible environmental stewardship. We are proud to partner with them in reducing our state’s reliance on imported fossil fuels for electricity and transportation.”

Mahalo to presenting sponsor Hawaiian Electric Company, and to Johnson Controls who are each sponsoring Green Student Leader and Green Project Implementation Awards.  

Phot caption left to right:
  • Matt Lynch, UH System Sustainability Coordinator
  • Alan Oshima, Hawaiian Electric Company President & CEO
  • David Lassner, UH System President
  • Donna Vuchinich, UH Foundation President & CEO
  • Scott Seu, Hawaiian Electric Company,  VP System Operations

If you would like to learn how you can support UH students and programs like this, please contact us at 808-956-8700 or send us a message.