Sustainability at Windward Community College

 

Windward Community College is dedicated to innovation and leading the Ko`olaupoko and Ko`olauloa Communities towards a more sustainable path by being an example of sustainable business practices, developing innovative research, training students, and collaborating with community organizations. Here we outline the organizational structures, policies, and diverse initiatives that are part of these efforts towards sustainability. Many of these initiatives are part of larger University of Hawaii system wide efforts.

There are three principal sustainability organizations on campus. First is the Sustainability Committee which is a governing Committee that advises the Chancellor on the implementation of the Sustainability Plan, focusing primarily on sustainable operations, facilities, and business practices. Second is the Sustainability Curriculum Committee, which is a subcommittee of the faculty senate and encourages the educational, research, and training elements of sustainability for students and faculty. Third is the Student Sustainability Hui which is the student organization dedicated to advancing sustainability on campus.

In addition, Windward Community College has been part of an energy contract with Johnson Controls since 2009 which has led to numerous energy conservation developments around campus leading to a 22% decrease in energy consumption across campus. These includes centralizing the A/C systems, automatic lighting across campus, submetering of buildings, putting appliances on timers, and numerous other practices to conserve electricity.

Institutional Organizations and Policies

Sustainability Curriculum Committee
Student Sustainability Hui
Sustainability the University of Hawaii System: #UHSustainability
UH Sustainability Policy 4.202
WCC Sustainability Plan
Johnson Controls Projects (pdf)

SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES

Buildings and Energy

Laakea LEED Certified Silver
Battle of the Buildings

Education

Sustainability Curriculum Committee
S-designated Courses
Service Learning Opportunities
Sustainability Matters, Ka Ohana Feature

Food and Agriculture

Go Farm
Certified Nursing Aide’s Mala `Ai
Sustainable Agriculture Certificate of Completion
Hawaiian Garden
Ethnopharmacology Program

Sustainability Program and Policies

Hawaii State Energy Office: Green Business Program
WCC Application for Green Business Program
Procurement Policy
Blue Zone Worksite (Blue Zone Hawaii)

Water

Pacific Center for Environmental Studies: Marine Option Program
Rain Gardens
Storm Drain Labeling

Contact Us

Christian Palmer
ctpalmer@hawaii.edu
(808) 236-9239