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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 Club 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, sub-metering of buildings, putting appliances on timers, and numerous other practices to conserve electricity.

Institutional Organizations and Policies

Sustainability Curriculum Committee
Student Sustainability Club
Sustainability the University of Hawaii System: #UHSustainability
UH Sustainability Policy 4.202


Buildings and Energy

Laakea LEED Certified Silver


Sustainability Curriculum Committee 
S-designated Courses
‘Ike Kaiāulu: Community Engagement Program (Previously Service Learning)
Sustainability Matters, Ka Ohana Feature

Food and Agriculture

Certified Nursing Aide’s Mala `Ai
Sustainable Agriculture Certificate of Completion
Hawaiian Garden

Sustainability Program and Policies

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


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

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Jenny Webster