HPU embraced sustainability during this year’s International
Week with on-the-mall student exhibits on sustainability, followed
by a sustainability workshop at the rRed Elephant Café with
a national expert, and concluded with a student exploration
of sustainability in a Hawai‘i Loa symposium.
Sustainability is an attitude toward the environment we all
share that is growing nationally through mass media coverage
of Earth Week events across the U.S. Sustainability promotes
mindful modern living that helps to conserve and maintain our
natural environment through a series of simple alternative
lifestyle changes. In 1987 it was defined, by the Brundtland
Commission, as meeting the needs of the present without compromising
the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
The sustainability workshop was led by Dr. Geoffrey Chase, Ph.D., of San Diego
State University, co-editor of the book, Sustainability on Campus: Stories and
Strategies for Change. Chase advised HPU students, faculty and staff to build
relationships with members and businesses of the community to work towards a
sustainable campus. “Start thinking about what you’re doing on these
campuses while you’re there. Sometimes we’re so busy, we don’t
see the environment around us,” Chase suggested in his lecture.
Chase informed listeners at the sustainability workshop that “the sustainability
crisis cannot be solved by the same kind of education that helped create the
problem,” and that sustainability should be integrated into educational
HPU students who attended the workshop offered several simple suggestions for
working towards a sustainable campus, including using both sides of the paper
when printing in-class handouts and syllabi, and making recycling receptacles
available on campus and within the classrooms. HPU is working towards transforming
its Hawai‘i Loa and downtown locations into sustainable campuses.
Education isn’t about what the world is,” said Dr. Geoffrey Chase, “it
is what we want the world to become.”