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by Marquise Brack, staff writer


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 curriculums.

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.”



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