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by Heather Ramia-Hoins staff writer

 

You sit in class on your first day back from your fun-filled summer break, and the teacher hands you a thick packet of paper.

“ This is your syllabus,” she says.

You gasp at how heavy it is, and you think to yourself, “Gee, she killed a lot of trees.”

As you begin to leaf though the 15-page tome, the teacher explains the origin of the packet.

As part of a global community, HPU has taken one more step to help the environment. It has begun a paper recycling program for the downtown campus and its neighboring businesses. The program is a joint effort of two HPU graduate programs, the GREEN club, and the Hagadone Printing Company, which is one of Honolulu’s leading commercial printers. In the Global Leadership and Sustainable Development (GLSD) program, students study issues such as sustainability, globalization, and leadership development.

The Global Leadership and Organizational Change (GLOC) program encourages students to learn about global-wide change and development, focusing on the change in leadership and technology and various developmental theories.

Dr. Art Whatley, the program chair for the GLSD, commented on the GLSD program.

“ I started this program in 2001 as a conversion from an existing masters program in management. I wanted to make it more global in perspective, to include the impact of globalization on the natural world.”

Matt Messina, an MA/GLSD student and the GLOC (the GREEN club) student president, spoke about his mentor, Dr. Whatley.

“ He’s the reason I’m embracing this ideology. Sustainability as a program has opened my eyes. It has been great, Whatley taught my first class here at HPU and I would definitely recommend him. He came to our club and proposed the program. We were willing to help in any way possible. Professor Whatley has not only been my professor, but a mentor as well.”

The Hagadone Printing Company bought long-time Honolulu publisher, Togg Publishing, in 1995. Elwin Hudelist, Hagadone’s president, is an HPU student in Professor Whatley’s GLSD program.
“ [Hudelist] began implementing recycling improvements from his studies in his business. He had bought a very expensive machine to shred the excess paper, and decided that he should expand that idea to other organizations. He approached me with the idea, took me on a tour of his facility, and invited HPU to start a program in partnership with him,” Whatley said.

Hagadone Printing Company picks up the recycled paper, weighs it, and gives 80% of the value back to HPU. Hagadone is a global organization and has negotiated an agreement with a paper recycler in China, where they ship the paper.

Whatley arranged for HPU’s Faculty Support Center (FSC) on the fourth floor of the MP building, to provide a box, which is relatively small but frequently emptied for the recyclable paper.

The program is unusual in that it accepts junk mail, including envelopes, colored and stapled papers, manila folders, phone books, and magazines. The only things it can’t handle are cardboard and newspapers.

“ Not only is [recycling] beneficial for nature, but the GLOC is receiving money to support their cause,” said Saleh Avizi, student worker in the FSC. “This is where all the teachers have their copies made and mail delivered. Of cou rse there is a lot of paper that can be recycled,” she added.

“ We had a recycling program before,” Avizi continued, “but it was not utilized in a way to benefit the school and the students.”

Not only is there a paper recycling program but an ink cartage program is beginning as well. Students, faculty and staff, all play a part in achieving a sustainable campus, that’s our goal,” said Messina.

“ It is only one small step toward an overall vision to HPU becoming a sustainable campus,” Whatley added.

What can you do to help your teachers and their tendency to give you long packets of homework? Take your used papers and recycle them at the Faculty Support Center.

For more information call the Faculty Support Center at 544-0233.

 

 

 

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