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
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.