UH Maui College received notable awards for academic and student work in sustainability last week at the 3rd annual statewide Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit held at the UH Manōa campus.
Nominated by UH Maui Chancellor Lui Hokoana for leadership in building Hawaiʻi’s green economy, Executive Director Alex de Roode accepted the UHMC Campus Sustainability award for the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui on behalf of a team including Melanie Stephens and Austin Van Heusen.
“The knowledge that we are within a system that supports and recognizes sustainability efforts and achievements inspires and motivates us to broaden our scope and increase our impact within our local community and beyond,” de Roode said.
UHMC student Pierre Parranto received a system-wide award for leadership in student and community engagement from UH President David Lassner. Working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Science Management, Parranto helms the Student Ohana for Sustainability at UHMC, and raises awareness about sustainability on campus as President of the Student Activities Council.
“Our student projects focus on community service including beach clean-ups, rain gardens, water-bottle refill stations, and awareness campaigns. Bringing this award home to Maui encourages us to continue our efforts like organizing an upcoming campus Earth Day event,” Parranto said.
Recognized for leading the first degree program in sustainability in the UH System, UHMC Program Coordinator Tim Botkin accepted the faculty award for leadership in advancing sustainability from President Lassner.
“To me the award recognizes that the Sustainable Science Management program is more than just ‘curriculum’—it’s a connector for developing knowledgeable leadership for Maui, Hawaiʻi and beyond,” Botkin said.
The Summit was also a historic moment for the University of Hawaiʻi system as President Lassner electronically signed a new executive policy on sustainability. The policy sets specific […]