Sustainable Living Institue of Maui

Fundraising Campaign for

Sustainability Education and Training

Message From SLIM: The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at UH Maui College has been working diligently to bring greater sustainability to Hawaii since its inception in 2005.  Through the generous support of our donors, SLIM has achieved many of its long-term goals and helped to change the landscape of sustainability training programs for the Maui Nui community and across the Hawaiian Islands. We applaud our supporters for their forward thinking about sustainability and their dedication to the Maui Nui community.

Green Building and Photovoltaic Class on Lanai

Since early 2010, SLIM has developed and implemented almost 20 new sustainability training programs, many of which have been expanded to other community colleges within the UH system.

Home Energy Survey Professional Class

As a result of these programs, we have trained over 400 students on Maui, Molokai, and Lanai between 2010 and 2012. Almost all of our programs are tied to nationally recognized certifications. Due to the lagging economy on Maui, many of the participants were unemployed, displaced, disabled, experiencing low employment, or veterans. The number of students enrolled in programs has grown over 50% each year.

Current SLIM Projects include:

1. Innovate Hawaii Project has given $40K per year for 4 years for SLIM to conduct energy audits for local companies, including Maui Winery, Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar, Hawaiian Cement, Ali’i Kula Lavendar Farm, Haliimaile, Kihei Ice, Maui Cattle Company, Pukalani Superette and many others.

2. Building Operator Certification (BOC) – funded by Hawaii Energy, and in the past by MEO and SESP: this is a commercial energy management training program now licensed by SLIM.

3. Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI)/Maui Smart Grid Project: officially ended in Sept 2013, but we are still reporting to MEDB. With the supervision of John Bendon of Green Building LLC, this project trained students in home energy management and they conducted energy audits on the homes in the project.

4. Classes in Sustainability:
Current Classes for 2014 include:
Entry Level Photovoltaic Design
Advanced Photovoltaic Design
Battery-based PV Design: Grid-tie and off-grid
Community Garden
Water and Wastewater Treatment: Entry Level Plant Operator Training (beginning in April)
Energy, Water & Waste: Auditing and Troubleshooting
Energy Monitoring and Reporting: Online Dashboards
Sustainable Agriculture

5. SLIM Films: 2 major filming projects have been produced through SLIM:

“Turning the Canoe” the 2010 Maui Film Festival Audience Award Winner (supported by The Hawaii Community Foundation Pikake Grant, Pacific Biodiesel, SOS Metals, HNU Energy, Blue Hawaii Helicopters, SLIM, and UH-Maui College) and “Changing Tides,” an official selection of the 2012 Maui Film Festival and a commitment of the Clinton Global Initiative (supported by +H20 and Surfrider Foundation).

6. SLIM Community Garden: (Seed funding from the Frost Family Foundation, and Ulupono Initiative). The Garden project began 3 years ago and was completed in May 2013 with the help of Community Work Day Program (now Malama Maui Nui) and the County of Maui Department of Water Supply, along with more than 37 community partner and sponsor organizations, and 1,151 volunteers offering over 5,887 hours of service to our project.

The SLIM Community Garden on the UHMC campus is the first community garden at a University of Hawaii campus. Our goals are to increase Maui food security by teaching the community how to grow their own food; provide a “living” classroom for education in sustainable agriculture through events, classes, and workshops; create farm-to-table pathways with our Maui Culinary Academy; and bridge a connection between the campus and community through a healthy garden.

The garden is designed with 25 plots that are available for students, faculty and community members to register to use, as well as 3 large communal areas for herbs, fruits or other larger items that can be harvested by anyone using the garden.

SLIM also hosted a working Rain Garden that allows storm water from the campus to be recharged into our soil instead of running off. S LIM garden managers host tours, free educational workshops, and fee-based classes through UHMC and the Office of Continuing Education (OCET).

SLIM is currently working to develop service learning opportunities for teachers in other campus departments. Interest has been shown by professors in Nursing, Anthropology, Botany and Hawaiian Ethnobotany, English and Geography.

SLIM is working on future events, including movie nights in the garden, and more workshops offered by the Maui Master Gardeners group. Since the garden’s inception SLIM has held over 112 events, and worked directly with eight different departments at UH Maui College.

There is also a new roof-top garden on the brand new Science building on campus that we have been approached to manage. We would like to incorporate students from the Agriculture, Sustainable Science Management and other departments for this location as well.

Here is a current list of the SLIM Garden’s Community Partners/Sponsors:
Community Work Day (now Malama Maui Nui), Maui County – Department of Water Supply, Ulupono Initiative, Frost Family Foundation, Water Institute for Sustainability Education, Aloha Arbor, Mana Foods, Cutting Edge Development Inc., Down to Earth, Whole Foods, Hui Malama Learning Center, Maui Bio Soil, Goodfellow Brothers, Seabury Hall, Kihei Charter School, Hawaiian Cement, Rotary Club, Maui Makers, Threes Bar & Grill, George Kahumoku Jr., Maui Parks & Recreation Department, Flatbread Pizza, Maui Nui Botanical Garden, One if By Land Environmental Design, Maui Language Institute, Maui School Garden Network, Maui Permaculture Network, Sherwin Williams, Maui Garden Club, Grow Some Good, Malafu Contractors, Roth Ecological, Outdoor Circle, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) – UH Manoa, Haiku Elementary, Waihee Elementary, Wailuku Elementary, and Haliimaile Community Garden.

From SLIM:  As we look forward, we would like to continue our mission and vision to provide a strong foundation for leading sustainability initiatives in Hawaii.  We seek private contributions and community partnerships to support our students, projects and training programs.

Please help us make our vision of sustainability a reality. Each tax-deductible contribution directly supports our programs to help people build skills to become the leaders who will plan and implement sustainable technologies. We welcome your participation as we move forward into the future, staying true to our core principles of sustainability.

Online Donation Site: SLIM Donations

For information about giving opportunities, please contact Ray Tsuchiyama, UH Maui College Director of Institutional Advancement Email: Tel: 808 984-3471

For more information visit: Sustainable Living Web Site