UH Sustainability Briefing

Many of the technical solutions exist for the sustainability challenges we face, however the social friction of our organizations often get in the way. Learn more about how the social architecture of sustainability can catalyze transformational change.

Matt Lynch from the UH Office of Sustainability will be giving a presentation on the President’s Green Initiative Awards (cash prizes for student-led sustainability projects) and the systemwide sustainabiltiy strategy.


When: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ 7:00pm

Where: Manoa Innovation Center (HICapacity), 2800 Woodlawn Drive, Suite #132, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822.

Street parking is available, as well as a limited amount of green vistor stalls are available. Please do not park in the reserved stalls.


Matthew Lynch

Matthew Lynch is the System Sustainability Coordinator for the ten campuses of the University of Hawaii. He is also founder of of the Honolulu based nonprofit Asia-Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for Kahumana Organic Farm and Slow Food Oahu, and as the Measures Project Co-Chair for the Hawaii Green Growth Aloha+ State Sustainability Dashboard.

His work implements permaculture design principles in a broad range of community projects from Mongolia to Australia and throughout the Pacific, from building rural community resilience through farmer trainings, to sustainable economic development, to catalyzing institutional change through policy work and collaborative leadership.

Matt’s talent for energizing communities and individuals has re-humanized urban and institutional systems in the developing and developed worlds, and works towards restoring & regenerating the ecological systems upon which these social systems depend.

post by Ed Kim, HICapacity

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FREE Workshop!

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Come join us for a free work shop Monday Oct, 26th (12-3pm) in the Leahi Shop room at KCC! The plumbing team from our greenhouse project will be learning more about industrial materials: soldering hard and soft copper, pipe fitting, PVC and HDPE. Contact salseg@hawaii.edu if you have any questions.

Haunted HACK Night!

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Hosted by ESW  and local hackerspace/makerspace HICapacity.

Do you want to make your costume stand out this year?!

Ever wanted to learn to build your own apps?!

Want to meet professionals in the tech industry?!

Do you have an invention in mind?!

Join us for FREE beginner help with 3D printing, soldering, coding, and other electronic project advice! Come check out electronic projects that students and professionals in the community are working on!

Wednesday, Oct. 7th (3:30-6) in the KCC Stem Center.

Spread the word and pass this flyer here!

Hawaii NPR’s Bytemarks Cafe hosted an ESW member!

A big Mahalo to Bytemarks Cafe for having ESW and KCC student Jessica Grazziotin on the Sustainability Episode 362! She starts 10min in talking about the upcoming IKE symposium and how her internship at HiCapacity helped her prepare. There is a little story about the forming of ESW at KCC!

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“Photo (l-r): James Koivunen, Burt Lum, Anne Murata, Kevin Vaccarello, Fred Lau, Jessica Grazziotin, Joshua Kaahua, Ryan Ozawa”

Check out the other topics on the Episode as well: “Anne Murata from the Pacific Aviation Museum will tell us about the 8th Biggest Little Airshow next weekend. Then Jessica Grazziotin is here from the UH College of Engineering to fill us in on the 2nd annual Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering Symposium. Finally, we’ll talk about food sustainability with Kevin Vaccarello from Sustain Hawaii, Fred Lau from Mari’s Gardens, and Marty Matlock from the Univ of Arkansas. From soil-less farming to setting metrics, how will we measure success as we move forward?”

Thank you so much to Burt Lum and Ryan Ozawa for the opportunity! Here is a little bit about Bytemarks Cafe: “[Bytemarks Cafe] runs every Wednesday on Hawaii Public Radio, HPR-2 from 5-6pm HST in the afternoon. Please tune in to KIPO – 89.3 FM and catch the latest happenings in the tech and science world with a distinctively Hawaii-centric perspective. Located out in the middle of the Pacific, we are definitely not a Silicon Valley. Nevertheless, there are a lot of interesting projects going on in web development, clean energy, environment,  Internet applications, open knowledge, entrepreneurial and startup activities. Our goal at Bytemarks Cafe is showcase these projects and build a broader awareness of tech and science in Hawaii. Our aim is to also encourage dialog and interaction, both online and in real space. Thanks for joining us on Bytemarks Cafe.”

Special thanks to HiCapacity for connecting the tech community and providing the platform to meet with Bytemarks!

2015 Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering (or `IKE) Symposium

Come check out the IKE program’s symposium next weekend to see the projects made by engineering students at UH Manoa and the community colleges:
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‘IKE: Indigenous Knowledge in Engineering
Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘IKE Scholars Symposium
Saturday August 15, 2015
University of Hawaii at Manoa, Holmes Hall
8:30am – 1:00pm
“‘IKE is a six-campus University of Hawaii collaboration aimed to increase access to a quality pre-engineering education by focusing on a framework supportive of Native Hawaiian students in engineering fields.

The 4th annual ‘IKE Scholars Symposium will showcase the work of over 90 pre-engineering & engineering students from Honolulu CC, Kapiolani CC, Leeward CC, Windward CC, UH Maui College, and UH Manoa. We invite educators, partners, family, and community members to join us!”

PROJECT: ESW Rain Barrel Diversion System phase I

Our second project is underway! We’re working on a rain barrel designed to divert water collected from the roof gutter system to a garden. The barrel will provide a year-long supply of water to the garden that otherwise would only experience a seasonal rainfall.

The Design:

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The Location: The `Iliahi building at Kapiolani Community College

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The Product:

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Breaking Ground:

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