The winners of the 2017 University of Hawaiʻi President’s Green Initiative Awards were honored in a ceremony on March 16 at UH West O’ahu as part of the fifth annual Hawaiʻi Sustainability in Higher Education Summit.

The top awards, presented by Hawaiian Electric Companies and Johnson Controls, recognize student initiative, innovation, creativity and civic engagement in campus and community sustainability with cash prizes totaling $30,000. Staff and faculty awards for outstanding teaching in sustainability, excellence in sustainable facilities management and collaboration for sustainability were also presented.

“Each year we look forward to seeing the innovative ideas students come up with to help solve sustainability challenges on our campuses and in our communities, and to honoring the great work of our hardworking faculty and staff who are advancing sustainability across UH campuses,” said UH President David Lassner. “Once again we are very grateful to the Hawaiian Electric Companies and Johnson Controls for helping us recognize this outstanding work, which is helping to build a brighter better futures for all of Hawaiʻi.”

“Last year we were introduced to a new word in the Hawaiian lexicon: mauō, meaning the perpetuation of well-being,” said UH Sustainability Director Matthew K. Lynch. “The Presidentʻs Green Initiative Awards seeks to unleash student creativity and innovation that is specifically designed cultivate the perpetuation of well-being.”

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Honolulu Community College student, Rona Lapada, was one of four UH System students awarded a  Johnson Controls Green Student Leader Award, which is awarded to students who take on leadership roles in sustainability related activities. Lapada (pictured above, second from left), won a $1,000 award for dedication and commitment to bringing a Farmerʻs Market to the HonCC campus.

Source: University of Hawaiʻi News