Sustainability event participants

Aloha and welcome to Honolulu Community College's sustainability page! Here you will find information on HonCC initiatives, ideas, and inspirations related to sustainability, along with links to other sites that might be useful and interesting to the sustainability community. This page is a new effort and very much a work-in-progress, so we encourage you to browse, click, and comment. Our goal is to make this an enjoyable and informative resource for the entire HonCC community as we strive to increase the campus's commitment to sustainability in our educational offerings and operations.

The Honolulu Community College Sustainability Committee

Honolulu Community College Sustainability

Sustainability News

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Sustainability Events

Sustainability Showcase - Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sustainability Showcase
Event will include:

  • Display and information booths: faculty, students and community groups
  • Hands-on activities
  • Give Aways: reusable shopping bags; notebooks; plant cuttings
  • Contests: Trash to Treasure: repurposing materials contest; Green Office Practices

View Sustainability Showcase PDF Flyer

Repurposing Project

As part of Honolulu CC's Sustainability Showcase activities to celebrate Earth Day, the Sustainability Committee is having a contest for all Honolulu CC community members: students, faculty, staff and administrators.

The purpose of the contest is to show creativity in meeting a core goal of environmental responsibility - reducing needless waste.

You are asked to find an item or items usually thrown away and come up with a useful purpose for it - a re-purposing of material(s) that usually ends up in the garbage can.


  • The material(s) you work with must be something usually thrown away 
  • The re-purposed item created must have some kind of practical functional use or be artistic in nature e.g. used as a display.
  • The project should be well planned and the workmanship should be of good quality.

The deadline for submitting your re-purposed item is noon on Friday, April 1. You can submit your project to any of the planning subcommittee members - listed below.

There will be prizes for the top three selections. A panel of judges from the Sustainability Committee will select the top three projects.

Submissions will be displayed during our Sustainability Showcase celebration on April 12. 

Please let any members of the Sustainability Earth Day sub-committee know if you have any questions.

We look forward to seeing and showcasing the creative work of our campus community!

"Green" Office Challenge

On behalf of the Sustainability Committee, we wanted to let you know of a campus wide activity we are launching in January 2016. We are challenging programs, departments and offices across the campus to change work practices to be more environmentally aware and responsible.

We have a checklist of practices to adopt and points given for making these changes, committing to and carrying out these new work habits.

You can define your 'office' community in any way you wish – a department, division or specific academic program, or a particular office or support unit (e.g. Business Office, Administration).

We will ask your group to submit this checklist report at the end of the first three months of the semester (January, February, and March). The committee will tally these cumulative results and the winner will be announced as part of our sustainability activities in April.

Attached you will find the checklist so you and your colleagues can begin planning to implement these changes in practice, and help to move the campus towards its goal of greater sustainability in practice.

Green Campus Checklist for Honolulu CC