Sustainability event participants

Aloha and welcome to Honolulu Community College's sustainability page! Here you will find information on HonCC campus initiatives and activities related to sustainability, along with links to other sites useful and interesting to those committed to sustainability.

Our goal is to make this an informative resource for the entire HonCC community as we focus on our campus commitment to sustainability in educational offerings and operations.

If you have any questions, information to share, or suggestions for how the campus can improve, please get in touch with either of the HonCC Sustainability Coordinators, John DeLay ( or Cynthia Smith (

Together, we can make a difference.

Honolulu Community College Sustainability

New Academic Subject Certificate in Sustainability

Effective Fall 2020, Honolulu Community College students can apply to receive an ASC in Sustainability. More information about certificate requirements and process to apply will be posted on this page later this semester.

New Recycling Bins on Campus

You may have noticed the new teal bins on campus - and that these include recycling receptables. Be sure to put your recyclables (emptied aluminum cans and plastic bottles) in the proper bin to help Honolulu Community College be more sustainable!

"Welcome To The Planet: Green Leaves in a Green World'"

Presented by Professors Derek Otsuji Ken Quilantang Eric Paul Shaffer

A poetry reading to celebrate our place in the islands, the life of the world as we know it, and the future we all want our children to see on the mokupuni of O'ahu, in the moku of Kona, the ahupua'a of Kapalama, and the 'ili of Niuhelewai.

  • When: Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 1:00 PM
  • Where: Honolulu Community College,
    Building 2, Room 201 (Loui Conference Room)

"Use Your Summer to Make a Difference"

Presentation by Kupu about the Hawai'i Youth Conservation Corps

Kupu is looking for individuals to take part in the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps during the Summer of 2020. The ideal applicant is someone who is dedicated to improving and preserving Hawai'i's natural resources and cultural landscape, through hands-on service within the field. Successful applicants will be paid, and connected with other like-minded young adults making a difference to their community and the environment.

  • When: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 10:00 AM
  • Where: Honolulu Community College,
    Building 2, Room 201 (Loui Conference Room)

"The Potential of Oiwi Agriculture: From Past to Future"

Presented by Dr. Natalie Kurashima, Integrated Resources Manager, Kamehameha Schools

Discover research focused on the potential of indigenous Hawaiian agriculture regarding the past, present, and future. Learn about how Hawaiians traditionally cultivated abundance. Explore the potential of indigenous agriculture to address Hawai?i's self-sufficiency goals under land use and climate changes.

  • When: Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 10:00 AM
  • Where: Honolulu Community College,
    Building 2, Room 201 (Loui Conference Room)