Cash awards to support student-led sustainability work

The student award categories are intended to create additional financial resources to support students’ academically anchored sustainability work, and increase the number of civically engaged students on UH campuses involved in meaningful sustainability-related projects with real-time positive impact.

Recognition of sustainability leadership for faculty and staff

We wish to recognize the hard work of faculty and staff who have gone above and beyond to implement sustainability efforts at UH and in the community to formally recognize and acknowledge for their contributions.

The program will be administered by the UH System Office of Sustainability, which cultivates opportunities for hands-on learning and mentorship in sustainability leadership.

The UH President’s Green Initiative Awards Program recognizes and supports student initiative, innovation, creativity, and civic engagement in campus and community sustainability. This program is designed to build leadership capacity in sustainability, recognizing that since “sustainability means serving the needs of the present without jeopardizing the needs of the future” -UH Executive policy, our most vital state resource is Hawai‘i youth.

In keeping with the role of UH as a leader in innovation and a responsible steward of our ‘āina, this initiative supports those students inspired to solve problems and find answers to such questions as:

  • How can we express the values of Mauō, Mālama Honua, `Imi `Ike and `Aina Aloha in our campus and community?
  • How can we achieve net zero status in terms of energy usage, and to reduce & offset the carbon footprint of my campus?
  • How do we reduce waste, steward our water resources, transform our transportation systems, and catalyze regeneration of our local food systems through our campuses?
  • How can our communities effectively respond to the challenges of climate change to thrive, flourish, and become more resilient?

Updated: Applications Close Jan 31, 2017

Award Catagories

Green Project Implementation Awards

Up to $10,000 for student-led sustainability project with measurable outcomes on UH campus or in the community.

Green Student Leader Awards

Multiple $1,000 cash awards for students who take on leadership roles in sustainability related activites.

Faculty/Staff Awards

Worked with an amazing staff or faculty member who has had a significant impact on you relating to sustainability?
Nominate them for an award here.