With Focus the Nation’s Forums-to-Action (F2A) program, University of Hawai’i Manoa will host a forum titled: A Renaissance of Clean Energy. It will take place February 15th from 10am-4pm in the Campus Center Ballroom. This event will take a look at the lens of rising development and persisting dependence on non-renewable energy sources currently faced by the community. Our response to these issues is generating energy innovation and roadblocking solutions on the island of Oahu. The forum will explore the the detriments of the future of The University of Hawaii at Manoa if there is no change in behavior towards energy consumption and if energy efficiency goes unaddressed. The gravity of this situation calls for discussion, debate, and re-examination of the current state of affairs for Hawaii's clean energy challenge. For this reason, this forum will empower students and community members to share research and discuss the implications that will promote a student led initiative that produces a state with energy independence by the year 2030. This clean energy renaissance values the purposeful behavior of making trade-offs for the next alternative energy. With aspirations to create an action plan afterwards, this movement will mark a change in campus priorities and produce results!
Event Follow Up
Hawaii is confronted with a unique roadblock: the majority of the state's electricity is generated by fossil fuels, where it seems solar or tidal power would be a natural fit. Luckily for Hawaii, they have reached grid parity for many renewable sourced energies (solar PV!) and are slowly shifting away from the beaten path. The University of Hawai'i-Manoa F2A team presented the student audience with its own challenge, "how do we ease the energy consumption cost on our campus?"
Focus Coordinators, Greg Joseph and Savannah Coules, had a great round of discussions with students at the forum where they learned about campus-specific energy consumption and its cost. Outside the campus community, Dr. Steve Kiser gave insight into what initiatives the military was taking in localizing energy sources on the islands.
The forum clued the community into the fact that while students are interested in clean energy solutions for Manoa, they are not interested in the cost to create a large-scale project. It was decided a green revolving fund would be a great idea to implement on campus and steps are currently being taken to draft a propsal for the fund!
Chief Facilities Officer
In his current role, David Hafner serves as the Chief Facilities
Officer for the M?noa campus. He oversees over 350 facility
professionals who are responsible for all the operations and
maintenance of the campus‘ buildings and grounds including mechanical
systems both on campus and on several off-campus sites comprising over
five million gross square feet. His department is also responsible for
the design, engineering and construction of both major and minor
renovation and repair projects as well as select new construction. The
department has been working for several years to reduce campus energy
consumption and promote sustainability.
Professor of Information and Computer Sciences
Philip M. Johnson is a Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Hawaii and Director of the Collaborative Software Development Laboratory.His current research involves the Kukui Cup, a project that investigates how education, gamification, incentives, and feedback can combine to support energy literacy and conservation. He also leads the Hackystat Project, an open source framework for collection, analysis, visualization, interpretation, annotation, and dissemination of software development process and product data. He is active in the Hawaii technology community, co-founded an internet software services company in 2000, and has served on the Board of Directors of several technology companies.
Professor Kipnis has been a member of the Department since 1979,
having previously taught at Lake Forest College and Purdue University.
He received his doctorate from Brandeis University and his M.A. from
the University of Chicago where he also studied law. He has been a
Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Ethics in the
Professions and a Humanist-Resident at the Department of Pediatrics at
Kapiolani Women's and Children's Hospital in Honolulu, a project
funded by the Hawaii Committee for the Humanities and other local
foundations. He has also been a Humanist in-Residence at the G. N.
Wilcox Memorial Hospital on Kauai. Professor Kipnis was instrumental
in developing a code of ethics for the National Association for the
Education of Young Children, a 60,000-member professional association
of pre-school educators. He currently serves as the Executive Director
of the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social
Philosophy (AMINTAPHIL). He has published works on property rights and
on legal ethics. A recent paper on the surgical treatment of
intersexuality received the GIRES award for research on gender
identity. Professor Kipnis is currently doing work on blackmail and on
ethics in prison health care.
Senior Energy Analyst
Dr. Steve Kiser is the Senior Energy Analyst for Pacific Command at
Camp Smith. Being one of the few people to represent the military at
APEC a couple weeks ago, he was able to discuss the leading
environmental issues and technological advances in Hawaii. Dr. Kiser
is interested in: continued government service, environmental work,
energy demand management, smart grid development, alternative energy
and working with the Department of Homeland Security. Environmental
work, especially work in the energy demand management, smart grid
development, or alternative energy. We are thankful to have a former
Director of Federal Programs from the energy management company
Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability Administrator
Anthony Kuh received the B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and
Computer Science from the University of California , Berkeley in 1979,
M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in
1980, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton
University in 1987. He worked at AT&T Bell Laboratories from 1979 to
1982 and has been with the University of Hawaii since 1986. He is
currently a Professor of Electrical Engineering Department at the
University of Hawaii. He is currently the administrator for the
Renewable Energy and Island Sustainability (REIS) program for
interdependent graduate and undergraduate research.
Director of the Center for Smart Building and Community Design
As an associate professor in the School of Architecture Stephen Meder, is recognized for his unparalleled commitment in connecting university expertise with community needs. The primary focus of his research is linking economic and environmental sustainability with an elevated quality of life in our community. Meder helped design and is currently the director of the Center for Smart Building and Community Design, a partnership between the Sea Grant College Program and the School of Architecture.
State House Representative (D)
Mark Takai is a member of the Democratic Party, represents the 34th
Representative District in the Hawaii State House of Representatives
of the Hawaii State Legislature. The 34th District includes the
Newtown, Waiau, Pearl City and Waimalu areas of the island of Oahu, in
the state of Hawaii. He was first elected in 1994 and has successfully
won election in seven elections (1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004
and 2006). Rep. Takai is a major in the Hawaii Army National Guard and
will be serving with the 29th Brigade Combat Team in Kuwait for six
months beginning in February of 2009. Rep. Takai has previously been
called to active duty for six months (May - November 2005) and had
then served as the Hawaii Army National Guard Deputy State Surgeon.