Wednesday, December 10, 2014

KCC offering new Sustainability Science courses in the Spring

If you are interested in sustainable construction, water and waste management, and/ or sustainable agriculture, there are new courses for you being offered this Spring at KCC!

Registration is open now!  Call or email Laura with questions.  245-8386 or

Below are the course descriptions:

SSM 110:
This course explores water, wastewater, and waste management challenges and solutions, with an emphasis regarding issues specific to Hawaiʻi.  It also examines the sustainable operational management of water, wastewater, and waste systems.

SSM 201:
This course introduces principles of green building design and operations, including site planning and zoning, construction practices, energy efficiency, economics of green building, benefits and barriers, and the LEED rating system.

AG 103:
This course explores sustainable agriculture systems in Kaua‘i, Hawaiʻi, and the world.  It compares various sustainable models and examines various sectors of production agriculture and related agribusinesses in Hawaiʻi. Field trips to farms, processors, and wholesalers will complement the course.

AG 103B:
This course covers business and regulation aspects, available resources, and collaborative opportunities for farmers. Students will learn through guest speakers, lectures, readings, and business planning.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Japanese Delegation of Farmers Visits KCC

A group of Japanese farmers recently came to visit and tour KCC.  They spoke with a team of people from KCC and toured the new Agriculture and Sustainability Lab and the Aquaponics facility at KCC.  It was great connecting with them, and showing them the facilities available for hands on student learning surrounding sustainable agriculture.  Thank you to Grove Farm for facilitating this opportunity.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sustainability Club Waipā Trip

The Sustainability Club took a recent camping trip to Waipā Foundation.  We are truly lucky to have this organization on island, and to be living in such a beautiful place.  Mahalo Stacy and all the Waipā staff for making our stay great!

Check Waipā out here for more information!  They do amazing work.

If you are interested in being a part of the Sustainability Club, please contact Laura at 245-8386.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

AASHE Conference and Award Acceptance

Recently, Ho'ouluwehi won an AASHE award for the Best Case Study for an Associate or Tribal College with under 5,000 students.  AASHE stands for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and is one of the most well known professional sustainability organizations in higher education.  Laura Williams, an instructor in the new Sustainability Science certificate program, went to the 2014 conference in Portland, Oregon to accept the award and present on Ho'ouluwehi.  Please click here to link to the award winning proposal entitled, A Unique Hawaiian Learning Approach to Sustainable Living, Island Wide.  Williams accepted the award and presented on behalf of Executive Director Eric Knuzten, Chancellor Helen Cox, and the entire Kaua'i Community College ohana.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hyatt hydroponics project

Eric Knutzen, our beloved director, had to leave Kauaʻi to tend to family matters for a while.  However, before he left he set up a partnership between KCC, CTAHR, and the Hyatt to produce local food, on site for the Hyatt.  Read more about this exciting new project through the link below!  We appreciate Eric's work on this project, and we miss him!!

Mālama Kauaʻi has new positions open

Mālama Kauaʻi has been approved for 3 AmeriCorps VISTAs for their Kauaʻi School Garden Network!!

They need to select their candidates by October 3rd.  If you or anyone you know is interested, please pass this along.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

KCC in the Garden Island

KCC has been making the news lately, and many of our projects are getting recognition.  Please click on the link below to see the write up about our exciting new certificate program!!  If you would like more information, please call 245-8386.