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When the University of Hawaii at Manoa's annual electric bill Printer-friendly
surpassed $15 million last year, Interim Chancellor Denise Konan E-mail Features Dept.
selected a single building -- Saunders Hall -- on which to test
energy-saving solutions.
Saunders seems a fitting choice for the pilot project. At $760,000
annually, its energy cost is on the high side for a nonlaboratory
building. The College of Social Sciences is located there. And the
building's occupants asked to participate, says Susan Chandler,
interim director of the Public Policy Center.
"We sort of stepped up to the plate and said we want to do this,"
said Chandler. "Because we have a dean (Richard Dubanoski) who's
really enthusiastic, we have student groups, and then, you know,
we're social sciences. So we wanted to say, it's not just the hard-
science folks, the natural-science folks -- people can make a big
difference, too."
Shanah Trevenna, a Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Futures
Studies, was hired as student coordinator for the project Sustainable
Saunders. A St. Thomas, Ontario, native with charisma and energy -
- and a background in mechanical engineering -- Trevenna started
organizing student forums on sustainability.
The same students kept showing up, said Mary Bailey, a travel
industry management major who is coordinating the project's launch
party. They banded together to form a steering committee, which
they call the HUB. By January, Sustainable Saunders was rolling.
The first phase, being completed this semester, is to encourage
behavior changes and measure the effects: small habits that add up,
such as turning off computers at night, or changing to more efficient
light bulbs.
"We're trying to collect data on every single aspect of these changes

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that we're making," said Bailey. "That way, when other entities want
to possibly look to us, we can give them the exact data, and we can
know exactly how much money it cost and how much money did we
save from making these changes."
Data is collected by newly installed energy meters as well as old-
fashioned observation and note-taking. The HUB's faculty advisor,
David Nixon, enlisted the help of students in his sustainability class.
"I have one student who is simply standing in front of the elevators,"
said Nixon. "She's a sociology major, and she wants to understand
why people take the elevator one floor."
The next phase calls for more technology and more upfront
investment by UH. Pending financing (the HUB is also applying for
grants and seeking local sponsorships), plans include an interactive
green touch-screen kiosk to track water and electricity use in real
time; a "green roof" that uses plants to cool air in and around the
building (six native plant species are being tested); and passive solar
lighting using fiber optics.
Each HUB member serves on at least one of the group's working
teams, including recycling, energy, green roof, worm bin and
communication. The energy team, led by Trevenna, has been
conducting weekly public workshops this semester to explore
alternative technologies.
Tamara Armstrong, aided by members of her economics class, has
been leading weekly "Dumpster dives" to analyze Saunders' trash
output. She also manages a dedicated recycling program on each of
the building's seven floors. When her team looks at trash output,
Armstrong says, "We can see the large chunks are Styrofoam,
paper cups, tissue paper, and all of those things can be diverted
through behavior changes that we could work with the university and
the different vendors."
Joy Hearten, an environmental studies major, is experimenting with
vermiculture -- processing and composting waste with worms that
feed on food scraps and paper waste.
Trevenna says Sustainable Saunders will take at least two years to
complete. But the HUB, which has drafted a business plan, has
longer-range goals. "In the long run we'd like to offer ourselves as
kind of like a brand," said Juanita Mathews. "So if you have a
sustainable business, you can put our logo on your product or on
your window. So if people walk by, they know this business adheres
to this set of practices."
"We want to make sure that people understand that this is doable,"
said Bailey. "You just need some energetic, passionate people on
your side and it will happen."

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