About us

Our Team


Alex de Roode is the Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) at the University of Hawaii-Maui College. As the Executive Director, he develops and directs SLIM programs and projects, including non-credit certification training programs in various areas of sustainability. He is involved in a wide range of community outreach activities related to increasing understanding of sustainability and how it can be adopted and implemented at both organizational and individual levels. He works with individuals and organizations from the public, private, educational, and non-profit sectors and presents to a variety of audiences on a wide range of sustainability-related topics. He has a MSc in bioresource engineering and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a LEED AP Operations + Maintenance. Alex’s expertise lies in energy, agriculture, sustainability assessment, and education and training.


Melanie Stephens is currently the Education Coordinator. She has been a consultant with SLIM and OCET, conducting a survey and completing a report on the sustainability needs of Maui businesses. She teaches EdVenture courses and specializes in conflict management consulting for business and family. She is a core group member of Upcountry Sustainability, a Master Gardener, and the Community Service Chair of Upcountry Rotary Club.

Austin Van Heusen is the internship coordinator for the INNOVATE Hawaii commercial energy auditing program. Austin is a student of UH Maui College focusing on energy monitoring and management.  Through SLIM, he obtained his Home Energy Survey Professional certification, worked directly with the Renewable Energy Customer Services department at Maui Electric, and  completed an internship with INNOVATE Hawaii, completing a commercial energy audit with a local business.  He also works with Green Building, LLC as an energy consultant.


John Bendon is a leader in Hawaii in the field of green building and energy efficiency.  Many of the classes that John has taught have never been taught in the State before. John Bendon is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in LEED Homes. He is also Certified Energy Rater under RESNET, a Building Performance Institute Analyst, holds masters in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver, and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado.  To learn more about John and his company Green Building LLC, please visit www.GreenBuildingHawaii.com

Lyman Morikawa has been working with solar energy since the early 1990s.  He has experience in residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional power and lighting system design for power generation and distribution, motors and controls, renewable energy and solar photovoltaic systems. As the manager of Morikawa and Associates, LLC, Mr. Morikawa is involved with preparation of electrical design plans and specifications for custom residences and development projects, single and multi-family dwellings, commercial and office buildings, warehouses, medical facilities, churches, recreational facilities, and industrial plants. Lyman is a Licensed Professional Enginneer and holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and a MBA.

Clifford Rutherford was a former building contractor and practiced plumbing and solar hot water installation with a local division of a national plumbing franchise on Maui and received solar hot trainer certification through the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL). As an Instructor at UHMC, he was Program Coordinator for the Construction Academy Program and taught energy and construction trade credit courses with the Sustainable Construction Technology Program.

Stuart Zinner is the Maui College Renewable Energy Coordinator and an instructor in the STEM department teaching classes in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology, Information and Computer Science, and Mathematics, including classes in Photovoltaic Design and Installation, and Computer Networking. He has received training in Photovoltaic Design and Installation from Solar Energy International and is approved by NABCEP to offer PV classes.


Keep in touch

Email: SLIMinfo@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-984-3379