Sustainability Training Programs

Spring 2020 Sustainability Education Calendar

Intro to Hawaiian Ethnobotany
Learn the fundamentals of Hawaiian Ethnobotany in-class and outside at Kauluwehi, a new on-campus ethnobotanical garden serving as a living, learning lab. Saturdays, Feb 15 to Mar 7, 2020, 1:00-4:00pm

Ethnobotany: Field Workshops
Further your knowledge in ethnobotany through hands-on learning in off-site field trips on topics such as limu (sea algae) identification and cordage making. Saturdays, May 2 to May 23, 2020, 1:00-4:00pm

Building Operators Certification 1
Contact Nicolette van der Lee for more information:, (808)984-3379. April-June 2020, Online via Zoom 

Planting Fruit Trees I
Have you dreamed of an orchard of many fruit varieties in your backyard? This 3-hour classroom session will give you the how-tos of designing, planting and caring for a fruit tree orchard. March 15, 2020, 9:00am – 12:00pm

Planting Fruit Trees II
Continue with an afternoon tour of a developing orchard to explore the step-by-step methods for caring for a variety of fruit trees at Pono Grown Farm. March 15, 2020, 1:00 – 4:00pm

Permaculture Design Certification
This international certification is the global standard for Permaculture Consultants & Designers consists of the required 72-hours of training plus additional hands-on activities. The course integrates regenerative agriculture practices including keyline design, holistic management for home gardeners, landscapers, farmers, ranchers, architects, land owners, teachers, and sustainable businesses. Saturdays, April 4, 2020 to May 3, 2020, 8:00am – 4:00pm

Sustainability Leadership for Organizations
Join a 2-day workshop designed for managers, engineers and aspiring leaders to learn how to apply sustainability principals in their organization to effect change. Acquire an understanding of the fundamentals of sustainability leadership for organizations and facilities using a system approach. Hawaii Energy is offering a $300 tuition sponsorship for participants. To apply for the sponsorship and register for the course, contact Nicolette van der Lee at
April 16-17, 2020 – OAHU COURSE
April 23-24, 2020 – MAUI COURSE at UH Maui College
8:30a.m.– 4:30p.m.

Hawaiʻi’s Marine Naturalist
Tailored for tour boat crews, naturalists, and ocean enthusiasts this course offers an overview of some of Hawaiʻi’s most visible and oft-encountered protected marine life, their basic biological needs, distribution and how to assist in their protection. April 21 and 22, 9:00am – 4:00pm

Certified Interpretive Guide Training
The nationally recognized Certified Interpretive Guide (CIG) program is designed for anyone in the interpretive field. The course combines the theoretical foundations of the profession with practical strategies in delivering quality interpretive programming to visitors. RESCHEDULED FOR FALL 2020.

Fall 2019 Sustainability Education Calendar

Introduction to Water Quality
Team of Instructors, FREE, Thursdays, Sept 5 to 26, 2019, 5:30-8:30pm

Investing in Sustainable Communities
Presented by Responsible Markets, FREE, Thursdays, Sept 12 – Nov 21, 11:30am-1:00pm

Are You Ready to Be a Farmer? – Farm Apprentice Mentoring Orientation
Organized by the Hawaii Farmers Union Foundation, FREE, Thursday, October 9, 2019, 5:30-8:30pm at Paina Cafeteria at UHMC

Upcycled Bottle Brick Building Workshop
Instructor: Winsome Williams, $129, Saturday, October 19, 2019, 9:00am-4:00pm

Summer 2019 Sustainability Education Calendar

Food Forest Workshop – CANCELLED
Instructor: Rosa Maicas, $395, Weekends, May 18 to 26, 2019

Managing for Sustainability – RESCHEDULING FOR SPRING 2020
Instructor: Tim Botkin, $279, Tuesdays, July 9 to 30, 2019

Introduction to Water Quality
Team of Instructors, FREE, Thursdays, June 6 to June 27, 2019

Youth Eco Program
Huliau Eco-Adventure Instructors,  July 23 to 26, 2019



Spring 2019 Sustainability Education Calendar

Perspectives on Native Hawaiian Sustainability: Malama Ahupuaʻa
Instructor: Scott Fisher, $109, January 10 & 13, 2019

Sustainable Farming: Fundamentals from Soil to Harvest
Instructor: Gerry Ross, $269, January 24 to February 10, 2019

Greenhouse Technician & Food Innovation Certification – Hoʻi Grant program
Instructors: Joseph Tocci & Jadda Miller, February 20-June 10, 2019

Principles of Irrigation
Instructor: Evan Ryan, $189, February 21 to 24, 2019

Permaculture Design Certification
Instructor: Rosa Maicas, $995, March 2 to April 28, 2019

Improved Crop Production with Low and High Tunnels
Instructor: Gerry Ross, $69, March 10, 2019

Culinary Camp for Teens
Instructor: Dean Louie, $329, March 18 to 21, 2019

Keiki Art Camp: Create a Mural
Instructor: Lauren Blickley, $379, March 18 to 22, 2019

Keiki Coding Camp: Create a Video Game
Instructor: Rick Ortiz, $379, March 18 to 22, 2019

Planting Fruit Trees
Instructor: Evan Ryan, $69, March 17, 2019

Integrated Pest Management
Instructor: Susie Mastroianni, $279, April 11 to 27, 2019

Certified Interpretive Guide Training
Instructor: Lauren Blickley, $379, Fridays, April 26 to May 17, 2019

Lighting For A New Hawaii
Various Instructors, $349, Saturday, May 11, 2019

2018 Sustainability Education Calendar

STEM Camp: Create a Video Game
Various instructors, $379, Oct 8-12, 2018, 8:30am-4:30pm

Youth AquaPono I: Greenhouse Technician Training
Various instructors, Free, Oct 8-12, 8:30am-4:30pm

Green Events Workshop
Instructor: Ashley O’Colmain, $149, Tuesdays, Nov 6-13, 2018, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Certified Interpretive Guide Training
Instructor: Lauren Blickley, $379, Wednesdays, Nov 7-28, 2018, 8:30am-5:30pm

Hawai‘i’s Marine Naturalist 
Instructor: Hannah Bernard, $279, Dec 11-12, 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm

Youth AquaPono II: Greenhouse & Food Innovation Internship
Various instructors, Free, Dec 26 – Jan 4, 8:30am-4:30pm

Youth Ocean Stewardship Certification
$395, Dec 26-29, 8:00am-4:00pm

STEM Camp: Create a Video Game: Maui
Various instructors, $149, Dec 26, 2018, 8:00am-4:00pm

STEM Camp: Create a Video Game: Menehune
Various instructors, $239, Dec 27-28, 2018, 8:00am-4:00pm

Farm Apprentice Certificate
January-May 2019, Contact Nicolette van der Lee,, 808-984-3300 for more information.

2017 Sustainability Education Calendar

Perspectives on Native Hawaiian Sustainability: Malama Ahupuaʻa
Instructor: Scott Fisher, $109, May 18-19, 2017

PSA Grower Training
Instructor: PSA, $179, May 24, 2017, 8:30am-5:00pm

Intro to GPS
Instructor: Sarah McLane Bryan, $159, June 3, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm

Intro to GIS for Natural Resource and Agricultural Management
Instructor Sarah McLane Bryan, $189, June 5-8, 6:30-8:30pm

Advanced GIS
Instructor Sarah McLane Bryan, $229, June 12-15, 6:30-8:30pm

ArcToolbox Workshop
Instructor Sarah McLane Bryan, $129, June 17, 8:00am-12:00pm

Computer Cartography
Instructor Colin Lindeman, $229, June 19-28, M & W, 6:30-8:30pm

Lighting Audits to Lighting Retrofits
Instructor: Stan Walercyzk, $349, ONLY $49 with Hawaii Energy Sponsorship, June 17, 2017, 8:00am-5:00pm

Backyard Aquaponics: Orientation to the Aquapono II System
Instructor: Susan Miller, $69, June 24, 2017, 8:00-11:00am

Backyard Aquaponics: Set Up Your Aquapono II System
Instructor: Susan Miller, $379, July 22-Aug 26, 2017, Saturdays, 4:00-7:00pm

Intro to Permaculture Design
Instructor: Evan Ryan, $279, July 15-16, 2017, 8:00am-5:00pm

Pruning Fruit Trees
Instructor: Evan Ryan, $69, Aug 12, 2017, 8:00am-12:00pm

LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
Instructor: John Bendon, $295, Aug 19, 2017, 8:00am-5:00pm


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Phone: 808-984-3379