published January 9, 2013

Hawaiian Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Focus of SCEWestNet Hui o Moku Effort

By Amanda Moodie, NCSCE

With the start of the New Year, we begin a monthly series featuring updates on current activities from each of the seven nodes of the SCEWestNet (Science and Civic Engagement Western Network) project. The SCEWestNet project, funded by the W. M. Keck Foundation, is a two-year initiative focused on connections and curriculum development across 17 states of the West. Individual nodes are made up of at least three partner institutions and one lead institution in seven regions through the Western United States.

Institutions in Hawaii comprise the Hui o Moku ("Island Group") node. Led by Robert Franco of Kapi'olani Community College, the Hui o Moku node also includes faculty and other representatives from University of Hawaii at Hilo, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and Windward Community College. The node is organizing their SENCER reforms around the theme of Hawaiian environment, culture, and sustainability. The node is also tracking opportunities to share their curricular and pedagogical innovations through a UH System Sustainability Initiative, which currently is emphasizing the development of a sustainability policy with a conference planned for early April. Representing NCSCE and Kapi'olani, Bob Franco will be attending an organizing meeting for a national initiative on environmental education for community colleges in Washington, DC on January 17-18, where he will discuss SENCER and SCEWestNet, as well as service-learning and civic engagement.