"KCC sustainability classes start soon"
By Dennis Fujimoto - The Garden Island
PUHI — Kaua‘i residents can become better equipped to address the sustainability challenge that faces the island through a new series being offered at Kaua‘i Community College starting next week.
The Sustainability Series: Community Learning and Leadership Training Program administered by the KCC Office of Continuing Education and Training provides a unique platform for community members at all levels and leaders across the island to discover new ways to address the critical sustainability challenges facing Kaua‘i and practice an integrated approach for thinking about sustainability solutions, states a release from KCC OCET.
People can also share their challenges and successes in sustainability.
“The college recognizes that creating a sustainable Kaua‘i is a top priority,” said KCC Chancellor Helen Cox. “To get beyond using sustainability simply as a buzz word or single action will require us to think differently.”
Cox said the series of classes designed in two clusters of three modules each will allow people to do that.
“Kaua‘i people will not only learn practical information to help them make decisions that lead to sustainability, they will learn new ways of thinking,” Cox said. “I’m truly excited that KCC will offer this series of classes, taught by widely known and greatly respected Ken Stokes.”
The first cluster in the series is titled “Community Learning Cluster,” and is intended for the general public and property owners.
Its core includes Introduction to Sustainability that meets 9-11 a.m., monthly; Sustainability Thinking, 4-6 p.m., Tuesdays, for 10 weeks; and Sustainability for Households, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays, monthly.
The Leadership Training Cluster is intended for executives, managers and professionals in all sectors as well as those who are tasked with “green” projects, programs and public policy for sustainability.
It offers Applied Sustainability on Kaua‘i that meets 8:30-4:30 p.m., Fridays, on alternate months; Sustainability for Managers, 8 a.m.-noon, Fridays, on alternate months; and Sustainability Leadership, 8 a.m.-noon, Fridays, on alternate months.
Each module may be taken individually or as a complete series, and each module is a complete unit of study.
The first course starts as early as Aug. 14 when Applied Sustainability begins. Aug. 17 is the first day for Sustainability Thinking, and Aug. 18 is the first day of Introduction to Sustainability.
Cheryl Fujii, the acting OCET director, said the college plans to offer this series more than once.
To register or for more information on each module’s offering, a program is available at the KCC OCET office in Puhi, or call 245-8318.