Trees planted to help cool campus

University of Hawaii Maui College students were greeted at the start of the fall term by 16 new trees encircling the campus Great Lawn, all planted to reduce air-conditioning costs. Eight Hawaiian kou align sidewalks to keep walkers cool to reduce the cool down needed when they enter air-conditioned buildings. Two monkeypods shade the Kaaike façade; research has shown that structures externally shaded lower internal air-conditioning costs. Six Cook pines serve as windbreaks to tame strong trade winds. The project was coordinated by the campus Sustainability Committee with volunteers from the Sustainable Science Management program, Cooperative Extension and Maui Green & Beautiful and supported by funding from the Chancellor’s Strategic Directions initiative.