Guam leaders converge for inaugural CIS board

Posted on Aug 23 2018

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Back row, from left, Noel Enriquez, Asia-Pacific operations manager for Stanley Consultants Inc.; Archbishop Michael Byrnes; Norman Lauron, president of Big Fish Creative Inc.; Jon Fernandez, superintendent of Guam Department of Education; Jeffrey Larsen, president of TakeCare Insurance Co.; Dr. Austin Shelton, executive director for UOG’s Center for Island Sustainability and associate director for UOG Sea Grant; Madelaine Cosico, director of Sales & Marketing for the Hyatt Regency Guam; Maj. Gen. Roderick Leon Guerrero, adjutant general of the Guam National Guard; Roland Certeza, president and CEO of GTA. Front row, from left, Sonny Ada, president of Ada’s Trust & Investment Inc.; Carlotta Leon Guerrero, executive director of the Ayuda Foundation; Annania Nauta, Miss Asia Pacific International Guam; Dr. Mary Okada, president and CEO of Guam Community College; Jackie Marati, senior vice president and chief communications officer for Bank of Guam; Jennifer Camacho, senior vice president of Cars Plus LLC; and Inna Wiese of RIM Architects LLC. (UNIVERSITY OF GUAM)

As the University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability approaches its 10th anniversary, CIS announces its launching of the inaugural Island Sustainability Community advisory board.

The board is comprised of local leaders and captains of industry and government. The ISCA board will set strategies to cultivate a sustainable future for the region.

“Each board member was selected for their contributions to the community,” said Jackie Marati, chair of the ISCA board. “With their help, we hope that sustainable actions will be ingrained in our society in order to secure our future as islanders.”

CIS was established in 2009 and has since become a focal institute in the region for adapting and modeling sustainable technologies to meet island needs in the broader areas of the environment, economy, society, and education.

“UOG has led the way in island sustainability for the past nine years,” said former UOG president Robert Underwood. “We look forward to the leadership of this board in bringing sustainable practices into our community.”

Underwood continues working with CIS following his retirement as UOG president last month.

Over the next year, CIS will prepare for its landmark 10th anniversary.

Though the center is island-focused, it is also acting globally as the newest member of the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes. Through this consortium, UOG will join collaborators for 12 international universities and research institutions in accelerating solutions to sustainability challenges.

The first ISCA board meeting was held in July at UOG. Board members indicated that waste reduction, natural resource protection, and educational outreach will be the initial areas of focus for ISCA. The board will convene on a quarterly basis. (UOG)

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