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About CIS

Center for Island Sustainability


Mission Statement

The Center for Island Sustainability will create an Islands-based model of renewable, sustainable & appropriate technologies focusing on indigenous energy alternatives & replicable research to meet the needs of island communities in the broader areas of Environment, Economy, Society, and Education.


A new word for our uniqueness – Nissology – Greek – Nesia – The Study of Island Communities – The uniqueness of island communities can be exemplified by (1) small size, (2) dispersed populations, (3) remoteness from major centers of production & consumption, (4) economic & ecological vulnerability.

-Ina is to Enlighten,

-Diskubre is to Discover,

-Setbe is to Serve


Center for Island Sustainability

Retrofitting a house as our model for zero-carbon emission, total off-grid sustainability

THE LIVING ROOF – A superbly energy efficient roof providing the environment with beneficial air-cleansing, cooling, & storm water reduction, while creating a usable green-space.





The CIS will contain solar PV & wind-turbine technology, all-electric carport, solar light tubes, LED street lights, an eco-educational park with hands-on learning stations for alternate energy, aqua-culture, agroforestry, hydroponics, bio-mass conversion, along with examples of indigenous architecture.



•Using UV or Ozone as a disinfectant makes rainwater drinkable.

•Rainwater is often the only viable water source on islands given that other water sources may be saline or brackish, limited in availability, or very expensive.

•Rainwater is low in minerals & contains no chlorine, so is ideal for aquaculture.


Multi-story Agroforestry (MSA) in the Pacific Islands

A traditional, sustainable agricultural practice providing wildlife habitat, soil rehabilitation, erosion control, timber, and products such as food, oils, tools, medicines, etc. & an agriculture model focused upon small-holder production for local, sustainable markets & consumption.

UOG, through the CIS, is strategically poised to be the preeminent model of sustainability in the Western Pacific and beyond.  The sustainability and research-based directives of the CIS incorporate teaching, training, and expertise, thus providing a competent workforce for an effective partnership for the islands of Micronesia and beyond.

The Center for Island Sustainability (CIS) is designed to collaborate with all regional educational partners, organizations, and governmental agencies. The CIS actively promotes participation from Micronesian Chief Executives, Pacific Post-secondary Education Council (PPEC), US Federal agencies (USDA, DOE, DOD, DOI, DOT, HUD, EPA, etc.), community organizations, local governments, utilities, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs).

Engagement of Stakeholders

With the emphasis on indigenous, island-focused sustainability, the CIS will create and provide opportunities for research-based models of renewable and sustainable energy management. In partnership with businesses and agencies, the CIS will design and implement field-based research to better provide for the various needs of island communities, including consultation, training, education, internships, and product models. The University of Guam, as the “honest broker,” is committed to the conservation and management of our limited resources and implementation of alternative energy sources with an eye, not only on the fiscal bottom line, but also the broader impacts on our physical and societal environments.

As an entity, the CIS is created to provide direct, local expertise in indigenous, island sustainability. It relies upon various revenue streams including, grants, fee-for-services, sponsorships, and gifts in kind.

In that sustainability is an integrative, trans-disciplinary field, drawing from and adding value to the traditional disciplines and subject areas, the CIS will increase research and publication opportunities for students and faculty on Guam and the region.

Special focus for the CIS equipping our Island Communities to meet their energy, educational, environmental, and water management needs through sustainable local partnerships.

Partnerships are encouraged

Original, indigenous research will facilitate models and standards that meet the unique requirements of our island communities & are replicable by industry, education, governments & communities within the region.

All materials and donations will be acknowledged and publicized within renovated structure and eco-park or designated project.

The University of Guam is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. The University of Guam does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability unrelated to job requirements, age (except as permitted by law), citizenship status, marital status, or political affiliation. Furthermore, the University of Guam does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the admission to or employment in its education programs or activities.

The University of Guam complies with Public Law 24-109 in reference to the provisions and requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

To partner with us, please contact – Sam Walker swalker@uguam.uog.edu. Tel: (671) 734-8267 Fax: (671) 734-2296