ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit 2010
Tamara Armstrong

Tamara Armstrong

Sustainability Coordinator

KYA Sustainability Studio

Tamara Armstrong received her B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s (UHM) Environmental Studies Program where she crafted her own degree in Sustainability to pursue her passion for the growing field. During her time at UHM, Tamara became a founding member of the Sustainable Saunders Initiative where she co-coordinated a highly organized student-led team called HUB (Help Us Bridge) that earned a reputation for turning ideas into action by conducting waste audits, de-lamping, installing low-flow plumbing fixtures, installing renewable energy generators, and collaborating with UHM facilities to reduce energy consumption at Saunders Hall by 24% to save the campus $149,900 annually. The initiative has grown into what is now Sustainable UH, a system-wide sustainability program with a mission to be in service of those establishing the University of Hawaii as a world leader in sustainable practices, education and research.

Upon graduation Tamara went on to become a Leadership in Energy Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) under the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) green building rating system. Her invaluable experience in community organizing from Sustainable UH, LEED credentials, and her overall zeal for the industry led Tamara to a full time position working as a Sustainability Coordinator for the KYA Sustainability Studio, a Hawai‘i-based sustainability consulting practice.

With a diverse team of optimistic individuals driven by their resolve to create a better future for Hawai'i, the KYA Sustainability Studio provides program development, systems research, design and eco-charrette facilitation, high-performance process design and coordination, strategic planning, baseline assessment, green-workforce training, and related sustainability services for clients in both the public and private sectors. With a mission to integrate sustainability into all markets through collaborative programs, partnerships, and services, Tamara and her team are now working with the State Department of Transportation Airport’s Division to address Honolulu International Airport’s long term vision for sustainability.

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