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Expert to share sustainability solutions for West Maui

By Staff | Feb 10, 2011


What steps can the West Maui community take to promote sustainability and protect the environment?

While promoting renewable energy and local agriculture are key goals, there are many facets to a “sustainable” community. And there are simple things businesses and residents can do to help.

West Maui Sustainability will host Jennifer Chirico, executive director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), for a talk at Lahaina Civic Center on Wednesday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Chirico will share “Sustainable Solutions for West Maui,” to be followed by audience discussion on waste reduction, recycling, composting and food security.

Thursday’s event is a good opportunity to learn more about West Maui Sustainability and SLIM.

The West Side group’s mission is: “To create a conscious community that lives sustainably and promotes shared awareness, education and cooperation within West Maui.” Its current projects include a student garden at Princess Nahienaena School and community education events on sustainability.

SLIM (sustainablemaui.org/‘>sustainablemaui.org/) is an established program at the University of Hawaii Maui College. It is modernizing our workforce by offering free energy training programs in green building, commercial photovoltaic installation and other areas. Learn more about scholarships and SLIM programs at the meeting.

SLIM also offers sustainability workshops and education for students in grades K-12, explores threats to Hawaii’s environment through films like “Ho’okele Wa’a: Turning the Canoe,” promotes school gardens, provides green internships and supports the UHMC Go Green Club.

Get acquainted with these two groups and support their efforts to improve Maui.