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April 16, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 CITY AND UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII'S OFFICE OF SUSTAINABILITY INVITE PUBLIC TO PARTICIPATE IN EARTH DAY ENERGY WORKSHOP ON
APRIL 22

           The City and County of Honolulu and the University of Hawaii (UH) Office of Sustainability will commemorate Earth Day with an ENERGY Sustainability Workshop, Teach-in and Expo at the UH-Manoa Campus Center on Tuesday, April 22, 2003.

           The purpose of this all-day educational forum is to stimulate public discussion about Hawaii’s dependence on external sources of energy and what we can do to move toward greater independence.  Contributing sponsors include the UH student organization PA`A (Pacific Action Alliance), ASUH (Associated Students of the University of Hawaii), and Joots, a marketing, advertising and design agency.

           This is the first in a series of five follow-up events stemming from the State/City/UH Office of Sustainability inaugural Sustainability Workshop held at the Dole Cannery Ballroom on January 11, 2003.

           Over 1,000 people attended that workshop where Mayor Jeremy Harris and UH President Evan Dobelle expressed their hope that the City and the University would join forces to promote a community-wide dialogue on sustainability issues related to energy, transportation, resources, land use and agriculture, and the economy. 

 

            This collaboration signals a new level of cooperation on issues pertaining to sustainability in Honolulu, the success of which depends on the active participation of the private sector and the community as a whole.  The goal of this process is to encourage community input toward the development of a City Sustainability Charter—a master plan for how Oahu’s people will manage our island resources in the 21st century. 

           Once completed, the Charter will reflect the views of citizens on a range of sustainability challenges facing the island of Oahu.

           The Earth Day ENERGY Sustainability Workshop, Teach-in and Expo will revolve around a series of events and activities beginning 9:00 a.m. at the University’s Campus Center and continuing until 3:00 p.m. with the conclusion of the Expo.  Morning activities include a panel discussion on energy use in Hawaii featuring experts from the education, private industry and public policy sectors.  This will be followed by energy teach-in and workshop sessions with students, faculty and community participants joining discussion groups according to their interests.

           Designated topic areas and discussion leaders include:

 

Session 1 – Renewable/Alternative Energy and Energy Conservation

                   Discussion Leader: Mayor Jeremy Harris

 

Session 2 – Transportation

                   Discussion Leader: Cheryl Soon, Director, City Department of Transportation Services

 

Session 3 – Architecture/Urban Planning

                   Discussion Leader: Stephen Meder, Assistant Professor of Architecture, UH

 

Session 4 – Public Policy/Social Justice

                   Discussion Leader: Ira Rohter, Associate Professor of Political Science, UH

 

Session 5 – Individual/Personal Contribution

                   Discussion Leader: Bruce Miller, Director, UH Office of Sustainability

 

            All participants in teach-in/workshops are asked to register between 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the Campus Center.

           The Energy Expo, which is being organized by PA`A and will run concurrently with these events throughout the day, will feature energy-related exhibits sponsored by businesses and community groups.  Crafts and organic, locally grown produce will be sold.  A light vegetarian lunch will be provided for those who participate in the teach-ins.  Hapa (Barry Flanagan and Nathan Aweau) will offer a peace moment and musical entertainment at the noon hour.

            This year marks the 33rd anniversary of Earth Day, an event that mobilized millions of people in communities across America and around the world to express their concerns about the degradation of the environment.  Earth Day was a catalyst that led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the passage of the federal Clean Air and Water Acts.  Congress enacted 28 other significant environmental laws in the decade that followed.

            This year’s Earth Day celebration draws inspiration from that historic event and the millions of concerned citizens who were empowered to join a global movement dedicated to environmental protection.

            Accordingly, Honolulu’s celebration of Earth Day 2003 will culminate in a “strategic listening process” allowing participants to express their views about energy use through the benefit of electronic polling.  The results of this dynamic information-sharing process will be tabulated and displayed in real time and integrated into the City’s Sustainability Charter.

            For more information contact Jim Manke at UH at 956-6099, Linda Day at UH at 956-9346 or Carol Costa at the City at 523-4834.  More information on the event also is available at the web site: www.earthdayhawaii.org.

            In keeping with the spirit of Earth Day and our community discussion on energy use and conservation, attendees are encouraged to use public transportation, carpool, bike or walk.  Parking options are as follows:

            Participants may park for free at the Manoa District Park, where they can catch a free City shuttle to the Manoa Campus for the event.

            Parking also will be available on the Manoa Campus for $3.  Participants should go to the East-West Road or Lower Campus Road parking kiosks and tell the attendant they are attending the Earth Day event.  They will be given directions to the parking lots.  There will be free UH Rainbow Shuttles from these lots to Varney Circle, near the Campus Center, every 20 minutes.  For a map of these parking lots and shuttle stop locations, go to the earthdayhawaii.org website.

            Parking also will be available at the Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii, located at 2454 South Beretania St., for $2.  Participants may take the free UH Rainbow Shuttle from this lot to Varney Circle, near the Campus Center, every 15 minutes.

            Following is the program for the event:

 

            8:00 – 9:00 a.m.    Registration for Teach-in and Workshop

                                Campus Center Mall (2nd Floor)

 

            9:00 – 3:00 p.m.    Energy Expo

Campus Center Courtyard (1st Floor) and Mall (2nd Floor) and Krauss Hall Lawn

 

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.            Pule

                                    Campus Center Forum (2nd Floor)

                                    Traditional Hawaiian Blessing

 

                                    Welcome to Earth Day 2003

                                    Bruce Miller, Director – UH Office of Sustainability

 

                                   Welcome to the University of Hawaii at Manoa Campus

                                    Peter Englert, Chancellor – University of Hawaii at Manoa

 

                                    Remarks

                                    Jeremy Harris, Mayor – City and County of Honolulu

                                    Evan Dobelle, President – University of Hawaii

 

9:20 – 10:10 a.m.            Energy Panel

Moderated by Deane Neubauer, Vice President for Academic Affairs –University of Hawaii

 

10:10 – 11:45 a.m.             Energy Teach-in/Workshop

 

12:00 – 12:20 p.m.            Peace Moment and Musical Entertainment by Hapa

                                    Campus Center Forum

 

                                    Light Vegetarian Lunch

 

12:20 – 1:15 p.m.            Summaries and Strategic Listening Process

Moderated by Ben Lee, Managing Director – City and County of Honolulu

     

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Thursday, April 17, 2003

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