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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                     

September 18, 2007

Release No. M-92-07

 

CITY SPONSORS THIRD ANNUAL DISCOVER RECYCLING FAIR AND HAWAII 2050 YOUTH SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT

 

            The public is invited to the City’s third annual Discover Recycling Fair at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena from noon to 3:30 p.m., September 20 and 21, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., September 22, 2007.

 

            Mayor Mufi Hannemann said, “I’m excited that for a third year this fair will educate and encourage people to help Honolulu become more self-sufficient, sustainable, environmentally friendly and in harmony with our cultural heritage.

 

            “The fair comes at a most opportune time as the City introduces curbside recycling to 20,000 households in Hawaii Kai and Mililani. This pilot project is one step in our islandwide commitment to provide people with an incentive to recycle and to reduce the waste going in the landfill.

 

            “Because we want to inspire young people to make recycling a lifelong commitment, we have opened the fair to schools in the morning of September 20 and 21. The City is providing buses to transport about 5,000 students and teachers from more than 40 schools.

 

“I am so committed to developing youth participation that I am creating the 21st Century Ahupuaa Youth Board to assist the City in reaching and educating our younger generations. With the assistance of the Mayor’s Energy and Sustainability Task Force, the board will develop new strategies on educating and involving Oahu’s young people in the future of their island home. Through the board, these young leaders will implement youth volunteer projects, publish educational materials and, most importantly, reach out to their peers to make sustainability an everyday activity in their lives.”

 

            The mayor noted that, also on September 21, the City is co-sponsoring the Hawaii 2050 Youth Sustainability Summit in the Neal S. Blaisdell Center’s Pikake Room for about 250 high school students. Other sponsors are the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force, Hawaii Institute for Public Affairs, and Girl Scouts of Hawaii.

 

            At the summit, students will express their ideas and concerns about Hawaii’s future, participate in interactive group activities designed to help them understand the complex issues facing Hawaii, and discuss their roles and responsibilities in helping shape the state’s future course of action.

 

            Mayor Hannemann said, “I will speak to these concerned students that day and they will tour the Discover Recycling Fair in the afternoon. I look forward to experiencing the energy and ideas of these young people. The future is in their hands and by their involvement today, I have even more confidence in Hawaii’s tomorrow.”

 

            The youth summit, explained Senator Russell Kokubun, chair of the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force, “will bring the ideas and opinions of the up-and-coming generation into the conversation about our state’s sustainable future. The Task Force appreciates the City’s support of the youth summit and the Hawaii 2050 project.”

 

            Superintendent of Education Patricia Hamamoto added, “The City’s fair and the youth summit are preparing our students for the world they will enter as adults, and helping them plan for and shape the world in which their own children will live.”

 

            Robert Witt, Hawaii Association of Independent School’s executive director, described the fair and summit as “a wonderful opportunity for students from across the islands to come together to discuss their concerns and share their ideas about our state’s future.”

 

            Mayor Hannemann said, “I know people of all ages will enjoy the Discover Recycling Fair’s recycling exhibits, equipment and technology displays, educational workshops and forums, entertainment, and drawings for recycled prizes, so I encourage parents and grandparents to bring their children to this free event.”

 

            Features at the fair include:

 

  • Recycled products made in Hawaii.
  • Tips for setting up recycling collection systems at schools, condos, commercial buildings and home.
  • How clubs and organizations can raise funds through recycling.
  • Exhibits by local recycling companies, services and programs.
  • Displays of recycling equipment and technology.
  • Entertainment, including music and a Trash2Fashion Show.
  • Recycling Education Center.
  • Recycled Art Center.

 

            Highlights from Discover Recycling 2005 and 2006 are posted online at www.opala.org. Call the City’s Recycling Office, 768-3200, for more information.

 

            The City’s commitment to a more self-sufficient and sustainable Honolulu is expressed in a plan released by the mayor earlier this month.

 

            The Mayor’s Energy and Sustainability Task Force plan, available online at www.honolulu.gov/mayor, envisions Honolulu’s infrastructure and operations in harmony with our island home and cultural heritage.

 

            The plan sets ambitious goals over a 10-year time frame for conservation, recycling, alternative fuel usage, hybrid vehicles and co-generation of electricity.

 

            Mayor Hannemann said, “Our new sustainability plan will help to keep our city among the leaders in sustainable practices, energy conservation and responsible environmental stewardship.”

 

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Contact:

Bill Brennan, 527-6928

 

 

Friday, September 21, 2007

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