MAYOR AND MILITARY FORM SUSTAINABILITY PARTNERSHIP
(Thurs., Nov.15, 2012)— Mayor Peter Carlisle today joined installation leadership from military bases around Oahu to sign a Memorandum of Understanding pledging closer collaboration between the City and County of Honolulu with the local Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard on sustainability and solid waste management issues.
The agreement establishes a working group that includes the City and County of Honolulu, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, and Coast Guard Base Honolulu.
The goal is to develop a comprehensive and integrated approach for solid waste management on Oahu that will assist the parties in their individual solid waste management programs and support mutual solid waste and sustainability objectives.
"This is a great example of multiple government branches coming together to improve efficiency and foster understanding that benefits everyone," Carlisle said. "The City and military have mutual interests in protecting the environment and helping create more sustainable practices for a better future."
The MOU will foster cooperation in many ways, participants said.
"This agreement between Oahu's military installations and the City and County of Honolulu serves as a foundation for future collaborations," said Col. Daniel Whitney, commander, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii. "The Army and our military partners believe that shared knowledge will lead to actions that benefit the entire community.
"The key message here today is that we are all working together—our installations along with the City and County of Honolulu—to make us less dependent on foreign fossil fuels," said Navy Capt. Jeff James, commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. "We recognize the need to do everything we can to conserve energy, convert waste to energy, and promote energy security."
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