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SMS at KCA June 16, 2009 – Review of Meeting

KCA Logo clip_image002 GROWING OUR FUTURE, TOGETHER
June 16, 2009, 68 p.m., Kihei Community Center, 303 E. Lipoa St. Kihei, Maui, HI

The Kihei Community Association hosted South Maui Sustainability for a slide presentation and breakout group discussion of community gardens, renewable energy, reef sustainability and recycling and conservation.

SUGGESTED ACTION ITEMS FROM BREAKOUT GROUPS

RECYCLING AND CONSERVATION DISCUSSION
Curbside Recycling
Advocate for full service curbside recycling
In the meantime set up neighborhood recycling groups where neighbors take turns transporting to the recycle/redemption centers.

    Money collected could go to:

  • The person who transports the materials
  • The whole group
  • Other organizations as a donation.

Advocate for the recycling of office paper.

    Packaging

  • Charge for plastic bags in the stores. This stick might be a more effective way to reduce use of plastic bags than the carrot of getting a small refund for using your own bags.
  • Find a way to get money for plastic bags (by weight) to motivate the pubic to pick up the bags, especially off the beaches.
    Energy and water Conservation

  • Clean the exhaust ducts from electric dryers
  • Turn off dishwaser “drying cycle”.
  • Watch your wattage on all appliances with KillaWatt or other metering devices.
  • Lower thermostat on hot water heater. 100 degrees is enough.
  • Upgrade any appliances older than 10 years to Energy Star.
  • Clean off the radiator tubes of your refigerator.
  • Turn dishwashing and hand washing water off when not actually using it to wet or rinse.
  • Turn off electricity for hot water heater, then turn on 15 minutes before needed. A timer box by the heater is better than using the circuit breaker for this.
  • Plug appliances, sound and computer equipment into power strips and then turn off power strip when done.
  • Use drip irrigation whenever possible
  • Promote graywater usage and public policy.
  • Advocate for Xeriscaping.
  • Advocate for bike lanes, especially on the Norht/South Kihei collector road.
  • Encourage bus usage
  • Whenever possible rescue freshly dug up plants from beting taken to the landfill. Can take them to schools, Aloha Shares, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, churches, homes, etc. Also see http://www.MauiPlantRescue.com
  • Use used coffee cans for storage.
  • Convert old cloths into bags or material to chrochet into rugs.
  • Take old towells to the Humane Society for use with the anmials.
  • Use the library instead of buying new books.
  • Use passive solar jugs to store heat for upcountry greenhouses
  • Take used magazines to your doctor and dentist’s offices.

REEF SUSTAINABILITY DISCUSSION
Most important issues

    Carbon dioxide deposition, nutrient rich waters going into ocean.

  • Run off from development (concrete, better construction, land use)
  • Street run off, golf courses. Irvine& Newport Beach already doing good things. John Tetamer.com
  • Decline in fish, over fishing
  • Water quality
  • Sewage dumping.
  • Community ed. is poor, need to raise awareness. Population and growth problem
    What needs to be done?

  • Start at worst problem and work back.
  • Put filters in run off areas, since wetlands are already built over.
  • Promote natural wetlands, have penalties to over fishing, rules and regulations.
  • Neighborhood watch program.
  • Mooring. Rotationrest rotation – put into law?
  • Small steps s/b encouraged faucets, car washes, look at selfbehaviors.
  • Consulting Hawaiian Kahuna
  • More gray water use – education
  • Apollo alliance –Pam lightfoot
  • Water recycling link west Maui, establishing political strength, Gary Hoosier, political advocacy, Malama Kauau = connecting
  • Pick two/3 political issues, strength together State issues DNLR enforcement, 24 county offices to work with.
  • Use wastewater instead of dumping It., proactively protecting reefs now. Spending now to save reefs/water later.
    What is being done by other groups?

  • Pump don’t Dump. Putting signs up to help protect reefs. Educating visitors PSA on Airlines, Ziggy Lovenut. “Eyes on reef” –How to recognize Coral Disease and algae Growth.
  • Darla White. Shoreline reef cleanup Diving, snorkeling, beach line
  • Aquamarine collection Legislation Dyer?
    What can we do? And how will we do it?

  • Education. Create Hawaiian island alliances to gain political power.
  • Encourage –testify legislators – to save reefs and waters
  • Create Education programs, all age schools
  • Presentations –water quality, respecting our waters.

COMMUNITY GARDEN DISCUSSION

    Possible Sites

  • Kalama heights, Churches, ML&P land, Technology Center
  • KCA back and front. Safeway –North Liloacatchment

Interested parties – Kirk Surrey, Anne, Michael

    Ideas for bringing in the community

  • Church out reach, parents of children in schools, Rotary, SMS mailing list, Advertising in Maui Weekly etc. Flyers on Apt. doors.
  • Master Gardeners. Marin County model.
  • Tova

Challenges of water cost.
Do prototype, then “sell” idea.
Create a social network.


RENEWABLE ENERGY DISCUSSION

  • Funding – Done by county or state – solar install paid on property tax bill and passes on to new owner w/tax credits over 50% it is a good return on investment 1017%. Also prop value goes up. $24,000.00 = 3KW system. Fed Gov will lend money for this. Standard measurement unit is peak power output of solar panels….?
  • New units prices going down due to supply and demand
  • MECO can invest in solar elect, themselves and will start doing installs.
  • New super efficient glass which gives 3% better absorption of solar light.
  • Panel warranties going up to 20 yrs.
  • Efficiency = conservation w/out sacrificing
  • Great person in Kihei for solar – Steve Fryer
  • July 18th solar Town call Hawaii PV coalition.org
  • Know what you need – Willy Bennett can do this for you.

June 30, 2009 at 5:49 pm 1 comment

Public Meeting on Maui Planning Commission’s Maui Island Plan

This is an opportunity for the public to weigh in about the Maui Island Plan, which is available online.

July 7, 2009, 1:30 – 8 p.m., Kihei Community Center, Kihei, HI.

Testimony will be taken at beginning of meeting and after the dinner break (approx. 6 p.m.) To confirm timing, please call Luciene Denes at 214-0147.

June 29, 2009 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

Environmental Sustainability Central Focus at KCA Meeting

Maui Weekly article reports on the SMS presentation at the June 16 Kihei Community Association meeting.

June 29, 2009 at 2:21 am 1 comment

Website tracks all Plug-in Electric Vehicles

Plug In America is a web site deciated to promoting Plug-in Cars for a Better America.

Also on the site is a PLUG-IN VEHICLE TRACKER that keeps up-to-date information on all makes and models of all plug-in cars, trucks and bikes—their features, production status and photos.

June 20, 2009 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

JAPANESE WATER POWERED CAR

Comment from viewer:

I’m going to call this extremely misleading. The water is not fuel. It must be separated into hydrogen and oxygen and then the H burned in a combustion process or the H & O are recombined in a fuel cell. No matter what, there must be something other than water and that something costs money and energy to produce. And whatever that is, it must be replaced.

The company that makes this car is Genepax. They did not protect the name globally so there have been others grab the name and exploit it. Here is their website and they claim money and development problems. IF this worked, it would be a thousand trillion dollar idea and no lack of money to make it happen.

Every other claim to have invented a “water powered car” has turned out to be a hoax.

June 17, 2009 at 6:20 pm 1 comment

Plant Rescue Maui

PlantRescue Have you ever seen someone or some organization digging up plants and throwing them away? Have you ever thought about how those same plants could be ‘recycled and bring joy and add a bit of color to someone’s yard, as well as continuing to help replenish the earth’s oxygen supply?

Next time you see it happening, call for help! Plant Rescue Maui is here for you.

http://www.PlantRescueMaui.com
Email: Karenmac1999@hotmail.com
Phone: 808-276-2900

June 17, 2009 at 1:34 am Leave a comment

Feed-in Tariff Law Under Review by Public Utilities Commission- Maui Weekly Article

Two Maui Weekly journalists attended the June 4th SMS Renewable Energy Committee meeting. One, Sophie Cocke, wrote an in-depth article covering problems of oil dependence and the current process of establishing Feed-in Tariff (FIT), an important part of establishing fossil fuel independence through clean, renewable energy. Other articles on Feed-in Tariff.

June 16, 2009 at 11:49 pm Leave a comment

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