Archive for March, 2010

New Technology May Yield Actual (not imaginary) 100% Clean Coal

A new process developed by scientists at Calera, Inc. have developed a process that mimics growing coral by taking CO2 emissions from a coal- or gas-fired power plant and spraying seawater into it. This naturally converts most of the CO2 into calcium carbonate, which is then spray-dried into cement or shaped into little pellets that can be used as concrete aggregates for building walls or highways — instead of letting the CO2 emissions go into the atmosphere and produce climate change.

Although coal is not a renewable energy source, this process could sequester enough carbon from existing, and in some countries rapidly multiplying gas and coal-fueled power plants, to lower global carbon emissions enough to mitigate radical global climate change.

[read a New York Times article on this by Thomas Friedman]
[see a video about the process at the Caldera website that includes support by Carl Pop, Executive Director of Sierra Club]

March 11, 2010 at 1:56 pm Leave a comment

EPA Video Contests

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) has held contests for educational videos that inspire people to protect the environment.

One contest aimed at helping protect streams, lakes, wetlands, and coasts. The two winners each received $2,500 and have their videos featured on EPA’s Web site. The goal of the video contest is to educate the public on different water pollution issues and illustrate ways that homeowners, gardeners, farmers, pet owners, communities and others can improve water quality by changing simple behaviors.The video submissions are in two categories:
* a 30 or 60 second video that is usable as a TV public service announcement
* a 1-3 minute instructional video

Many of the videos are on YouTube and you can also see the EPA Water Quality Video Contest – Winners and Honorable Mentions.

EPA sponsored another video competition, Our Planet, Our Stuff, Our Choice, to raise awareness of the connection between the environment and the “stuff” people use, consume, recycle, and throw away. They looked for videos that will inspire community involvement, spread information and lead to action. The contest ended on February 15. Thanks to the South Maui family who entered the contest with this video.

March 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm 1 comment

Surfrider Foundation Protect and Surf Rally

 6-8pm The Humpback Whale Sanctuary
726 South Kihei Road

Find out what Surfrider Foundation is and what we’ve been doing on Maui, as well as what we’d like to do…with your help!

Opportunities to have fun and get involved with Environmental Activism through one of Maui Surfriders many committees: Beach Clean Ups, Native Planting, Ocean Quality, Marine Debris, Rise Above Plastics, Beach Access, Hold onto your Butts, Ocean Friendly GardensŠ.to name a few.

Refreshments courtesy of Flatbread, Starbucks, Jamba Juice

Excerpts from Surf and Environmental Films

Guest Speakers:
Hannah Bernard (Hawaii Wildlife Fund)
Stuart Coleman (Author “Eddie Would Go” and “Fierce Heart)
Les Potts (Honolua Advisory Council)
Lucienne DeNaie (Sierra Club Maui)
Kimo Clark (The Throwdowns)
Timothy Lara (Chair-Surfrider Maui Chapter)

For more information: or 808-283-2470

Surfrider Foundation, Maui Chapter is working to bring life to its mission of preserving beach access, preserving near shore water quality, and protecting recreational and cultural sites through CARE: Conservation, Activism, Research and Education.

Executive Committee Meeting will precede the General Membership Meeting 5-6pm.

March 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm Leave a comment

School Garden Video is up on YouTube

Our own SMS Core Member, Elizabeth Crow produced a beautiful video capturing the Kihei Elementary School garden project and how the community came together to make it all happen. It’s in two parts and is about 12 minutes long. Don’t miss the very end!

Here is Part 1

Here is Part 2

March 4, 2010 at 1:12 am 2 comments

Fish Identification Program

 Wednesday, March 24
1:00 PM
Maui Dreams Dive Co., 1993 S. Kihei Rd

The Reef Committee has partnered with Maui Dreams Dive Co. and Project Sea-Link to present a free novice fish identification program. The class will be followed by a snorkel fish survey at Ulua Beach, conditions permitting. Space is limited so please contact to confirm.

March 4, 2010 at 12:55 am Leave a comment

Quarterly Beach Cleanup

 Saturday, March 13
8:00–10:00 AM
Kealia National Wildlife Refuge

We will meet at the new public parking lot, but please try to park your vehicle on the dirt area and leave the parking lot for the general public. Check-in with our cleanup coordinator, Katherine. We have a limited number of pickee-up-thingees for those who need to save their backs, so get there early!

March 4, 2010 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

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