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How to Reverse Climate Change by Greening the Worlds deserts


In this March 3, 2013 TED talk, Allan Savory proposes that most global climate change is due, much more than from use of fossil fuels, to grasslands becoming deserts in over half of the land mass of the world. But, he also shows how, contrary to our preconceptioins, grazing animals can, and are actually restore the deserts back to grasslands.

March 21, 2013 at 11:54 pm Leave a comment

Hearing: Maui Island Plan – South Maui – Tuesday, May 29, 9am


Where: Maui County Council Chambers, 200 High St Wailuku

If you can’t go, send comments to General Plan Committee:

May 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm Leave a comment

Kauai Energy Presentation sponsored by Maui County

Join the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and Maui County for a presentation luncheon on Kauai’s Energy Plan, Holo Holo Vision 2020, at UH Maui College.

The luncheon will take place Thursday, February 16, 2012 from 11:30-1:00PM in the Multi-Purpose Room, Pilina Building, Maui College.

What is an energy cooperative and how does it work? What is Kauai County doing to meet their energy sustainability goals? Ben Sullivan, Energy Coordinator for Kauai County, will be discussing the Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and Kaua’i’s current Energy Sustainability Plan. Mr. Sullivan will review the KIUC renewable history, discuss how an energy COOP works, KIUC’s current solar, smart grid, hydro, biomass, and wind projects, as well as the current challenges and opportunities. He will introduce Kaua’i’s current initiative, Holo Holo 2020, and other initiatives, including performance contracting, EV’s, PV, Kaua’i bus, and other renewable energy projects. His presentation will conclude with how Kaua’i relates to Maui and the rest of the State of Hawaii.

Lunch will be available for $5 from the Maui Culinary Academy and includes a variety of sandwiches, chips, and cookies. Please RSVP to Dena Sato (

This event is sponsored by the Maui County and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui.

February 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

Green Business and Investing Locally


Thursday, January 26, 2012
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Class Act Restaurant, Pa’ina Building, Maui College

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and EdVenture (formerly VITEC) at UH Maui College present their next Sustainable Business Pau Hana, “Green Business and Investing Locally”.

The emerging green economy reflects profound shifts in how Americans are shopping, banking, and investing. As consumers consider the environmental, social, and governance issues of the companies making the products and services they purchase, the movement to “go green” has mainstreamed in recent years. Discover exciting opportunities to use money as a tool for social justice, community development, corporate reform, and ecological sustainability. Learn how to grow the green economy through education, standards, advocacy, and investment in a free provocative presentation with Michael Kramer and James Frazier of Hawaii’s own Natural Investments LLC at 5:30pm on January 26, 2012 at Maui College. Whether you want to create a Hawaii-recognized Sustainable Business Corporation, invest in our local green economy, make capitalism more compassionate and ecologically wise, or help alleviate poverty and build community capacity, many strategies are available today to align your values with your business operations, purchases, and investments. You’ll be amazed to hear what’s happening here in Hawaii to grow our green economy, and how these efforts connect to national and global regenerative and responsible practices and initiatives.

Michael Kramer is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary, Managing Partner, and Director of Social Research at Natural Investments LLC. Michael has lived on Hawai`i Island since 1999, where he founded the Kuleana Green Business Program of the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce in 2005 as well as the Kona Earth Festival. He currently serves on the board of the Sustainability Association of Hawai`i and the Hawai`i Alliance for a Local Economy, and is a 20-year permaculture teacher and teacher trainer.
James Frazier is a local, green, and sustainable investing specialist with Natural Investments LLC, based in Maui and Port Townsend, WA. He is a co-founder of the Local Investing Opportunities Network (LION) of East Jefferson County, WA, and a finance graduate of the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. Outside the financial world, his passion for sustainable living has spurred him to explore permaculture, eco-building, natural medicine, yoga, renewable power systems, and more.

RSVP to For more information, visit the SLIM website.

January 11, 2012 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

SF Begins Down The All Clean Energy Path

 By 2020, the city of San Francisco aims to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources – and it just got the green ball rolling by giving Local Power a $390,000 contract to design a plan for moving the city’s power sourcing from centralized fossil fuel plants and toward locally generated renewables.

Read full EarthTechling article..

December 12, 2011 at 1:19 am Leave a comment

Bioneers 3.0

Visionary Bioneers founder Kenny Ausubel paints a very lucid picture of the humanity-wide risks we face, what will be required to solve the problems and the history of the Bioneers contribution to the solutions.

October 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm Leave a comment

Surprise! U.S. might meet its climate targets – The Washington Post

The recession and other factors may lower U.S. carbon emissions to the goals set at the 2009 Copenhagen climate talks.

CO2 reduction chart

Read full Washington Post article..

October 3, 2011 at 5:46 am Leave a comment

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