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Posted on: April 10, 2013
Free Earth Day Workshop on April 18: "Sustainable Living in Changing Times"
In honor of Earth Day, Pacific Whale Foundation will be hosting a free workshop on "Sustainable Living in Changing Times" on Thursday, April 18 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at Pacific Whale Foundation's Discovery Center in Ma'alaea. The public is invited.
During the workshop, representatives from Pacific Biodiesel, HNU Energy and Bokashi Earth will be discussing various ways that they are helping to guide Maui's transition into a greener future. The workshop will offer demonstrations and one-on-one interactions that will help attendees lead a more sustainable, eco-friendly life.
Kyle Blickley, Project Manager at HNU Energy, will be discussing cost effective ways to incorporate new technologies into your home and business. "Solar energy is great, but there are many other steps that individuals and businesses can take to reduce their energy costs," he says.
Kelly King, Vice President and Director of Communications for Pacific Biodiesel Technologies will be speaking on "Here and Now! Sustainable Biodiesel in Hawaii."
Jenna Leilani Tallman will present easy ways to compost at home in small spaces, composting even animal products, using Bokashi, a clean, high-speed composting method first developed in Japan.
Chef Joe Birrer of Porto, the Mediterranean grill and flame-fired artisan pizza restaurant operated by Pacific Whale Foundation in Ma'alaea, will be on hand to discuss the restaurant industry’s relationship to “going local” and provide recipes that source locally produced herbs and vegetables.
Pacific Whale Foundation's education team will also supply materials for mixing your own eco-friendly home cleaning products during the workshop, and will give away tomato and herb starts for planting in your yard or in pots on your lana'i or windowsill.
"At Pacific Whale Foundation, we work to integrate sustainable practices throughout our organization," says Lauren Campbell, Conservation Manager at Pacific Whale Foundation. "For example, we installed LED lighting in our retail and administrative offices, have a weekly delivery of locally grown fruits and vegetables for our staff through Kula Country Farms and have found many ways to change our systems to allow us to go paperless in many parts of our operation."
"This free workshop is designed to inspire individual action and help the community take additional steps to go green at home and in their daily lives," she says.
Pacific Whale Foundation is a nonprofit organization celebrating 33 years of working to protect our oceans and marine life through science and advocacy. To learn more, visit www.pacificwhale.org.