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A Win-Win for Maui

Sustainability education for businesspeople.

June 23, 2011
Debra Lordan
Editor/General Manager

Answers: 1. To reduce your business costs. 2. To become more innovative. 3. To distinguish your business in the marketplace. 4. To enhance your business reputation. 5. To increase your employee productivity and loyalty. 6. To be good to your planet and community.

If you agree with these answers provided by Green Plus, an Institute for Sustainable Development that works with 17 Chambers of Commerce in 11 states, representing 60,000 businesses, you will be excited about upcoming opportunities to hear about the newest and most innovative advanced technologies in sustainability available anywhere.

Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) Executive Director Jennifer Chirico created a free series of presentations for the Maui business community in partnership with VITEC Training Coordinator Sue Feltz to inform and inspire increases in sustainable operational practices.

Called “Sustainable Technology Business Pau Hana,” these seminars will be held each month, covering issues such as renewable energy, water use efficiency, waste reduction and technology for 21st century farming.

Five more events (one was held in April) are scheduled on Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. from June through November at the Class Act Restaurant in the Pa‘ina building on the UHMC campus.

On June 30, James Griffin from the Hawai‘i Natural Energy Institute on O‘ahu will present the latest on smart grids with a discussion about the next generation of integration for energy utilities and upcoming opportunities on Maui.

He will address three questions: 1. What is a smart grid? 2. How can smart grids help Maui residents and businesses save on their electric bills? 3. How can they help businesses use more sustainable energy?

Dr. Griffin will also describe new pilot projects and how Maui residents and businesses can get involved.

Michael Chang of Hawai‘i Energy will also provide information on energy rebate opportunities for Maui businesses.

“It makes good business sense for business owners to know and understand the innovations that are coming in our near future” said Feltz. “VITEC and SLIM offer training for employees and those between jobs for that very reason: businesses that are prepared and implementing sustainability strategies and technology will save the most money, have the best reputations, and pride themselves in being responsible stewards of Maui.”

To pass the real-world sustainability test, register for these business-focused sustainability events at



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