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Expert to Discuss Sustainable Biofuel Future for Maui

August 2, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Kelly King, vice president of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies LLC, will speak at the Monday, Aug. 6, meeting of Upcountry Sustainability at 7 p.m. in the Mayor Hannibal Tavares Community Center poolroom annex adjacent to the public pool, across the street from Foodland in Pukalani.

Hundreds of Maui residents and fleet drivers already fuel up with locally made biodiesel, yet the pathway to "critical biomass" eludes us. Developing a sustainable, clean fuel future for Maui will involve agriculture and ensure the preservation of our open space.

King will discuss what we know about Hawai'i biofuel crop options and what we still need to discover. An interactive discussion will follow the presentation.

The Military Biofuel Crop project on O'ahu is yielding some interesting results that will help with decisions about what to grow, how and where to grow it, and the potential benefits of integrating food and fuel.

As director of marketing and communications, King has helped sell and/or develop 13 biodiesel plants built by Pacific Biodiesel in the U.S. and Japan. The company's community-based biodiesel model has become a standard for the sustainable, renewable fuel industry.

In 2006, together with Daryl Hannah, and Willie and Annie Nelson, King co-founded the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance, a national nonprofit organization that is developing a certification process for sustainable biodiesel practices.

King was also recently named one of the "Top Ten Businesswomen of the Year" by Pacific Business News.

If you're interested in exploring the possibilities, come find out what our community, public officials and local lawmakers can do to support sustainable agriculture and community-based renewable fuel.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Melanie at 573-9260.



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