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Is Sustainable Biofuel Agriculture in Maui’s Future?

April 4, 2013
The Maui Weekly

On Monday, April 8, from 5:30 to p.m., the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and Upcountry Sustainability (US) will present Kelly King, vice president of Pacific Biodiesel Technologies LLC. King will discuss the potential of sustainable agriculture for biofuel on Maui.

Biofuel agriculture demonstration projects are presently taking place on O'ahu and Hawai'i Island.

Hundreds of Maui residents and fleet drivers already drive with locally made biodiesel, yet there is more diesel petroleum that can be displaced. Developing a sustainable, clean-fuel future for Maui will involve agriculture.

"What better way to ensure the preservation of our open space, local jobs and safer fuel?" asked US President Melanie Stephens. "What do we know about Hawai'i biofuel crop options and what do we still need to learn? Hear more about present projects on other islands, as well as possibilities for Maui."

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. Pacific Business News recently named Kelly one of the Top Ten Businesswomen of the Year.

No registration is necessary, but arrive early to ensure a seat.

The presentation will be held in the Laulima building, room 105, on the University of Hawai'i Maui College campus. Call 984-3379 for more information.



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