The Sustainable Living Institute (SLIM), Maui Recycling Group and the Sierra Club will host a public presentation on Mayor Alan Arakawa's administration's "Integrated Waste Conversion and Energy" on the University of Hawai'i Maui College campus on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. in Ike Le'a (the new science building).
The goal of the three host organizations is to inform the community at-large and present a non-biased overview of this important topic. The event is free and open to the public.
Featured presenters will include Arun Sharma, president of Anaergia Services Inc. of Carlsbad, California; Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, senior scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council in New York; and Kyle Ginoza, director of Maui County's Environmental Management Department. SLIM Executive Director Jennifer Chirico will moderate.
Maui County is evaluating proposals that have been solicited for the “Integrated Waste Conversion and Energy” waste management option.
Dr. Hershkowitz is well known as an international expert, author and speaker on solid waste resource programs. The Natural Resources Defense Council is a national environmental organization founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement.
Director Ginoza evaluates proposals that have been solicited for this latest waste management option. He is currently discussing Anaergia's plan with County Council members.
Anaergia Services is a subsidiary of a Canada-based technology company that has been an international leader in the movement toward utilizing anaerobic digestion for dealing with waste resources.
In brief, this process "digests" organic materials (food, green and other liquid organic wastes) and produces a "renewable natural gas" (RNLG) that can be used as a fuel in power plants, for transportation and other applications. Anaergia has also proposed to produce refuse derived fuel (RDF), a dry pelletized or "charcoal like" product made from the residual material that cannot be recycled.
For more information, call 984-3379 or 984-3462.