Friday, March 25, 2011

NRS Hosts Discussion on, "Accelerating Hawaii's Clean Energy Future"

On Tuesday, April 5, 2011, the Natural Resources Section (NRS) will hold its monthly brown bag lunch meeting from 12:00 to 1:00pm at the HSBA conference room (located on the 10th floor of Alakea Corporate Tower, 1100 Alakea Street).

NRS will host guest speaker Jeffrey Mikulina, Executive Director of the Blue Planet Foundation, who will present: "Accelerating Hawaii's Clean Energy Future."

Prior to working with the Foundation, Mr. Mikulina served for ten years as the director of the Sierra Club, Hawaii Chapter. His accomplishments in environmental advocacy include legislation that sets a binding cap on Hawaii’s greenhouse gas emissions, requires that all new homes use solar water heaters, requires returnable deposits on all beverage containers, provides incentives for renewable energy use, establishes curbside recycling on O‘ahu and increases the funding of natural resources through tourism taxes. Mr. Mikulina earned a Master’s of Science degree in engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying decision theory.

Mr. Mikulina's discussion will explore some of the underlying drivers to accelerating Hawaii's transition to a clean energy future, including policies in play at the state legislature and Public Utilities Commission, and he will share some of the programs that Blue Planet is launching to help people make smart energy choices.

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