University of Hawaii Maui’s Sustainable Science Management program continues to benefit from the support of Maui-based Pacific Biodiesel Technologies (PBT) with the selection of new intern Kate Cheney, a junior at the college. The partnership between UH Maui and Pacific Biodiesel furthers sustainability efforts and gives college students experience with a global leader in renewable energy.
“I am proud to have this opportunity at Pacific Biodiesel, world leaders in the field of sustainability and renewable energy,” Cheney said. “I feel very enthusiastic about Pacific Biodiesel’s community-based biodiesel fuel production.”
The Sustainable Science Management (SSM) program uses critical sustainability thinking skills and applied learning/research to develop expertise of students’ knowledge, skills and leadership for the future.
The new SSM program at UH Maui recently received a $30,000 endowment from Maui Electric Company and is anticipating consistent growth in program enrollment. “Pacific Biodiesel has been one of the strongest and most consistent supporters of the Sustainable Science Management program since our inception,” said SSM Program Director Tim Botkin. “In particular, internship opportunities with PBT have given our students the chance to work with industry-leading experts striving to incorporate sustainability throughout their business and community practices. This extremely valuable experience inspires thoughtful leadership as our students enter the community workforce.”
Pacific Biodiesel is the oldest and most experienced biodiesel producer in the country, providing Hawaii with locally processed renewable fuel since 1996. Today, the company is recognized locally, nationally and internationally for its leadership in biofuels and sustainability. PBT founders and principals Bob and Kelly King were recently included in the Top 100 People in the Advanced Bioeconomy for 2016 by readers of the international Biofuels Digest.
Information about PBT can be found online at www.biodiesel.com. Additional information about the SSM program can be found online at Maui.hawaii.edu/ssm.
Photo courtesy of Pacific Biodiesel