Do you have opinions about energy on Maui? If so, the Maui Economic Development Board is looking for you. MEDB is seeking community input on Maui’s energy future as part of project called “MPowerMaui: An Energy Conversation.”
MEDB is asking the public to volunteer their time and share their priorities and values about energy today and in the future on Maui. Interested parties will participate in small group sessions which will be held throughout the month of February.
Activities during the 90-minute sessions will enable participants to learn more about energy, to think about their own actions related to energy, to prioritize issues, to consider what actions they would or would not support, and to develop messages for decision makers.
MEDB President & CEO Jenne Skog said the sessions will be informative, interesting and engaging. “MPowerMaui features the interactive kind of format used in the Focus Maui Nui visioning process that produced lively discussions and thoughtful responses from our community,” said Skog.
The MEDB is setting up two avenues for participation. You can bring together 12-15 people at a company or orgnization for a session that will be run by a MEDB representative. Alternately, interested participants can sign up for a small group session that MEDB has organized.
“This opportunity for public conversation is critical as it can have an impact on the future of our island,” said Skog. “By joining in this conversation, participants will be helping to bring the public’s voice to the table in front of decision makers and community stakeholders as actions are determined to create a ‘green’ energy future for Maui.”
The results of these MPowerMaui conversations will be presented at the “Maui Energy Conference” which will be held on March 25 and 26. Those interested in participating can sign up by calling 808-875-2336.
The MPowerMaui project is being presented by the Maui Economic Development Board with sponsorship from the County of Maui Mayor’s Office of Economic Development; State Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) Energy Office; and the UH Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI).
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