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University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program and U.S. Senator Schatz to Convene Green Future Conference to Create a Sustainable Future

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(Hawaii News Now) - Today, world-renowned experts from across the state and nation will convene at the University of Hawai‘i for Ascent -- a day-long conference on clean energy and a sustainable future for Hawai‘i that University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program (UH Sea Grant), Chancellor Tom Apple, and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz are hosting.  Hawai‘i is a national leader in clean energy initiatives and has become a global model for sustainability. These experts will address key underlying issues of sustainability, and engage directly with high school and college students who are poised to lead these efforts in the future. 

At the Ascent conference, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, will join Mr. Geoffrey Anderson, President, Smart Growth America, Mr. Kyle Datta, Co-founder, Ulupono Initiative, Dr. Stephen Meder, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Physical, Environment and Long-Range Planning, University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa, Ms. Hermina Morita, Chair, Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission, Mr. Bruce Karas, North American Vice President for Sustainability and the Environment, The Coca Cola Company, and Mr. Nainoa Thompson, President, Polynesian Voyaging Society. They will be partnering with state and local experts as well as Hawai‘i's youth to examine risks and propose solutions to energy and water resource security, and the complexities of climate change.  

Later this evening, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will present a free public lecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa's Stan Sheriff Center. Tickets are currently sold out, but should seats become available due to no shows they will be released on a first come, first serve basis at the door.  

Tomorrow, April 16, Senator Schatz will be holding a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at the East-West Center at the University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa Campus. The Senate's energy field hearing will focus on meeting sustainability goals in Hawai‘i and the Pacific.

The conference is being organized by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program of the University's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, on behalf of the Chancellor of the University of Hawai‘i at Mânoa jointly with the office of U.S. Senator Brian Schatz.

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