Molokai Energy 2.0: Building on island efficiency

| April 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

Molokai Earth Day Fair today at Mitchell Pau’ole Center, 5-10 p.m.

Press Release by Blue Planet Foundation

Building on the success of the “Go Green & Carbon Clean” project, where 36,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) replaced incandescents, Blue Planet Foundation plans to introduce a series of energy efficiency programs that will maintain momentum for the island of Molokai to achieve energy independence in the years to come.

The Molokai Project 2.0 will focus on further educating the public and engaging with the youth of Molokai. “Hui Up” is an ENERGY STAR appliance bulk-purchasing program that will allow residents to replace their inefficient refrigerators with energy-efficient models at affordable, substantially discounted prices. The foundation will partner with Hawaii Energy (hawaiienergy.com), Servco (servco.com), SustAINAble Molokai (sustainablemolokai.org) and Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. (meoinc.org).

Molokai 2.0 will also focus on tracking the energy consumption of each household by using Blue Planet Foundation’s Energy Tracker, launching this summer. The Energy Tracker is an online app that enables residents to monitor their household energy use, compare it to others, and even challenge each other to energy reduction competitions.

The students of Molokai will catalyze residents to adopt energy solutions by monitoring energy use in Molokai households and providing guidance for reducing their energy consumption in the months to come. Blue Planet Foundation will provide the necessary tools for the students to implement this program.

Beginning April 2011, Blue Planet will conduct a community survey to learn more about existing refrigerators and energy use of each household. Those interested in participating can find more information and apply to participate at Molokai’s Earth Day Fair today, April 22, at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center. Blue Planet Foundation will also provide more information at the Molokai Ag Fair on April 30 at Lanikeha Community Center.

To learn more, visit GreenMolokai.org or you can reach Emillia Norrdhoek at 808-216-3663 or Francois Rogers, Special Projects Director, at francois@blueplanetfoundation.org.

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