The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui Offers Free Sustainability Education

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By Katie McMillan

When it comes to renewable energy resources, Maui seems to have it all: sun, wind, waves, and water.  The question remains, how do we move forward with their introduction into our day-to-day lives?

There are many community organizations that stand in alliance with the development of these technologies. One such organization is The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui, also known as SLIM. Part of UHMC, SLIM’s mission is to “integrate the principles of sustainability into all levels of education to help people build skills that are compatible with the community’s cultural, environmental, and economic aspirations.”

Can waves one day power our electronics? (file image)

There has never been a better time than now to get involved. Throughout the month of April, SLIM is hosting several free events that are open to the public.

On Tuesday April 19, SLIM and the Surfrider Foundation Maui Chapter will present the movie Bag It! for Earth Day. In this highly entertaining and eye-opening film, filmmaker Suzan Beraza follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic-reliant world and takes a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. The screening takes place from 12-1:30pm in UHMC’s Pilina, Multi-Purpose Room.


In addition, on April 21st from 5:30-7:30pm in UHMC’s Pa’ina Building in the Class Act Restaurant, Dr. Reza Ghorbani will present The Energy Wave of the Future: Research and Technology in Wave and Hydrokinetics Power Systems in Hawaii at the next Sustainable Business Pau Hana sponsored by SLIM and OCET-VITEC.


Dr. Reza Ghorbani is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His research is in sustainability and renewable energy device design and applications. He has over 35 peer-reviewed papers, 1 international patent and many pending. He has also won 5 international awards.
To attend this event, RSVP to SLIM at [email protected].

For a full line up of all SLIM events and to find out more about other community events related to sustainability education on Maui check out

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