SLIM to Present Book Signing, Panel Discussion on Island Sustainability

October 27, 2015, 4:45 PM HST · Updated October 27, 4:45 PM
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Thinking Like an Island EventThe Sustainable Living Institute of Maui is holding a special book signing event at UH Maui College Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Thinking Like an Island: Navigating a Sustainable Future in Hawai‘i, a new release by UH Press.

Local Maui experts who contributed chapters to the book will participate in a panel discussion at the signing: John Bendon, Jennifer Chirico, Scott Fisher, Penny Levin, Steve Parabicoli, Kirk Surry, Ramsay Taum and Susan Wyche.

The panel will include an engaging discussion on key sustainability topics on Maui, such as sustainable agriculture, green building, water conservation, culture and school gardens.

The focus of the book is viewing islands from a systems perspective and the importance of valuing the entire system in nature rather than the parts. Thinking Like an Island shows how multi-scalar relationships are significantly affected by human decisions.

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Signed copies of Thinking Like an Island will be available at a discount at the event.

The signing and panel discussion will be held in the Kalama Building, Room 103.

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