Ted Liu, director of the Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism, spent the better part of an hour describing a dialogue that began last year. Here are the highlights:
A Seminal Event
In the PUC’s Court
Liu’s presentation followed one by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Ed Chu, a Hawaii native now living in the Washington, D.C. area. Chu’s presentation – “Closing the Loop on Climate Change” – included some fascinating facts we’ll include in future posts; for now, here are a couple concerning sustainability:
• 426,000 cell phones are retired each day, totaling (in 2005) 50,000 tons of discarded material in those phones.
• 2 million plastic bottles are used/consumed every 5 minutes in the United States.
That last one made us push the bottle under the chair a little further out of sight.