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Posted at 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, October 23, 2007

2050 Sustainability Plan roundtable Thursday on PBS

Advertiser Staff

PBS Hawai'i's Island Insights at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 will be devoted to a roundtable discussion of the draft Hawai'i 2050 Sustainability Plan the state's first sustainability plan since the 1970s.

The draft plan proposes goals, strategic actions and indicators to measure Hawai'i's progress toward sustainability. Together, these elements are far-reaching policy recommendations for the future of the state's economy, society and environment. Host Dan Boylan and four panelists will bring their perspectives on how these proposals will affect the long-term future of our state.

The panelists are:

i Sen. Kokubun, chair of the Hawai'i 2050 Sustainability Task Force. The 25-member Task Force developed the draft Hawai'i 2050 Plan and is seeking ideas and opinions from the community about the draft.

i Jim Tollefson, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. With more than 1,100 member companies representing over 200,000 employees, the Chamber is the State's largest business organization and serves as "The Voice of Business" in Hawai'i.

i Susan Au Doyle, president and Chief Professional Officer of Aloha United Way (AUW). AUW works to improve lives, motivate people to help others, increase resources to meet needs and inspire collective solutions to community problems.

i Lea Hong, director of the Trust for Public Land's Hawaiian Islands Program. A private nonprofit land conservation organization, the Trust for Public Land has protected more than 36,000 acres throughout the islands since 1979, from beaches and parkss to koa forest and taro lo'i.

Panelists will discuss what they like about the statewide plan, what they dislike, what's missing and what could be improved. Viewers can participate by calling (800) 238-4847 or send an e-mail to insights@pbshawaii.org during the broadcast.

Viewers are encouraged to download and read the plan before the broadcast. The plan can be found at www.hawaii2050.org.

About the Hawai'i 2050 Sustainability Task Force

The Hawai'i 2050 Sustainability Task Force is developing the Hawai'i 2050 Sustainability Plan the state's first sustainability plan. Chaired by state Senator Russell Kokubun, the Task Force has 25 members from the public and private sectors. The Task Force works with a balanced "triple bottom line" approach that recognizes the interdependence of the economy, society and the environment in creating the sustainability plan. The Office of the State Auditor provides oversight of the Task Force's activities.