Bioeconomy Hawaii Forum 2023
Tuesday, February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm HST
Meet new leaders and new initiatives in energy, transportation, and agriculture in Hawaii.
Join the members of the Hawaii Bioeconomy Trade Organization and our invited guests to talk story in our journey to a more sustainable Hawaii. How will bioeconomy practitioners help accelerate climate action, sustainability, affordability, reliability, and local economic development? How can these transformational changes be guided by input from the community?
Schedule at a Glance
12:00-12:10: Welcome and Introduction to HBETO Mission and Vision – Carl Campagna, Executive Director of the Hawaii Bioeconomy Trade Organization
12:10-13:00 Session 1: What’s new and what are the priorities for the State of Hawai`i in Energy and Agriculture, and how do those plans integrate with and support an integrated bioeconomy across Hawaii? Speakers: • Mr. Mark Glick, Hawaii State Energy Officer (confirmed) • Representative Nicole Lowen, Chair, Hawaii State House of Representatives Committee on Energy and the Environment (confirmed)• Sharon Hurd, Director of the Hawaii State Department of Agriculture (invited)• Senator Mike Gabbard, Chair, Hawaii State Senate Committee on Agriculture (invited)
13:10-14:00 Session 2: Our journey to develop a community-informed bioenergy project for Oahu’s West Side: How we confirmed and evolved the Aloha Carbon construction and demolition debris waste-to-fuel project based upon community input. Speakers:
• Joelle Simonpietri, Founder of the Aloha Carbon project & owner, Simonpietri Enterprises LLC • Naomi Kukac, Communications and Community Engagement, the Aloha Carbon project• Dr Leslie Rush, University of Hawaii at West O’ahu• Kumu Miki`ala Lidstone, Executive Director, Ulu A`E Learning Center, and Environmental Justice committee member, Makakilo-Kapolei Neighborhood Board.
14:10-1500 Session 3: Talk Story on the Transportation Sector and the Bioeconomy. HDOT Director Ed Sniffen, Senator Lee, and Ms Baumgart-Turner talk about integrated transportation planning and its intersection with the bioeconomy, to include sustainable aviation fuel, renewable heavy-duty transport fuel, and the State of Hawaii’s Hydrogen Hub proposal to the federal government. Speakers: • Senator Chris Lee, Chair of Hawaii State Senate Transportation Committee (confirmed)• Ed Sniffen, Director of the Hawaii State Department of Transportation (invited)• Kirsten Baumgart-Turner, Hawaii State Energy Office and Proposal Lead, Hawaii Hydrogen Hub (invited)1505-1520 Session 4 – Mana’o from Governor Josh Green
1520-1600 Bringing it all together: Key takeaways and next steps. What did we learn, what are the key takeaways, and what are our next steps? A recap discussion moderated by Hawaii Bioeconomy Trade Organization board member Benton Widlansky