Once a month, the U.S. Department of Energy sponsors a Web seminar as part of their Technical Assistance Program (TAP) for state and local officials. The “webinar” on August 25 featured Blue Planet Foundation’s Special Projects Director Francois Rogers, who reached beyond Hawai‘i’s borders as he discussed the impact of our wildly successful Go Green & Carbon Clean campaign to replace 36,000 incandescent bulbs with CFLs on Moloka‘i. Results? The CFL exchange saves Moloka‘i residents 17 GWhrs (that’s 17 million kilowatt hours) of electricity, 24,000 barrels of oil, and $6.5 million over the lives of the bulbs. It also reduces the amount of greenhouse gas pollution we release into the atmosphere by 16,000 tons.
“We designed the project to help the community reduce its dependence on imported oil, and the result is that Moloka‘i has become a shining example of how an island community can achieve energy independence through energy efficiency practices,” Rogers explained to the global audience of 550 online participants. “The philosophy behind the Moloka‘i project isn’t limited by geographic or cultural boundaries. Our hope is that others will adapt the Moloka‘i model to pursue energy efficiency goals in their own communities.”