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Executive Director of Lynker Technologies' Sustainable Pacific Program, moving Hawai'i toward more sustainable and resilient practices.<...
I wrote a job description for myself, and Lynker Technologies, an incredibly forward-thinking company, picked me up as the Executive Director of a new division of their company, the Sustainable Pacific Program. My job is to move Hawai'i toward more sustainable and resilient practices. So far that has involved composting projects large and small, from 300+ tons a year at the University of Manao to 100 lbs a day at local schools. I am involved with solar powered micro-grids for homeless shelters to cleaning a polluted bay on O'ahu (yes even in Hawai'i bays get polluted). Soon we will be moving into agricultural projects, water management and other sustainable and resiliency producing activities. The work is incredibly satisfying, and the location is badly in need of repair. While most consider Hawai'i a pristine ecosystem of natural beauty, the fact is we have all the issues of a major city compounded by the remote location and reality of being an island state. Hawai'i may never be completed detached from the umbilical cord of the mainland, but we need to become more resilient and self-sufficient, as recent occurrences in Puerto Rico and American Samoa have shown.