EPA officials to offer sustainability series

Environmental Protection Agency officials are planning to conduct a series of public workshops focusing on “Green Street Strategies” and “Sustainable Strategies for Small Town and Rural Areas” and will hold a presentation from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kahului Community Center.

Maui County is one of 56 communities across the nation that will receive technical assistance from the EPA aimed at improving the county’s quality of life and reaching goals for economically and environmentally sustainable growth, according to a news release from the county.

In the upcoming workshops on “Green Street Strategies,” participants will explore strategies aimed at capturing and filtering storm water runoff with vegetation and soils, resulting in less reliance on underground infrastructure. The strategies help to reduce flooding, decrease storm water pollution in waterways and beautify neighborhoods with additional vegetation.

The “Sustainable Strategies for Small Towns and Rural Areas” workshops are intended to explore some quick fixes to zoning and development codes that the county could achieve to make progress toward implementing community goals for smart growth and sustainable development.

For information or to register for the public presentation, contact Deputy Director of Public Works Rowena Dagdag-Andaya at 270-7845.