Innovating interns to present Friday

The Maui News

Interns with the INNOVATE program will present their findings for making businesses more efficient at the University of Hawaii Maui College campus Friday.

The presentations are open to the public and will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 225 of the Laulima Building.

Hosted by the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui at UH-MC with sponsorship from Hawaii Technology Development Corp., the INNOVATE internship program helps students develop skills to add value to Maui’s green workforce. The internships focus on resource use and energy efficiency projects for local manufacturers.

Interns collected and analyzed data from different manufacturers, including Maui Tempeh, Waikapu Pickles and Maui Screen Printing. The interns will present their findings and provide recommendations for optimizing resource use, reducing costs and helping manufacturers become more sustainable.

“INNOVATE interns learn about topics like energy consumption, water use, renewable energy and how to effectively manage human resources through real world projects,” internship coordinator Austin Van Heusen said.

The Sustainable Living Institute of Maui is committed to supporting Maui’s economy by helping people build skills that are compatible with the community’s cultural choices and economic aspirations; developing Maui as an exemplary and prosperous island; sharing eco-effective methods with other communities throughout the world; and serving as a living laboratory and classroom for building and managing holistic communities.

For more information about the internship and other educational programs, visit sustainablemaui.org or call 984-3379.

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