The Pauley Seminar is Capstone of Ascent: Energy and Water Sustainability, Presented by:
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple, U.S. Senator Brian Schatz, and the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program April 15
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore presented a free public lecture at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) campus on April 15, 2014.
The seminar was the capstone of the day-long summit, Ascent, organized by UH and Senator Schatz, which welcomed notable dignitaries from around the country to Hawai‘i in order to discuss and propose solutions to Hawai‘i’s most pressing problems. The topics included renewable energy, sustainable energy and water use, and the impacts of human practice and climate change on the essential resources.
Vice President Gore, known for his visionary leadership and decades of work on reducing the harmful impacts of climate change, shared his insight on these and related topics and how they relate to Hawai‘i.
“We are very fortunate that former Vice President Gore will be in Hawai‘i to address an issue that is very important to our university and community,” said UHM Chancellor Tom Apple. “We hope the discussion about sustainability and climate change have a lasting impact and will push Hawai‘i into the global arena.”
“Vice President Gore has been a true friend and ally in the climate change fight. He is a leading voice on clean energy and I am honored he is joining us to discuss Hawai‘i’s future,” said Senator Brian Schatz, Chairman of the Senate Water and Power Energy Subcommittee. “Our state has charted a path forward for a clean energy economy and served as a model for the rest of the country. We need to continue to promote the development of clean energy, which will make Hawai‘i more sustainable and self-sufficient.”
“I am continually impressed by Hawai‘i’s innovative thinking, from clean energy to water to transit,” said Vice President Gore. “Through his work as chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Water and Power subcommittee, Senator Schatz is proving himself as a committed leader for our country while simultaneously shining a light on Hawai‘i’s achievements as a national leader on clean energy, sustainability, and climate adaptation.”
The seminar was part of the Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminar in Sustainability series, organized by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program and co-hosted by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, and other partners, which periodically hosts speakers of the highest distinction. The University’s most prestigious seminar series honors the Pauley Foundation’s significant support of the University of Hawai‘i, Dr. Stephen Pauley’s remarkable individual sustainability efforts, and Mrs. Marylyn Pauley’s national and visionary leadership in higher education.
Stephen and Marylyn Pauley Seminars in Sustainability are only offered when a particularly significant, timely and critical issue and notable speaker are identified. Seminar topics are diverse with academic, social, cultural, and economic importance. To date the seminars have included light pollution, human health and community design, energy independence and climate change, and fiscal sustainability.
The free seminar was co-hosted by the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Chancellor’s Office, and the University of Hawai‘i Foundation. It was held at the Stan Sheriff Center, which can accommodate approximately 10,000 people.