University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple, the University of Hawaiʻi Sea Grant College Program and U.S. Senator Brian Schatz have partnered to bring world-renowned experts from across the state and nation to UH Mānoa for a day-long conference entitled Ascent: Developing a New Social Contract for Public Investment in a Green Future on April 15, 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. These experts will address key underlying issues of sustainability, and engage directly with high school and college students who are poised to lead these efforts in the future.

On April 15, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer along with a handful of speakers will be partnering with state and local experts as well as Hawaiʻi’s youth to examine risks and propose solutions to energy and water resource security, and the complexities of climate change.

That evening, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore will present a free public lecture at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Stan Sheriff Center. For more information, read the UH Mānoa news release.

The next day, April 16, Senator Schatz will be holding a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus. The senate’s energy field hearing will focus on meeting sustainability goals in Hawaiʻi and the Pacific.

“As a national leader in clean energy development and sustainability, Hawaiʻi is the perfect place to hold this important summit of local experts and global leaders like Vice President Gore. By teaming together we can tap into new resources and move forward with solutions that are good for our state, the nation and the world,” said Senator Schatz, chairman of the U.S. Senate Water and Power Subcommittee.

For more about the event and a complete list of the conference speakers, read the UH Mānoa news release.

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