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November 2010

APEC 2010 Yokohama

I just returned from Yokohama, Japan, site of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2010 meeting. It was an amazing experience to be there in person. As a member of the APEC 2011 Host Committee, I attended the APEC Business Advisory Council dinner and the National Center for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s annual lunch where our own Sen. Daniel Inouye spoke about the importance of APEC and how it promotes stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and he welcomed the APEC economies to Honolulu in 2011.

In preparation for the meeting in 2011, Honolulu will host the APEC Symposium and Informal Senior Officials’ Meeting, Dec. 8–9. The symposium brings together APEC officials with business and community leaders from throughout the Asia-Pacific region to discuss APEC’s progress and key issues likely to be on its agenda the next year.

The informal meeting of senior officials is held the next day to discuss outcomes of the symposium. Meetings will take place at the East-West Center. We are recruiting volunteers to assist with various duties for the symposium and senior officials’ meeting and will be providing training for them prior to the meetings. This will be great practice for our volunteers for the APEC meeting next November.

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Holiday Campus Closures

University of Hawai‘i campuses will be closed the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 26, and during the winter break from Dec. 20–31, with campuses back in full operation on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011. The closures are in accordance with collective bargaining agreements and to recover energy savings in our efforts to help meet our budget shortfall.

The energy cost savings resulting from the powering down of buildings at campuses during these non-instructional periods has been helpful. At our largest campus, UH Manoa, the overall net energy usage for the campus for the two-month period of December 2009–January 2010 was reduced approximately 1,000,000 kWh from the prior year two-month period of December 2008–January 2009. The estimated savings was $225,000 at the prevailing rates at the time.

The powering down of buildings during the winter break period, known at the Manoa campus as the Manoa Green Days program, directly accounted for 20 percent of these savings, or about $40,000.

See the Manoa Green Days page.