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President's Message (Evelyn Bender)
Access to Legislative Information
There is No Excuse for Inaction
Leasehold Consensus
Reflections on Home Rule (Jana Chang)
75th Anniversary
Help the Kauai League
Bylaw Changes Proposed
League on the Light Side
Corporate America Turns on to the Environment
Critic Confuses Function of League of Women Voters
Neighbor Island News - Hawaii County (Dorothy Doudna)
Contributions are Appreciated

Corporate America Turns on to the Environment

Writing in Nature Conservancy, January/February 1993, Frank O'Donnell enumerates current trends emerging in the nation's corporate community. O'Donnell writes, "Until recently, many companies treated conservation as a passing fad and fought against virtually every environmental regulation. But with environmentalism becoming more deeply ingrained in American Society, businesses have begun to realize that they are fighting a losing battle. And perhaps more important, they have discovered that conservation actually can be a sound business strategy."

The Irvine Company recently announced an alliance with The Nature Conservancy to manage 17,000 acres of coastal ridges, meadows, and canyons in Orange County, California; Dow Chemical Company is working with the Conservancy and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to purchase wetlands in Louisiana; E.I. Du Pont deNemours & Company is working towards wildlife protection in Delaware; and Duke Power Company has sold land in North Carolina to The Nature Conservancy as a way to mitigate negative effects due to power lines in the Nantahala National Forest.

Energy conservation is getting a boost also as utilities sponsor energy efficiency programs. One example cited was Pacific Gas and Electric which is aiming to reduce the growth of electricity demand in its service area by 75% in the next decade. New England Electric System has designed programs for commercial, industrial, and residential customers to reduce its peak demand by more than 300 megawatts. This effort will save oil and prevent tons of carbon from going into the atmosphere. Both companies are cooperating with the Environmental Protection Agency's "Green Light" program which is designed to promote energy-efficient lighting.

Recycling receives attention through a consortium of 235 major corporations; they recently announced a program to increase demand for recycled products. Companies are urging their own suppliers to provide them with higher volumes of recycled raw materials and greater recycled material content in finished products. Waste reduction receives attention, too. The Environmental Defense Fund has worked with companies in this area and expects "tangible environmental benefits from a company taking a hard look at its operations with a new eye towards the environment."

As the business community moves to the environmental beat, the League of Women Voters can say "welcome to our world." It has been since the 1960s that League positions have reflected concern with these issues.

Editor Extends Congratulations

The State of Hawaii and the City & County of Honolulu are to be congratulated for their attention to the environment.

This fall the Hawai'i Department of Health held another household hazardous waste collection.' Aerosols, antifreeze, automotive and other batteries, cleaners, motor oil, paints, pesticides, and solvents were all collected through the department's and private industry efforts.

The county helped itself and citizens through its Christmas tree collecting/composting effort. Volunteers, including major tree trimming firms, joined in this recycling project.

Thanks to the state and local governments who "think future."

World Population News

The November/December newsletter of World Population News Service contained an article stating that "throughout Asia the age at which women are first married has been rising, according to a report published recently by the East-West Center."

Trends towards delayed marriage continue in almost every Asian country. These changes have "important social and economic implications of the countries of Asia."

Although this may have the effect of curtailing population growth, it was also noted in the same newsletter: "Although family planning use is increasing in the developing world, the International Planned Parenthood Federation reports that 111 million of 200 million current users will be unsuccessful or dissatisfied in planning their families."

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