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Ron’s company, Real Office Centers, and his son, Cameron McElroy, are working to make sustainable energy a reality in their home state of Hawaii. This is an recent article written from their latest trip to their homeland.

Responsible and ethical business practices are not just for CPA’s and Personnel departments but should be intrinsically linked to a company or corporation’s environmental consciousness and presence. As a business owner or CEO, being a decision maker, you are given the task of conscientious obligation, or “best practices” and are ultimately directly responsible for what you choose or choose not to do.  We are all aware of the detrimental impact industry overall has made on this planet, the consequences of which we are still sifting through in 2013. Through awareness, education and support this generation proves to reverse the course of action from harmful mistakes made in the past and prevent further environmental dilemmas for the next generation(s).

We all know that disposing of our trash before being buried in it, and doing so properly, is a literally growing problem. Converting waste or trash into energy is an essential race for space.  It is projected that the amount of solid waste in landfills is expected to increase by 70% globally by the year 2025. There is no place that this issue could be more critical than in a location with limited space and a growing epidemic of trash than the Hawaiian Islands.  While the islands host over 7 million tourists (as of 2011) annually the fact remains that the tourists fly home and leave behind their trash. As recently as 2005 aggressive incentives including deposit fees for containers such as glass, plastic and aluminum and curbside pickup, creating diversions from landfills has been successful, yet may still be too little, too late.

Currently each of the islands has its own landfill(s) and participates in the same recycling systems we do on the mainland. The island of Molokai has exhibited an eruption of community support around this dilemma, the issue of renewable energy, resource independence, as well as education on environmental stewardship, showcased recently at the Renewable Energy Festival in January 2013.   In this particularly fragile environment, minimal impact and maximum benefit to the residents must be in balance.  A.R.E., Inc. (Aurora Renewable Energies, Inc.) presented a dynamic and direct solution to converting the islands trash into energy using the Syngas method, with minimal consequences to the environment, a stark contrast to the Big Wind Project.

Cameron Mcelroy, ROC’s Environmental Integration specialist, represented A.R.E., Inc. at the Molokai Renewable Energy Festival and is actively facilitating support and fostering a partnership between ecoROC and positive environmental ventures that directly affect our Earth. As a part of positive solutions for a change, proclaiming our support and commitment to environmental stewardship, the mission of ROC and ecoROC is not merely a slogan but requires concerted effort, education and most importantly action and involvement.  Taking stewardship seriously which is intrinsically linked with sustainability, ROC realizes that no man is an island, but perhaps the islands are where it should start beginning with converting trash into treasure.

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