Burien’s First Mayor Dr. Arun Jhaveri Joins One Million Lights As Executive Advisor
by Mark Neuman
We touched base this week with friend of The B-Town blog, Burienâ€™s first mayor, Dr. Arun Jhaveri, and heâ€™s as busy as ever.
Heâ€™s planning a trip to Copenhagen this month, interviewing for a position on the Metropolitan King County Council this week, and just recently accepted a position as Executive Advisor with One Million Lights, a Palo Alto-based group determined to bring light to the world.
â€œTwo billion people in this world of a little over six billion, one third of the worldâ€™s population, do not have electricity,â€ Dr. Jhaveri said.
One Million Lights, a year-old non-profit group, â€œprovides rechargeable solar handheld lights to poor children and adults in developing countries,â€ he told us. â€œThey can use these in lieu of kerosene lamps, particularly at night so children can study in their huts.
â€œThese solar batteries last forever. And the children donâ€™t have to be exposed to the (kerosene) fumes or the fire hazard while they do their homework.â€
The organization has delivered 30,000 lights worldwide with a goal of one million.
Anna Sidana, One Million Lightsâ€™ founder and CEO, is â€œthrilled to have someone of Arunâ€™s caliber on our board of advisors. He brings depth of knowledge and contacts that are invaluable to us.â€
Dr. Jhaveri recently announced his interest in filling theÂ seat left vacant when King County Councilmember Dow Constantine took over as County Executive.
â€œI meet Thursday afternoon (December 3) with the advisory committee for an interview,â€ he said. The committee will recommend â€œthree or four candidatesâ€ to the eight sitting members of the council, who hope to make a final selection by December 14.
â€œI am interested only in an interim one-year term,â€ Dr. Jhaveri said. â€œI am not interested in campaign financing or running for election (beyond 2010). I want to focus my attention on helping the council on the priorities such as the budget and county services.â€
Dr. Jhaveri is planning on attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen December 7 through 18.
â€œIf things move forward with respect to the vacancy on the council, I might have to cancel or postpone my trip to Copenhagen.â€
Dr. Jhaveri was recently in Washington D.C. signing copies of his new book, â€œCarbon Reduction: Policies, Strategies and Technologiesâ€ (Fairmont Press, Georgia) which he co-authored with long time colleague and fellow engineer, Dr. Stephen Roosa.
â€œThe book is something I believe in. There is a lot of interest in it.â€ Dr. Jhaveriâ€™s book can be ordered through Amazon.com or Barnes and Nobleâ€™s website.
For more information on One Million Lights and how to offer help, here is their website: www.onemillionlights.org
And here’s a video: