The WSJ has an article on Larry Ellison's efforts on Lanai. Embedded in the article are a lot of environmental issues.
He says the hotel will be a model of sustainability—generating electricity from the sun, making its own fresh water, reusing "gray water for irrigation, and all the buildings will be made from light, renewable materials, like bamboo."
In the near term, Mr. Ellison's most important challenge is to get a new desalination system in place to convert saltwater to fresh water. He wants to bring the number of gallons of available fresh water to 10 million daily from four million. But he also is forging ahead with other projects. He is setting up charging stations for electric cars and plug-in hybrids, and replacing Island Air's old-model Dash 8 aircraft with new ATR 72s.
There is a vision to add commercial agriculture to the island. Water is a top issue for the island and will require power to make water.
"We have the right climate and soil to grow the very best gourmet mangos and pineapples on the planet and export them year-round to Asia and North America. We can grow and export flowers and make perfume the old-fashioned way—directly from the flowers, like they do in Grasse, France. We have an ideal location for a couple of organic wineries on the island. But the reintroduction of commercial agriculture to Lanai is 100% dependent upon increasing the available water on the island. So we're going to use solar energy to convert seawater to fresh water."
I wonder if Larry Ellison's experience in environmental issues will show up in Oracle's business?