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Hawai'i Green Growth Initiative

“It's not a choice between our environment and our economy; it's a choice between prosperity and decline.”

H.E. Barack Obama, President of the United States 

Launched in 2011, Hawai'i Green Growth Initiative has grown to over 50 active working group members who collaborate on key strategies to develop the state’s green and blue economy.  In addition to high-level representatives from business, the non-profit sector, and academia, all of the relevant government agencies and offices are involved, including the Governor’s office.  Jointly, these leaders set ambitious targets to create a more secure, sustainable, and resilient economy for Hawai‘i by 2030:

  1. 70% clean energy - 40% from renewable energy & 30% from energy conservation
  2. Double local food production - 20-30% of food consumed in Hawai‘i is locally produced
  3. Reverse the trend of natural resource loss - more fresh water; more reef fish; more healthy forests, streams, and coastlines; and no new extinctions of Hawaiian species
  4. Increase local green jobs and education to implement these targets 

GLISPA applied its experience facilitating international collaboration and commitments to help Hawai'i forge a strong partnership that brings together leaders from across business, government, academia and civil society, to advance statewide sustainability goals.  This collaboration demonstrates the effectiveness of an integrated, holistic approach to sustainability.  It now serves as a catalyst for multi-sector action to advance Hawai'i’s emerging green economy. 

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