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Hawai'i Green Growth

“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 

Hawai‘i Green Growth

Hawai‘i Green Growth (HGG) is a partnership of more than 50 leaders in Hawai‘i from government, non-governmental organizations, business and academia that developed and support the Aloha+ Challenge. HGG serves as a catalyst for multi-sector partnerships to advance the state’s emerging blue-green economy. Under HGG, leaders develop shared priorities for action, support innovative funding mechanisms and legislation, develop shared indicators to track progress, and engage with international partners to create a more secure, sustainable, and resilient economy in Hawai’i. 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 

Aloha+ Challenge: A Culture of Sustainability – He Nohona ‘Ae‘oia

Launched by Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawai‘i’s four county mayors, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), the Aloha+ Challenge is a joint leadership commitment to sustainability for the State of Hawai‘i. The Aloha+ Challenge sets 2030 targets for clean energy transformation, local food production, natural resource management, waste reduction, smart growth, climate resilience, green job creation and education. The Aloha+ Challenge is Hawai‘i’s commitment of collaborative action to sustain our oceans, islands and peoples through an integrated approach. The State of Hawai‘i and U.S. Department of State announced the Aloha+ Challenge internationally at the GLISPA High Level Event “Leaders Inspiring Action” during the Third United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States (UNSIDS) in September 2014. 

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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