Governor Ige has kept his promise to protect and conserve our environment.
Preserving land for future generations. Governor Ige protected nearly 40,000 acres of watershed forests on Kauaʻi, Oʻahu, Molokaʻi and Hawaiʻi islands. Worked with federal, state and private-sector partners to acquire 2,882 acres of the Helemano Wilderness area in Central O‘ahu for recreation and conservation.
Global leader on climate change. Ige was the first U.S. governor to sign the Paris Climate Agreement, which curtails carbon emissions causing climate change and sea level rise. The state reduced emissions by 43,335 metric tons.
100% Renewable. Governor Ige is the first governor in the country to sign legislation that requires 100% of electricity from renewable energy sources.
Protected our oceans. The Ige administration developed plans to effectively manage 30% of nearshore ocean waters and watershed protection to sustain our way of life by 2030.
Keeping the Country Country. Ige finalized the negotiation to purchase a conservation easement to protect and preserve Turtle Bay Mauka from future development and secured public access.
Building a sustainable future. Governor Ige established the Sustainable Hawaiʻi Initiative that sets concrete and measurable goals through sound resource management. Click to Read More
Clean water for our Keiki. Governor Ige protected our fresh water supply through conservation and reuse for agriculture, urban and coastal areas.
Protecting Hawaiʻi's coral reefs. Governor Ige signed a law that banned sunscreens that contain chemicals which harm coral reefs, the first law of its kind in the country.
Reducing Harmful Toxins on our Islands. The Governor signed a law banning pesticides containing potentiall harmful chemical chlorphyrifos starting in 2023.
Helping locals enjoy Hawaiʻi ʻs bounty. The Ige improved state parks for public use and enjoyment.
Protecting Hawaiʻiʻs flora and fauna. The Ige administration strengthened the interagency biosecurity policy and infrastructure plan to protect Hawaiʻi against invasive species by 2027.
Global conservation leadership. Governor Ige sponsored the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress, the largest environmental summit to ever take place in Hawaiʻi, bringing together thousands of environmental leaders and decision-makers, government, indigenous peoples, business, and academia.