In 2016, Gov. Ige launched an initiative to create a sustainable Hawai‘i
“We have a kuleana, a responsibility, to malama, to steward, our natural and cultural resources.
The health of our natural resources is critical to our way of life, our economy and our culture.”
Double Local Food Production by 2020
Helping local farmers to increase local food production while also supporting programs that cut down on waste. Increasing AG loan programs, invasive species control, purchase of AG land, and supporting sustainability edu- cation in our schools are all essential programs.
Implement Interagency Biosecurity
Plan by 2027 Invasive species threaten our agriculture, environment, tourism, and health. Our Hawai‘i Biosecurity Plan integrates research, technol- ogy, funding and community involvement to tackle this very real and important threat.
Protect 30% of Priority Watersheds by 2030
Today we are halfway to our goal with 15% of our priority watersheds protected. Continued funding is needed to control invasive species, plant trees, prevent wildfires and to educate our keiki and the community.
Effectively Manage 30% of Nearshore
Ocean Waters by 2030 Hawai‘i’s fisheries and corals are in trouble due to climate change (ocean warming and acidification), sediment, pollution, and unsustainable fishing practices. Studies have shown that 30% of our reef must be healthy for it’s sustain- ability. Statewide planning, monitoring, education and enforcement is critical to ensuring a pristine and bountiful ocean for our children.
Achieve 100% Renewable Electricity by 2045
Hawaii has historically been the most oil dependent (and expensive)state for electricity. We are now on track to becoming the first state in the nation to achieve afford- able, 100% renewable energy for electricity. We must stop using shipped in, expensive fossil fuels (oil or gas) for our power