HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The State's leaders signed a sustainability challenge today that sets targets and a timeline. The Aloha+ Challenge outlines tangible energy, agriculture, and waste targets to meet or beat by 2030.
Governor Neil Abercrombie, Hawaii's four county Mayors and the CEO of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs came together at the Capitol to sign the Aloha+ Sustainability Challenge.
Governor Abercrombie said of the agreement, "The presence of the Mayors and OHA here today for the signing of speaks volumes. Speaks volumes about where we're going and the confidence we can have."
The agreement commits the State to six targets by 2030. At the top: 70 percent clean energy.
Kauai is leading the solar charge. Mayor Bernard Carvalho cited green growth, "We are the State's largest solar farms. Anahola, done."
Another goal? Doubling food production. Currently 20 to 30 percent consumed here is grown locally.
Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi added, "True agriculture support, buying local, managing our resources effectively. Balancing a vibrant thriving economy with conservation and preservation."
The challenge celebrates Native Hawaiians' culture of sustainability.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell said, "Everyone was fed, everyone lived a pretty good life and no Matson container ship arrived."
Another benchmark involves reducing waste by 70 percent through trash to energy recycling.
Maui County Mayor Billy Kenoi explained the shift, saying "Instead of building mountains in landfills, we're going to be eliminating them and using them productively. What was part of our waste stream is going to be part of our energy stream."
OHA CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe said, "When one cares, perpetuates, preserves the land and its natural resources the people shall thrive."
Kenoi added, "Every island is a unique special place. We all have very similar challenges. What's important is that we all have collaborative solutions."
Carvalho summed up the agreement this way, "To see how we can make things happen for the people as we move toward a greener more sustainable Hawaii."