Gov. David Ige was among a host of U.S. government officials and business leaders who met in New York on Monday to discuss efforts to reduce carbon emissions and create jobs following the administration of US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement.
In the opening ceremony of Climate Week NYC 2017, government and business leaders discussed a range of commitments to meeting their Paris Agreement goals.
Ige told the crowd that 10 years ago Hawaii was the "most dependent community on the planet," but that "two years ago we embraced the goal of 100 percent renewable energy for electricity generation because we wanted to transform our economy."
Ige is attending the summit through the week. The conference is hosted by The Climate Group.
Also at the conference, Stephen Badger, the chairman of Mars Incorporated, touted his company's efforts to reduce two-thirds of greenhouse gasses produced in the Mars supply chain.
In spite of the enthusiasm among leaders from both private and public sectors to collaborate on Paris Agreement goals, Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown remained cautious, saying that "decarbonizing the economy when the economy depends so totally on carbon is not child's play."