HONOLULU — A total of 14 venues and events were recognized for undertaking energy efficiency and sustainable business practices that will help their bottom lines while advancing Hawai‘i’s clean-energy and sustainability goals.
Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige praised the awardees for their commitment to conserving energy and water, reducing waste and protecting Hawai‘i’s environment.
The ceremony was hosted by the Hawai‘i State Energy Office, state Department of Health and the Honolulu Board of Water Supply. The Hawai‘i Green Energy Program, created by the Hawai‘i State Energy Office and the DOH in 2002, provides technical assistance to businesses, government agencies and nonprofits seeking to operate in a more environmentally and socially responsible manner.
“As we enter into the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we remain acutely aware of how vulnerable Hawai‘i is to things like volatile fuel and electricity prices, energy-supply disruptions, rising sea levels and threats to our fragile ecosystem,” said Hawai‘i Chief Energy Officer Scott Glenn.
The honorees of this year’s HGBP Awards are Kings’ Land by Hilton Grand Vacations, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, OHANA Waikiki East by Outrigger, Waikiki Malia by Outrigger, Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, The Volcano House, Prince Waikiki, The Hawai‘i Convention Center, University of Hawai‘i Maui College, Honeywell, 2021 Sony Open and 2021 Sentry Tournament of Champions. The businesses and events honored at this year’s HGBP awards ceremony undertook a wide array of green initiatives that included planting native and endemic plants to reduce the need for excessive irrigation, using low-flow faucets and shower heads to reduce water consumption, installing LED lights and solar panels, recycling paper and food scraps and implementing incentives to encourage employees to commute by bike. For more information on the Hawai‘i Green Business Program, visit greenbusiness.hawaii.gov/.
Source: The Garden Island