Ulupono Initiative

Policy

Ulupono Initiative believes transformation can be achieved at a policy level through the support of state and county measures and amendments. We collaborate with likeminded organizations to advocate for policies that will make a meaningful impact in Hawaii.

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HB1714 • Relating to Electric Vehicles

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono opposes HB1714, which imposes a limit on the parking fee exemption for electric vehicles.

  • Energy

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HB1801 HD 1 • Amendments, Relating to Renewable Energy

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono supports HB1801 HD 1 with Amendments, which fixes the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for electrical energy by removing the double count from the formula and adding a gas RPS. Ulupono strongly supports the correction to the RPS formula contained in Section4 on page 11 of HB1801 HD 1, modifying Section 269-92, Renewable Electric standards for electric utilities. We concur with the legislative findings in the preamble as to the deficiencies in the current electrical utility RPS formula.

  • Energy

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HB2198 • Relating to Watersheds

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono supports HB2198, which establishes the watershed task force to define the term “watershed,” because it aligns with our goal of preserving Hawaii’s water resources.

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HB2249 HD 2 • Relating to Electric Grid Resiliency

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono provides commentson HB2249 HD 2, which creates a revolving line of credit sub-fund for state government agencies and provides funding for a rebate special fund using the green energy market securitization (GEMS) loan fund.

  • Energy

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HB2274 HD 1 • Relating to Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono supports the intent of HB2274 HD 1, which expands the State’s existing electric vehicle charging requirements for parking lots in multi-unit buildings and workplaces and creates a point system for compliance.

  • Energy

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HB2306 HD 1 • Relating to Agriculture

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2306 HD 1, which appropriates funding for the food safety certification costs grant program, because it aligns with our goal of creatingmore locally produced food.

  • Food

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HB2460 HD 2 • with an Amendment, Relating to Microgrids

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2460 HD 2 with an Amendment, which establishes a Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) microgrid demonstration project, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii.

  • Energy

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HB2497 • Relating to the Hawaii Farm-to-School Program

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2497, which establishes a farm-to-school grant program and a continuation of the Farm-to-School Coordinator position within the Department of Agriculture, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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HB2538 HD 1 • Relating toAgriculture

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2538 HD 1, which authorizes general obligation bonds and appropriates funds for a livestock feed mill by the Agribusiness Development Corporation, because it aligns with our goal of creatingmore locally produced food.

  • Food

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HB2545 HD 1 • Relating to Green Infrastructure

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2545 HD 1, which appropriates funds for the State Sustainability Coordinator to complete a green infrastructure study and plan, because it aligns with our goals.

  • Food
  • Energy
  • Waste

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HB2547 HD 1 • Relating to Sustainability

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2547 HD 1, which establishes the State Office of Sustainability and State Sustainability Fund, because it aligns with our goals.

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HB2581 HD 1 • Relating to Public-Private Partnerships

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2581 HD 1, which establishes the Office of Public-Private Partnership (P3), the Coordinator position, and establishes new delivery methods, because it aligns with our goals of developing infrastructure more efficiently and affordably.

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HB2592 • Relating to Water

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2592, which establishes a working group with the Department of the Attorney General to assess the viability and constitutionality of using tax increment financing on the county level as a means of funding water-related infrastructure projects, because it aligns with our goal of preserving Hawaii’s water resources.

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HB2592 • Relating to Water

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2592, which establishes a working group with the Department of the Attorney General to assess the viability and constitutionality of using tax increment financing on the county level as a means of funding water-related infrastructure projects, because it aligns with our goal of preserving Hawaii’s water resources.

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HB2670 HD 1 • Relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2670 HD 1, which creates a dollar-for-dollar matching program for the supplemental nutrition assistance program at farmers’ markets, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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HB2719 HD 1 • Relating toEnergy

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono supports HB2719 HD 1, which establishes a clean transportation initiative advisory board, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii.

  • Energy

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HB2728 • Relating to Clean Energy Transportation

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports HB2728, which establishes a clean transportation initiative, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii.

  • Energy

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SB 1011 SD 2 • Relating to Motor Vehicle Registration

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono opposes SB 1011 SD 2, which establishes an additional motor vehicle registration fee for electric motor vehicles and hybrid motor vehicles.

  • Energy

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SB1208 SD 1 • Relating to Agriculture

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB1208 SD 1, which provides a $9 million special purpose revenue bond to Twin Bridge Farms Inc. to purchase land, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2022 • Relating to the Public Utilities Commission

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono provides comments on SB2022, which establishes a timeframe for Public Utilities Commission (PUC) decision making, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii.

  • Energy

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SB2073 • Relating to Agriculture

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2073, which appropriates funding for the food safety certification costs grant program, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2085 SD 1 • Relating to Agriculture

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono supports SB2085 SD 1, which establishes a grant program administered by the Agribusiness Development Corporation to finance agriculture related improvements, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2100 SD 1 • Amendments, Relating to Renewable Energy

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2100 SD 1 with Amendments, which replaces the renewable energy systems tax credit with tax credits for energy storage, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii, while being revenue neutral to revenue positive for the State.

  • Energy

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SB2101 • Relating to Renewable Energy Technologies

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2101, which provides a tax credit for ocean thermal energy conversion systems, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii.

  • Energy

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SB2111 • Relating to Agriculture

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2111, which establishes a two-year agricultural theft and vandalism pilot project on Hawai‘i Island, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2122 SD1 HD 1 • Relating to Electric Vehicles

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono provides comments on SB2122 SD1 HD1, which requires 25 percent of certain residential and commercial buildings be electric vehicle charger ready and clarifies the existing parking fee exemption for electric vehicles at metered stalls and creates a twenty-four hour exemption for electric vehicles using non-metered stalls at all state airports.

  • Energy

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SB2168 • Relating to Important Agricultural Lands

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2168,which provides grants to the counties for identifying and mapping important agricultural lands, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2257 • Relating to Taxation

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2257, which requires that revenue estimates provided by the Department of Taxation (DOTAX) to the Legislature be accompanied by a description of the methodology used and assumptions made in providing the estimate, because it helps to understand the department’s conclusions and whether DOTAX is using the most updated information. It also supports our value of transparency in policy making.

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SB2387 • Relating to the Hawaii Farm-to-School Program

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2387, which establishes a farm-to-school program and two critical positions within the Department of Education, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2396 SD 1 • Relating to Loan Programs

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2396 SD 1, which provides funds for the Hawaii water infrastructure special fund, because it aligns with our goal of preserving Hawaii’s water resources.

  • Energy

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SB2398 SD 1 • Relating to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2398 SD 1, which creates a dollar-for-dollar matching program for the supplemental nutrition assistance program at farmers’ markets because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food

  • Food

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SB2434 • Relating to the Issuance of Special Purpose Revenue Bonds to Kunoa Cattle Company, LLC.

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2434, which authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Kunoa Cattle Company, LLC, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2561 SD 1 • Relating to the Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2561 SD 1, which provides funding to the Hawaii Association of Conservation Districts (HACD), because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2572 SD 1 • Relating to Agriculture

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2572 SD 1, which encourages local farmers to identify and grow food to phase out imports, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2575 SD 1 • Relating to Agricultural Food Production

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2575 SD 1, which appropriates funds to the University of Hawaii West O‘ahu to expand its existing programs and develop new means to increase food security in the state, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2648 SD 1 • Relating to the Public Utilities Commission

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono supports the intentof SB2648 SD 1, which updates the Public Utilities Commission structure and operations, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii. However, we have concerns over the drafting of the bill that certain sections could lead to counter-productive, unintended consequences and therefore we offer amendments for consideration.

  • Energy

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SB2715 • Relating to the Issuance of Special Purpose Revenue Bonds to Assist a Seawater Air Conditioning Project in Hawaii

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2715, which extends the special purpose revenue bond authorization for Kaiuli Energy, LLC, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii.

  • Energy

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SB2752 SD 1 • Relating to Energy Efficiency

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono supports SB2752 SD 1, which creates a revolving line of credit sub-fund for state government agencies under the green energy market securitization (GEMS) loan fund, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii.

  • Energy

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SB2832 SD 1 • Relating to Energy at the University of Hawaii

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono supports SB2832 SD 1, which allows for legislative funding for the University of Hawaii Green Special Fund to fund energy conservation measures, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaii.

  • Energy

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SB2839 SD 1 • Relating to Agriculture

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2839 SD 1, which establishes an agricultural enterprise program administered by the Department of Agriculture, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2894 SD 1 • Relating to Agriculture

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2894 SD 1, which conducts crop performance test trials on State agricultural lands for Hawaii’s most imported food crops, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB2928 SD 1 • Relating to the Hawaii Farm-to-School Program

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB2928 SD 1, which establishes a farm-to-school grant program and a continuation of the Farm-to-School Coordinator position within the Department of Agriculture, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SB3033 • Relating to Agricultural Theft

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SB 3033, which expandsthe definition of agricultural theft, because it aligns with our goal of creatingmore locally produced food.

  • Food

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SR 98 • Requesting the Department of Education to Reexamine the Menu Schedules for School Meals to Give Local Produce Suppliers the Ability to Provide Locally Grown Produce in Each Meal, in Keeping with United States Department of Agriculture Standards

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SR98, which requests the Department of Education to reexamine menu schedules to allow for more local produce to be supplied, because it aligns with our goal of creating more locally produced food.

  • Food

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SR139 • Requesting a Study of Potential Projects That Would Reduce Energy Costs for All State Departments and Agencies

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SR139, which requests a study of potential projects that would reduce energy costs for all State departments and agencies, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaiʻiand reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

  • Energy

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SR143 • Requesting the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to Report to the Legislature on How to Incorporate Renewable Fuels into the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SR143, which requests the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to report on how to incorporate renewable fuels into the Hawai‘i Clean Energy Initiative, because it aligns with our goal of increasing the production of clean, renewable energy in Hawaiʻi.

  • Energy

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SR74 SD1 • Requests the Department of Health to Convene a Task Force to Identify Barriers and Solutions to Expanded Water Reuse in the State

2018 Hawaii Legislative Session

Ulupono strongly supports SR74 SD1, which requests the Department of Health to convene a task force to identify barriers and solutions to expanded water reuse in Hawai‘i.

  • Waste