Ulupono Initiative

Hawaii Green Growth

A group of local leaders tackling Hawaiiʻs energy, food and environmental security issues as a unified voice.

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Background

As Hawaii’s local food, energy, conservation and human capital issues become more complex and challenging, organizations need additional resources and support to address and overcome them. A cost-effective way to tackle statewide problems is to team up with like-minded organizations to leverage resources and relationships.

The Hawaii Green Growth (HGG) is a group of local leaders working together across government, business, academia and civil society to achieve targets in energy, food and environmental security for a sustainable, resilient and prosperous future. As a unified group, HGG can help to provide one voice on issues, allowing each member to gain more clout in the community.

HGG is working on numerous projects, including lobbying for increased environmental funding, creating metrics that will provide a status update on Hawaii’s progress, and generating global awareness of Hawaii as a sustainability leader through innovative policies at worldwide conferences.

Why We Invested

Through the Ulupono donor-advised fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation, Ulupono Initiative supports the Hawaii Green Growth efforts, including a statewide Sustainability Measures project. Ulupono believes HGG is a great forum for collaboration, which can make an important difference in solving Hawaii’s food and energy challenges.

Impact

  • Brings together local leaders to tackle statewide problems in local food, energy, conservation and human capital issues
  • Leverages resources and relationships amongst like-minded organizations
  • Provides one voice on issues, allowing members to gain more clout in the community