FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 29, 2023
ANNUAL HAWAI‘I GREEN BUSINESS AWARDS PROGRAM HONORS HAWAI‘I BUSINESSES AND EVENTS FOR GREEN PRACTICES
HONOLULU, HI — The Hawai‘i Green Business Program (HGBP) recognized its largest-ever cohort of Hawai‘i businesses and events today for their energy efficiency and sustainable business practices.
Governor Josh Green, M.D., praised awardees for their demonstrated commitment to conserving energy and water, reducing waste, and protecting Hawai‘i’s environment. “Sustainable use of Hawaiʻi’s water and energy is essential to our way of life, and clean water, energy and tourism are crucial for our economy,” said Governor Green. “When each of us makes a deliberate, meaningful effort to conserve water and energy, the impact we all have on these precious resources is minimized. That is why we are happy to recognize the awardees today, for doing the right thing on behalf of our environment, our land, our water, our people and our state.”
The 37 awardees representing five islands were recognized during the annual HGBP awards ceremony in the Governor’s Ceremonial Room in the State Capitol and livestreamed on HSEO’s Facebook page. The ceremony was hosted by the Hawai‘i State Energy Office, the Hawai‘i State Department of Health, the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.
“It takes a lot of energy to run a business – figuratively and literally,” said Hawai‘i Chief Energy Officer, Mark B. Glick. “Using energy efficiently helps us to make the most of our finite natural resources, which benefits everyone who lives, works, visits, and loves Hawai‘i.”
The honorees of this year’s Hawai‘i Green Business Program Awards include Prince Waikīkī, Mauna Kea Resort, Autograph Collection, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort and several other hotels located in the state.
The HGBP, created by the Hawai‘i State Energy Office and the Department of Health in 2002, provides technical assistance to businesses, government agencies and nonprofits seeking to operate in a more environmentally and socially responsible manner. The businesses and events honored at this year’s HGBP awards ceremony undertook a wide array of innovative measures, such as installing renewable energy, high-efficiency cooling, lighting, and water fixtures, and by limiting waste to landfills.
For more information on the Hawai‘i Green Business Program and how to join the upcoming 2023 cohort, visit greenbusiness.hawaii.gov.