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Abandoning New Federal Standards Will Cost Americans Between $193 Billion and $236 Billion More on Gas and Add Carbon Emissions Equivalent of 400 Million More Cars HONOLULU – Hawaii Attorney General Russell Suzuki joined a coalition of 19 states and the District of Columbia, in releasing the following joint statement announcing an intention to challenge ...
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HONOLULU — Grants from the State of Hawai‘i Land Conservation Fund support efforts by state agencies, counties, and nonprofit land conservation organizations to acquire land and protect resources for public benefit.  The Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), through its Legacy Land Conservation Program, seeks applications from these partners for grants to preserve — ...
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Sustainability for our islands means a host of things: protecting our people and our environment, providing living wage jobs and affordable housing, and producing more of our own food with sustainable strategies. This issue describes some of the ways the governor and his administration are working with the community to take action — now and ...
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With the stroke of a pen, Governor Ige made Hawai‘i the first place in the world to ban the sale of sunscreens with the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate, effective Jan. 1, 2021. At the signing ceremony, the governor said, “Our natural environment is fragile, and our own interaction with the Earth can have lasting impacts. ...
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Bill signings may look like just ceremonial photo ops, but they represent the culmination of a long legislative process to provide meaningful change for the community. Governor Ige reviewed 228 bills from the 2018 legislative session for legal and policy implications, along with public input. “I take all of that into account and ask, ‘Is ...
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FEMA individual aid approved

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Featured, Main

Persistence and determination at every level — from emergency response teams who went door-to-door to government officials who wouldn’t give up — paid off in getting federal aid to Kaua‘i and O‘ahu families hard hit by the severe floods. In a June 27 news conference, Governor Ige announced the president had approved the state’s appeal ...
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“Farm to table” sounds fresh and appealing — like going to your nearest farmer’s market — but how many of us really know the hard work it takes to grow food? So when Governor Ige set doubling local food production as one of his administration’s goals, skeptics wondered, “Is that even possible?” The answer is ...
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The Ige administration is ramping up the state’s efforts to provide more housing for low-and moderate-income families. “Our goal is to create as many affordable units as possible — especially for families in the 30 to 60 percent area median income range,” said the governor. On Maui, Gov. Ige signed SB 2293 that aims to ...
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‘Aina Pono wins high marks

Posted on Jul 25, 2018 in Featured, Main

  The ‘Aina Pono Hawai‘i State Farm to School program has earned five-stars from some of its toughest customers: the students. “Who wouldn’t want fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and beef instead of canned food?” said one high schooler. Thanks to a public-private partnership spearheaded by the Lieutenant Governor’s office, the pilot project that began ...
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For Danielle Bass, the state’s new sustainability coordinator, less can definitely mean more if it helps save the planet — and taxpayer dollars. Less waste. More awareness. More coordination and connecting the dots across the community. “The practice of sustainability comes down to a balance of three things: planet, people and prosperity — the three ...
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