Praising Hawaii's Energy Sustainability Plan

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Fri, 2014-08-01 09:52
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Mon, 2011-12-05 11:31

I’ve always wanted to be socially and ecologically responsible, but I didn’t know how. I knew that working for Everblue Training Institute would give me some type of ease in making that happen. What I didn’t realize was how much more aware of my surroundings I’d be, as a result of working for Everblue.

On a recent, much-needed trip with my family, which includes two young children, we traveled to the great state of Hawai’i. This place has always been my peaceful and tranquil getaway with my husband. We don’t go very often, but when we do, it definitely transports us to another dimension of life. The people are incredible, the weather is perfect, and the location is heavenly.

Now we’ve been here a few times and quite frankly, I never get bored of it, but this time something was different and it was within me. It was this newly attuned person that now believed in sustainability and that we are all responsible for it, not just the power companies or the government, that we as humans on this earth are responsible for finding other ways to make life comfortable without sacrificing our earth or our safety. This difference was illuminated when I saw the ways in which Hawai’i, Kaua’i specifically, is pushing – no plowing – through and saying, “We care, and this is what we are going to do.”

You can see it immediately: solar panels on most homes, many businesses, even the local community college. The local government has discouraged stores from using plastic, so no more the question: paper or plastic?

House in Hawaii with Solar Panels on Roof

I decided to inquire with locals about these noticeable differences when compared to the mainland. They responded with such a positive and proud response, that Kaua’i has developed an Energy Sustainability Plan which will suggest goals and implementation guidelines for the next 20 years. A large portion of this will be related to the possibilities with solar energy. The plan is still a work in progress, but there seemed to be so much buzz about it and the positive effects that solar power will have on the island that it was on the front page of the local papers quite a bit during our stay. It’s refreshing to have something so positive be on the front cover of a newspaper!

I’m excited to watch as the islands continue to adopt their new policies and to see how their momentum in making all of these improvements will not only change the islands but will hopefully become a catalyst for other states and countries to make similar changes. Hawai’i is showing that you don’t need federal mandates to make changes; residents have the choice to make their own changes that don’t just help them but help others as well.

To learn more about solar energy, please see the Getting Started with Solar page.

- Jamie

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