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Mayor seeks to give more attention to sustainability

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa said Monday that Maui County should create a new division to focus on sustainability issues, and that adding “sustainability” to the Department of Environmental Management was one of his top priorities for charter amendments.

Read August 31 Maui News article..

August 31, 2011 at 9:16 pm Leave a comment

Hawai’i State Report on Green Businesses

 The State of Hawai’i Department of Labor and Industrial Relations has released a new report, Hawai’i’s Green Workforce: A Baseline Assessment

This report provides a comprehensive framework for assessing green jobs in the private sector of the State of Hawaiÿi.  Survey responses, from a stratified random sample of all Hawaiÿi businesses, provided data on 4,008 worksites for the first quarter of 2010.  This represents a 44 percent overall response rate.

Green jobs are defined as those that engage in at least one of five core green areas: (1) Generate clean, renewable, sustainable energy; (2) Reduce pollution and waste, conserve natural resources, recycle; (3) Energy efficiency; (4) Education, training and support of a green workforce; and (5) Natural, environmentally-friendly production.

Key findings include:

  • Green jobs in the private sector of Hawai’i are estimated at 11,145, which accounts for 2.4 percent oftotal private employment. Green jobs are identified in 203 occupations across 19 major industry groups.  Sixty-five percent of Hawaiÿi’s green jobs are found in three major industries – Construction, Professional Services, and Administrative & Support, Waste Management & Remediation Services.  Five occupations — Janitors & Cleaners, Forest & Conservation Technicians, Security Guards, Electricians, and Heating & Air Conditioning Mechanics & Installers — account for 28 percent of the green workforce.
  • Current green job vacancies are estimated at 670, which represent 1.5 percent of Hawaiÿi’s totalunemployment.  Nearly three-quarters of these vacancies occur in three industries – Construction, Agriculture and Professional Services.
  • Businesses anticipate green employment to grow faster than the overall labor market in Hawaiÿi.  Between2010 and 2012, employer worksites project the number of green jobs to increase by 26 percent to14,048, accounting for 2.9 percent of total employment. Occupations expected to experience the most growth in green jobs during this period are solar and insulation technicians.  All counties report an increase in the number of green jobs by 2012, with Oÿahu projecting the largest number (1,885 new green jobs) and Hawaiÿi County the highest rate of growth (42 percent).
  • Community colleges and trade schools fulfill 62 percent of the education and training requirementsfor reported green jobs.  The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification is the most commonly cited qualification.
  • Businesses report an average of 3.5 green practices per worksite, with the largest numbers found in Maui and Kauaÿi counties.  Recycling, use of recycled products, and energy-saving light bulbs are the most common practices.  Over 90 percent of worksites report at least one green practice

April 4, 2011 at 8:45 pm Leave a comment

Going Green – Gwenyth Paltrow’s GOOP website

Among the interesting suggestions on Gwenyth Paltrow’s Goop Website is this section called Going Green.

March 14, 2011 at 5:01 pm Leave a comment

Wal-Mart’s new Healthy Foods Strategy

 Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, will announce a five-year plan on Thursday to make thousands of its packaged foods lower in unhealthy salts, fats and sugars, and to drop prices on fruits and vegetables.

[Read full New York Times article]

January 20, 2011 at 10:38 pm Leave a comment

Converting Plastic Back To Oil !

November 19, 2010 at 3:31 pm Leave a comment

The Botany of Desire – full program online

Botany of Desire

A PBS video available online featuring Michael Pollan and based on his best-selling book, this special takes viewers on an eye-opening exploration of the human relationship with the plant world — seen from the plants’ point of view. Narrated by Frances McDormand, the program shows how four familiar species — the apple, the tulip, marijuana and the potato — evolved to satisfy our yearnings for sweetness, beauty, intoxication and control.

November 3, 2009 at 1:11 pm Leave a comment

City Offers Matching Grant to Businesses for Energy & Water Conservaiton

The City of Longmont is offering $60,000 in matching grants to local businesses to help pay the cost of energy and water efficiency improvements in commercial buildings and equipment.

The Commercial Efficiency Matching Grant Program offers financial assistance in addition to existing energy and water efficiency incentive programs available to Longmont businesses. Grant funds will be awarded to match the business or property owner’s investment after other incentives are deducted.

Matching grants are limited to the lesser of $5,000 per project or combined incentives and matching funds not to exceed 70% of total project costs.

Eligible efficiency improvements are those already approved for incentives or rebates under existing programs offered by Longmont Power & Communications, Platte River Power Authority, Public Works and Natural Resources, and Xcel Energy. Eligible measures include lighting, cooling, heating, compressors, refrigeration, motors, insulation, windows, roofing, toilets, urinals, spray valves and others.

Grant applications are being accepted through July October 31. For more program information and application materials, visit, or call 303-651-8386.

via Longmont Downtown Development Authority LDDA  528 Main Street Longmont.

August 17, 2009 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

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