The beautiful island state of Hawai’i is known to many as a vacation haven, blessed with crystal clear waters, sustaining tradition, and exotic plant life. Its natural beauty and recreational landscape makes it a popular destination for tourists worldwide.
Residents of the geographically, but not economically, isolated state are mostly dependent upon oil and food imports for energy and sustenance. Thus changes in the global energy and food trade can significantly benefit or hinder the state’s economy. To prevent unforeseeable fluctuation, residents are seeking to become more sustainable from a systems viewpoint, increasing amounts of locally sourced food and energy production. The question here is whether a focus on local metrics will hurt Hawaii’s role in the broader global economy.
Join Carey King and Kyle Datta for this panel on Defining Whole-System Sustainability in Hawai’i. Here an energy research associate from The University of Texas at Austin and partner of Ulupono Initiative, a Hawai’i-based impact investment firm, will discuss ways to enact large-scale innovative solutions that will create more locally grown food, increase renewable energy, and reduce waste in Hawai’i, thus improving the quality of life for residents there.