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April 26, 2018

Think About It: Hawaii's Green Dream

Kermit the Frog once sang that "it's not easy being green", and apparently, that's the case for the state of Hawaii, too. At least, that's according to WalletHub, which ranked our state as only #16 among the 50 states in terms of being environmentally friendly. We rank in the top 10 in "climate change contributions" and "eco-friendly behaviors", according to the survey, but lag at #28 in "environmental quality". We're #1 in LEED-certified buildings and #4 in lowest energy consumption per capita, but we're 50th in highest total municipal solid waste per capita.


The survey used environmental experts to compile a rating system that measured environmental quality, eco-friendly behaviors and climate-change contributions. WalletHub's experts evaluated those dimensions using 23 relevant metrics, which were then weighted, based on perceived overall value. Whether or not this is an empirically objective and fair analysis is surely subjective, but the bottom line is that there is undoubtedly a lot more we can and should be doing from an environmental standpoint locally.


And since we are a remote, island chain, we had better take really good care of our own backyard, because there are not a lot of options or help available from neighboring states, of which we have none. You think that's a melodramatic look at things? Well, check out Puerto Rico and how it's recovering from nature's fury seven months ago. Can more be done here to prepare in advance for emergencies like we just saw with record rains on Kauai and in Hawaii Kai? Can we become more self-sufficient and smarter about our environment and energy usage? Undoubtedly. Will we do so regularly and in a manner that makes economic sense, yet allows us to enjoy our amazing environment here while preserving it? Hopefully. Think about it…

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