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The state of Hawaii's aspirational energy goals include transitioning to 100 percent renewable power by 2045 and doing so in a way that is equitable for its many rural inhabitants.

The following is an edited excerpt from "Emerge: A Strategic Leadership Model for the Sustainable Building Community" by Kathleen O'Brien (New Hope Press, 2016).

An introduction from the author:

In this week's episode, the GreenBiz team reports on the ground from the VERGE Hawaii 2017 conference.
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Google's Urs Holzle, the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance and John Goodenough have the imagination and capacity to make the impossible possible for renewable energy.
Taking advantage of $15 billion in annual tourism spending while also ramping up local sustainability efforts is no easy task.
The technology could make it easier for companies and communities to analyze the huge amounts of data expected from sensors in cars, roads and other new transport devices.
A small agricultural city is jumping at the chance to lead the way on sustainability.
Run on Less is a first-of-its-kind cross-country roadshow organized by Carbon War Room and the North American Council for Freight Efficiency to showcase advances in fuel efficiency.
The state is home to nationally recognized startup incubators that are hoping to hatch innovations in both technologies and business models.