GreenBiz 350 Podcast

Episode 128: Catch Hawaii's decarbonization wave, Hilton thinks local

Week in Review

Tune in around 12:05 for a roundup of news from VERGE Hawaii, and thoughts from Gov. David Ige.

  1. Hawaii’s governor: Governments should be agile to tech disruptions

  2. Hawaii’s energy market is open for business — almost

  3. Why Hawaii’s carbon neutrality pledge matters

Featured Stories

True grit: the relevance of resilience (25:15)

A conversation with Honolulu's sustainability chief Joshua Stanbro about how sustainability planning helps his city and county prepare to counteract long-term stresses and become less vulnerable. "This is about community."

Perspectives on cleaning up transportation (31:37)

We check in with Senior Writer Katie Fehrenbacher on the practical implications of Hawaii's vow to clean up its ground transit networks and fleets by 2035. Plus, we hear from former Department of Energy staffer and Clean Energy Works founder Holmes Hummel, who is pioneering new financing models for electric buses, and Amanda Eaken, director of transportation & climate for the Natural Resources Defense Council, who is studying the influence of congestion pricing schemes.

Advancing the cause of sustainable tourism (42:28) 

Tourism is Hawaii's biggest industry, so it's only natural that seeking to minimize its ecological and socio-cultural impacts — while growing the economic potential — would be a major concern of hospitality and transportation companies. We share high-level perspectives on this week's invite-only Sustainable Tourism Summit, where attendees were tasked with identifying metrics and collaboration opportunities that could accelerate progress. Plus, Hilton's corporate responsibility director, Daniella Foster, talks about the hospitality giant's growing focus on purchasing more from local businesses.

What's new at GreenBiz?

News, events, webcasts — the list goes on. Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest in sustainability by keeping up with GreenBiz.

• Couldn't join us in Honolulu last week at VERGE Hawaii? Watch any or all of our mainstage sessions — featuring high-profile speakers such as Hawaii Gov. David Ige and Hawaiian Airlines CEO Peter Ingram — by registering for the virtual event.

• Check out Center Stage, which features the best of live interviews on sustainable business and clean technology, conducted on stage at GreenBiz and VERGE conferences.

• The GreenBiz Intelligence Panel is the survey body we poll regularly throughout the year on key trends and developments in sustainability. To become part of the panel, click here. Enrolling is free and should take two minutes.

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