Working Groups

Working Groups

As a statewide cross-sector network and trust-based forum, Hawai’i Green Growth members jointly set priorities for collaborative action to advance the Aloha+ Challenge. Hawai’i Green Growth convenes three Working Groups to advance the network’s 2018-2020 strategy:

Policy and Legislation Working Group

 

The Policy & Legislation Working Group supports coordination on public-private policy priorities across economic, social, and environmental sectors to implement the Aloha+ SDGs. The Group engages in policy setting and coordination at the state, county, and federal levels.

Pono Shim
Pono Shim

President & CEO
O‘ahu Economic Development Board

Dr. Regina Ostergaard-Klem
Dr. Regina Ostergaard-Klem

Associate Professor
Hawai’i Pacific University

Local Global Next Generation Working Group

 

The Local-Global Working Group focuses on building pathways to cultivate next generation local and global leadership on sustainability solutions grounded in mālama ‘āina. In 2020, the Working Group is focusing on sharing scalable island solutions globally and building Hawai‘i’s profile as an international leader on sustainability solutions grounded in systems-thinking and traditional knowledge; integrating sustainability across the education system and curriculum to support lifelong learning through Hawai‘i’s aloha ‘āina approach reflected in the Aloha+ Challenge and global SDG frameworks; and build local-global next generation educational, policy and leadership pathways for Hawai‘i’s keiki and across generations.

Kā‘eo Duarte
Kā‘eo Duarte

Vice President of Community Engagement and Resources
Kamehameha Schools

Amanda Ellis
Amanda Ellis

Executive Director
Hawai’i & Asia Pacific ASU Julie Ann Wrigley
Global Institute of Sustainability

Dashboard & Measures Working Group

 

The Measures Working Group led a multi-year stakeholder-driven process to develop the Aloha+ Dashboard and identify statewide indicators to track progress, provide accountability and ensure transparency on Hawai‘i’s economic, social, and environmental priorities. The Working Group continues to update metrics with public and private stakeholders, and is developing innovative mechanisms for both community-driven data and policy tools for decision-makers.

Todd Nacapuy
Todd Nacapuy

Chief Information Officer and Vice President
HEMIC

Vassilis Syrmos
Vassilis Syrmos

Vice President for Research and Innovation
University of Hawai’i

Virtual Working Groups

The Hawai‘i Green Growth network will host a series of virtual convenings focused on Hawai‘i COVID-19  recovery, resilience, and sustainability through the working groups and forums available to all members.

April 15th, 2020: Local-Global Next Gen Working Group

Presentation Highlights

This session will discuss near-term opportunities to support and activate youth with Virtual Volunteer Week, as well as broader leadership pathways on COVID-19 recovery and the Decade of Action through the Aloha+ SDGs.

Welcome
Celeste Connors, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Green Growth

Speakers  

  • Aloha+ SDGs in the Global Context: Amanda Ellis, Executive Director, Hawai’i & Asia Pacific, ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability; former New Zealand Head of Mission and Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva; and HGG Local-Global Next Gen Working Group Co-Chair
  •  ‘Āina Based Approaches and Community Well-Being: Kā’eo Duarte, Vice President of Community Engagement and Resources, Kamehameha Schools and HGG Local-Global Next Gen Working Group Co-Chair.
  • Possibilities through Education & Innovation: Miki Tomita, Founder & CEO, Education Incubator
  • Virtual Volunteer Week: Stephanie Albana & Ariana Caruso with Hawai’i Green Growth team; Molly Mamaril, Community Engagement Lead, Blue Zones Project

Network Discussion
How can we engage youth in taking a leading role in Hawai‘i’s recovery from COVID-19? What are youth leadership pathways through the Aloha+ SDGs?

April 7th, 2020: Policy & Legislation Working Group

Presentation Highlights

Discussion will include network member updates on COVID-19 responses, needs, and policy updates, as well as opportunities to advance the sustainability agenda to support recovery and mitigate future disruptions, including climate change.

Welcome
Celeste Connors, Executive Director, Hawai‘i Green Growth

Federal Policy — Guest Speakers: Senator Schatz Office
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Implications for Hawai‘i

Speakers  

  • COVID-19: Respond with Aloha, Keone Kealoha, Executive Director, Kanu Hawai‘i
  • Aloha Response, Pono Shim, President & CEO, O‘ahu Economic Development Board and HGG Policy Working Group Co-Chair
  • Green Growth & Sustainability Strategies and Policy Survey update, Dr. Regina Ostergaard Klem, Associate Professor, Hawai‘i Pacific University and HGG Policy Working Group Co-Chair

Network Discussion
Member COVID-19 Needs, Response and Policy Updates
Near and Long-term Economic Recovery, Resilience and Sustainability

The Policy & Legislation Working Group hosted a COVID-19 Virtual Session yesterday to discuss response resources and recovery next steps through a sustainability lens across social, economic, and environmental sectors. The Office of U.S. Senator Schatz presented on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and estimated $4 billion in federal funding and assistance for Hawai‘i, and Working Group Co-Chairs discussed recovery through an Aloha Response and Hawai‘i’s existing sustainability and green growth frameworks.

Members presented on response efforts, including the COVID-19: Respond with Aloha virtual volunteer platform to safely support community needs, Student Virtual Volunteer Week (April 19-25) and the House Select Committee on COVID-19 Economic and Financial Preparedness working list of Shovel Ready Capital Improvement Projects (CIP).

Members discussed COVID-19 responses, updates, and opportunities to utilize the Aloha+ Challenge, Hawai‘i’s local framework to deliver against the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, to inform near and long-term recovery that supports investment in a green growth economy, jobs, and infrastructure to accelerate the sustainability agenda and mitigate future disruptions, including climate change.