Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
Next Steps: Recommendations for Action
Focus on priority actions
The Hawai‘i 2050 planning process unveiled nine (9) priority actions that need to be addressed immediately. These action items were identified through an extensive community engagement process, and are needed to kick-start Hawai‘i’s sustainability process. Take action on those items, and we’re on our way towards a sustainable future.
Establish a Sustainability Council
The Task Force recommends that an implementing entity – the Sustainability Council – be established to implement Hawai‘i 2050. This is critical to the success of this plan. This non-regulatory government body would be in charge of coordinating, marketing and implementing Hawai‘i 2050 initiatives and recommendations. Similar in concept to the State’s Council on Revenues, it would help to promote sustainability, determine intermediate and long-term benchmarks, measure success, coordinate cross sector efforts and dialogue, and report to government and private sector leaders on progress.
Develop Sustainability Indicators
Hawai‘i 2050 indicators would be an annual aggregation of the data that will tell us how we are doing. While our state measures its economic position mostly by tax revenues, building permits and visitor arrivals, Hawai‘i 2050 indicators will be the primary measure of the overall progress of our society. There are fifty-five recommended indicators to measure Hawai‘i’s overall economic, environmental, community and cultural characteristics.
Report on progress
We need to be held accountable to these goals and objectives, so we recommend an annual report card be produced by the Sustainability Council and presented to government and other leaders.
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