Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan
What the Council would and would not do
An overwhelming majority of those we asked, surveyed and polled recognize the need for creating an implementing entity. Some, however, are skeptical of the need for another government agency to oversee and coordinate the State’s sustainability efforts. We agree that the establishment of a new government entity should be done deliberately, skeptically and with precision. That is why we recommend that the Sustainability Council be small in its operational budget, and not regulatory in function. It should not replace the Office of Environmental Quality Control, Land Use Commission, Public Utilities Commission, county planning commissions, the State Office of Planning, or the Department of Land & Natural Resources. It would be similar in size and scope to the State’s Council on Revenues, which annually predicts tax revenues, and is a highly credible entity that impacts both public and private action.
It was also suggested that implementing Hawai‘i 2050 be administered by a nonprofit or private entity. It would be difficult for a nongovernmental entity to oversee the coordination, management and benchmarking of an official government plan and activity, particularly where many of the initiatives required government action and policy changes. The proposed Sustainability Council will make sure that the strategic actions in Hawai‘i 2050 are pursued, that the indicators are paid attention to, and that the effort towards a sustainable 2050 and our preferred future keeps its momentum.
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