Summit participants craft policy priorities for 2023 aimed at making Hawaiʻi thrive – Kauai Now

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The participants of a summit on the Big Island that included leaders from several sectors throughout the state aimed at sustainability have crafted a list of priorities that will help build a collective vision, share kuleana and take action to make Hawaiʻi a thriving place for all.
The 2022 Hawaiʻi Sustainability Summit brought together business, nonprofit, community and government leaders for a three-day, action-oriented event, building on the broad ideas and inspiring plans from the first Sustainability Summit in 2021. The event was designed with a clear vision and a specific goal: “Building Partnerships for Policy.”
The summit aimed to break down silos and drive shared priority agreements that can catalyze sweeping policy shifts for all of the islands, according to Hawaiʻi County Mayor Mitch Roth’s message on the summit website.
“It is on the backs of our collective advocacy efforts that we truly begin a path for a sustainable island home,” Roth’s message on the website says. “The time to act is now — for our keiki and theirs.”
Specific priorities were identified in each of the six issue areas aligned with the Aloha+ Challenge goals. Those priorities include:
Summit participants will continue to work together to advocate for meaningful policy change. A full report based on the insights and decisions made during the 2022 Hawaiʻi Sustainability Summit will be published in January 2023, along with the launch of a legislative dashboard maintained by Hawaiʻi Green Growth, in concert with the Aloha+ Challenge, to be launched the same month.
To learn more about the summit, click here. You can find summit photos, recorded panel presentations, a video recap and a summary of the policy priorities identified.

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