Green Jobs/Economy

E lawe i ke a’o a mālama a e `oi mau ka na`auao
(Take what you have learned and apply it and your wisdom will increase)
Mary Pukui, 1983, excerpt from
Ka Puke Ōlelo Noʻeau
(The Hawaiian Proverb Book)
Apply what you’ve learned, create jobs that will sustain our communities and natural resources, and perpetuate these practices for a more sustainable future.


Green jobs are the #1 solution to achieve Hawaii’s sustainability goals – from transitioning to 100% renewable energy to creating local food security to increasing our biodiversity to protecting our oceans and coral reefs.  Building a green workforce is key to our success. Why is a green economy important? Watch this video: What is the Green Economy? Many green jobs already exist and are a great way to make a living, and help our planet at the same time. Jobs varying from sustainable agriculture to energy production are becoming more popular. Hawaii Island has green start-ups from all over the world. They need a green workforce. Also The Nature Conservancy and Blue Planet Foundation. Check out Green List Hawaii for learning opportunities with environmental organizations, community groups and events throughout Hawaii. Learn about the working world with a Hawaii Farmers Union United mentorship, or get a paid internship with University of Hawaii at Hilo’s Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Sciences. Imagine if each one of us had a green job. Let's continue this upwards trending cycle of green job creation to ensure our sustainability and for future generations. Hawaii could be a model for the world.

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