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April 23, 2003




          Representatives of the City, State and Federal governments signed an intergovernmental memorandum of understanding today (April 23) that will enhance efforts by Honolulu to make itself a model of sustainability.

          The agreement will assist the City in promoting and incorporating a clean energy strategy and other sustainability technologies into city initiatives and development projects.  The partnership includes the City and County of Honolulu, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the State Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT).

          “This coordination with the State and Federal governments will enable us to better protect our environment and improve the quality of life for ourselves and our children,”  the Mayor said.  “Honolulu can be the showcase for technologies, policies and resources that can provide solutions to current and future energy challenges.”

          The Mayor has appointed Steve Holmes, President of Rebuild Hawaii, a local U.S. DOE program, as the City’s sustainability coordinator.  He is overseeing projects involving energy efficiency upgrades, building code updates, green purchasing, solar water loans, water conservation, and the use of biogas, biofuels, photovoltaics and hydropower.

           Mayor Harris has established a goal of cutting energy demand at City facilities in half by 2010.  This would help the City relay less on imported oil and serve as an international model for sustainability.

           Also attending today’s signing at City Hall were Kathy Pierce, U.S. DOE Seattle Regional Office Director,  DBEDT Director Theodore E. Liu and DBEDT Energy Administrator Maurice Kaya.




Wednesday, April 23, 2003

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