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June 28, 2004





            “Sustainable Honolulu,” a plan established by Mayor Jeremy Harris to address the challenges of island urbanization on the 21st Century, has won a U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 2004 City Livability Award for Outstanding Achievement.


            The judging panel called the Sustainable Honolulu plan an “outstanding example of environmental leadership on the part of Mayor Harris.” They also recognized Honolulu’s sustainability efforts to protect its tourism base.


            “Sustainable Honolulu” is a comprehensive system of City programs and partnerships designed to ensure that future generations will enjoy a quality of life characterized by environmental beauty and resource abundance. The plan focuses on five areas critical to the future of the city: economic development, land use, transportation, natural resources and energy.


Honolulu was recognized for dramatically increasing the energy efficiency of City facilities, leveraging the potential of renewable energy sources and expanding the use of distributed energy systems that allow local government operations to be energy self-sufficient.


            Mayor Harris has taken the message of sustainability out to the broader community over the past several years by hosting a series of workshops. He has also brought to Honolulu many nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field to build a common vision and has reached out to leaders of cities throughout the Asia-Pacific region to promote awareness of a more sustainable world.


The other large cities honored for outstanding livability programs at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Boston were Baltimore, San Jose, St. Louis, Anchorage, Boston, Cincinnati, Portland, Santa Barbara and Shreveport.






Monday, June 28, 2004

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