October 11, 2002
The State Department of Health in partnership with the State
Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism and the Chamber
of Commerce of Hawaii will present the "First Annual Green Business
Awards" on October 15, 2002 at 10:45 am in the Governor’s
The Green Business Awards Program is a partnership between the
Departments of Health and Business, Economic Development, and Tourism,
and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. These agencies have worked
together to assist and recognize businesses that operate in an
environmentally responsible way. The program helps businesses comply
with environmental regulations, to go beyond compliance to conserve
energy, water and other resources, and to reduce pollution and waste.
This program provides valuable opportunities for industry members to
share information on practices that have been implemented which save
money and resources.
The program focuses on the hotel industry as the first business
sector, due to the cumulative impact of the visitor industry on the
environment. This year’s recipients are the Kahala Mandarin
Oriental, Hilton Hawaiian Village, and the Mauna Lani Resort. The
hotels were selected based on criteria, which included: participation
in quarterly meetings; attending forums and workshops; a self-audit
checklist evaluating their environmental practices ranging from
pollution prevention to water and energy conservation; and sharing
their information with other industry participants.
Participation was open to all hotels and resorts. Other program
participants include the Honolulu, Board of Water Supply, Hawaiian
Electric Company, the City and County of Honolulu’s Recycling
Office, and the Hawaii Hotel Association.
For more information contact Marlyn Aguilar at 586-4226.
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