Natural Resources and Environmental Resources grad student Blaire Langston (second from right) was among the honorees at the Hawai‘i Green Business Program (HGBP) awards ceremony, where the Hawai‘i State Energy Office) recognized 26 businesses, organizations and events during for undertaking energy efficiency and sustainable business practices that will help their bottom line while advancing Hawaii’s clean energy goals.
As a UH sustainability fellow, Blaire helped to organize the university’s 5th Annual Sustainability Summit, which was recognized at the awards ceremony as a green event. The summit created an opportunity for delegates from all 10 UH campuses to gather and celebrate successes, learn from each other, and advance progress on strategic sustainability efforts. The event strove to achieve zero waste and minimize its environmental impact by locally sourcing more than 90 percent of its food, distributing reusable bamboo sporks (provided by Kokua Hawai‘i Foundation) to eliminate single-use utensils, composting food waste, livestreaming sessions to minimize travel-related emissions, and much more.
HGBP assists and recognizes organizations that are committed to going green by implementing energy and resource efficiency practices and operating in an environmentally, culturally, and socially responsible manner. Check out the UH News story on the awards.