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Issue Position: Sustainability

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Working Towards a More Sustainable Future for Hawaii

Given her commitment to ensuring a more sustainable future for our state, Sen. Tokuda was asked to serve on the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force in December 2006. Since then, she has traveled throughout her district and the state to listen to the ideas and suggestions of thousands of residents who have a vision of what Hawaii should look and feel like in the year 2050.

As part of her work as the 2007 Legislator in Residence at the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Public Policy Center, Jill organized the final community meeting which was held on campus, drawing approximately 100 students, faculty and administrative representatives. This was done to ensure that the views of our youth, the beneficiaries and future implementers of the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan would be heard and incorporated into the final report.

Further building upon this belief that the success of this long-range plan would lie in the hands of our next generation of leaders, Jill worked with Task Force leaders and advocates to establish a youth outreach strategy aimed at directly engaging high school and college students statewide. She also worked closely with task force chair, Sen. Russell Kokubun, to create a Youth Sustainability Fellows program. This fellowship provided college students with an opportunity to work with the task force on the final revisions and implementing steps of the Sustainability Plan.

If you are interested in learning more about the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Task Force go to www.hawaii2050.org.


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