Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) released the following statement today in recognition of Earth Day, which is this Sunday, April 22:
"There's much to celebrate on this Earth Day as we recognize the robust efforts in our island state to protect Hawaii's environment while working toward fuel and food sustainability.
"Hawaii continues to show great leadership when it comes to promoting renewable energy and creating green jobs. Our hotels and resorts are installing solar photovoltaic panels for energy, while recycling the water used in their air conditioning systems. Our military partners continue to push toward their goals of having Hawaii's installations becoming more energy self-sufficient. In my district, Pahoa Elementary and Intermediate School and Hawaii Preparatory Academy have earned prestigious Green Ribbon School nominations for their work in meeting LEED Gold Standards as well as taking the lead in conservation and recycling efforts on campus.
"The work continues in Washington, DC, where I've introduced legislation that would support partnerships between community colleges and businesses to help train people for jobs in Hawaii's growing green sector. It would enhance the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs in high schools and community colleges.
"On this Earth Day, we can appreciate the work being done in the spirit of laulima -- all of us coming together to protect our water, air, and 'āina."