Governor Ige Honors HPU for Energy Innovation

governor ige presenting award to HPU

Governor Ige Honors Hawai‘i Pacific University for Energy Innovations at Aloha Tower

Hawai‘i Pacific University (HPU) was recognized earlier this week by the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office for innovative solutions at Aloha Tower Marketplace, solutions which support energy efficiency and sustainable business practices that advance Hawaiʻi’s clean energy goals.

Said Governor Ige of the honorees, "The recipients of the Hawaiʻi Green Business Program awards have demonstrated that becoming greener and more sustainable not only benefits our environment, it makes good business sense.”

“I am proud of our university’s collective effort to be good stewards of our ‘aina” said President John Gotanda. “The implementation of various programs and initiatives by our exceptional staff, faculty, and students will continue to position HPU as a leader in sustainability.”

 Among its acknowledgements, HPU’s top sustainability accomplishments at Aloha Tower include,

  • Solar panels, which, upon completion, make HPU responsible for the largest photovoltaic installation in downtown Honolulu
  • Improved energy efficiency by installing LED lighting fixtures on the 1st and 2nd floors of Aloha Tower Marketplace, saving an estimated $50,000 per year
  • Implemented the “EPA WaterSense Program.” Virtually all water consuming fixtures are designated as WaterSense compliant

Through HPU’s sustainable development practices, the University reiterates its commitment to the environment, economy, and well-being of the State of Hawai‘i and the planet. The HPU ‘ohana also participated in multiple community service events including pond restoration, invasive species removal, and trash removal in downtown Honolulu.

A summarized listing of HPU’s sustainability efforts can be found here. More information about the Hawaii Green Business Program can be found here.