HGG formed in 2011 to develop innovative and collaborative solutions to pressing sustainability, resilience, and development challenges facing Hawai‘i and the world. The first multi-sector collaboration of its kind, HGG built a diverse public-private network of over 100 partners, launched a high-level statewide sustainability framework with six time-bound goals, built a data-based accountability mechanism, and developed a robust process to facilitate shared action on policy outcomes, cross-sector initiatives and innovative finance.
HGG serves as the backbone organization for the Aloha+ Challenge, and coordinates a broad stakeholder base of both high-level institutional leadership and community partners to accelerate statewide action on Hawai‘i’s 2030 goals. As a network-based public-private partnership, HGG coordinates and convenes diverse stakeholders to:
- Integrate cross-sector sustainability priorities into long-term policy and planning.
- Identify and catalyze public-private actions to advance Hawai‘i’s 2030 goals.
- Support, uplift and amplify partner priorities through a shared statewide framework.
- Build capacity for community action and next generation leadership.
- Provide a platform for knowledge exchange, partnership building, and collaboration through an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust.
As one of the planet’s most isolated populations, the urgent need for action on climate change and a green growth strategy is exemplified more than ever. Like many islands and regions around the world, Hawai‘i is facing extreme biodiversity loss, invasive species threats, pressure on freshwater resources, dependence on energy and food imports, and is increasingly vulnerable to catastrophic natural disasters like hurricanes and floods, which could have devastating long-term economic impacts.
Against the backdrop of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Hawai‘i’s unique approach to sustainability has global relevance. The Aloha+ Challenge has been recognized as a place-based model that can be scaled to support locally appropriate implementation of the 2030 global agenda. As Hōkūle‘a returns from her Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage, HGG envisions building a network of partnerships to promote system-level change locally and globally.