EWC Receives Second Green Business Award

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HONOLULU (July 21, 2015) -- The East-West Center has received a second Green Business Award from the state of Hawai‘i, which recognizes organizations for outstanding effort in improving their environmental footprint. In 2011, the Center became the first educational institution to receive the award.

Several members of the Center’s facilities staff were on hand to accept the award from Gov. David Ige during a July 17 ceremony for this year’s 24 award recipients. Also present were several student leaders of the East-West Center Participants Association, which won a separate award in the Events category for reducing waste at the EWCPA’s annual “Concert on the Lawn” event, and modeling how sustainability can be implemented for an international audience.

The Center was commended for reducing energy consumption by 26 percent over the last seven years, largely thanks to a rooftop photovoltaic system that has generated more than a million kilowatt hours of electricity since it was activated in early 2012. Also cited were the installation of solar hot water systems in EWC dormitories; increased lighting efficiencies; a green cleaning program; and the installation of a smart landscaping irrigation system that manages water usage based on real-time weather conditions.

The Hawai‘i Green Business Program assists and recognizes businesses that strive to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. A partnership between Hawai‘i’s Department of Health; Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i, the program highlights businesses that are dedicated to creating a sustainable Hawai‘i.