Hawai‘i Gov. Green touts successes to United Nations despite missing most state targets – The Garden Island Jackson Healy The Garden Island

LIHU‘E — Hawai‘i Gov. Josh Green spoke at the United Nations headquarters this week to highlight the state’s successes in environmental and housing goals. The newly released report he referenced, however, tells a far bleaker story.

Green served as a keynote speaker on Wednesday at the U.N.’s sixth Local and Regional Governments Forum to present Hawai‘i’s second Voluntary Local Review, a voluntary analysis of the state’s progress toward a series of U.N.-established objectives, including eliminating poverty and hunger, providing quality education and initiating significant climate action by 2030.

Early in his presentation, Green touted Hawai‘i’s environmental successes — the review shows the state is on track to meet both a 70 percent renewable energy portfolio and electricity savings of 4,300 by the end of the decade.

The 2023 Hawai‘i Voluntary Local Review can be read at alohachallenge.hawaii.gov/documents/5558742d45774f50914a86fd00572cfc/explore

Jackson Healy, reporter, can be reached at 808-647-4966 or jhealy@thegardenisland.com.

Jackson Healy The Garden Island

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