TEDxHonolulu Earns Green Event Certification

The Hawai‘i Green Business Program (HGBP) recognizes businesses and events that strive to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

GREENawardTEAMpicIn July of 2014, TEDxHonolulu was one of 13 businesses and nine events honored by the state for their outstanding and innovative clean energy efforts at the 2014 Hawai‘i Green Business Awards. The awards were presented by Lt. Gov. Shan Tsutsui and hosted by the Hawai‘i State Energy Office of the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), Department of Health and The Chamber of Commerce of Hawai‘i. The annual awards program recognizes achievements by Hawai‘i businesses and entities in the area of energy efficiency.

The Hawai‘i Green Business Program (HGBP) was launched in 2002 and assists and recognizes businesses and events that strive to operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.

 In the planning process for the events Disruptive Leadership (August 2013) and Cultivating Community (November 2013), TEDxHonolulu established a Sustainability Team in order to minimize the organization’s footprint.  The team used these events as an opportunity to showcase how to avoid waste, reduce energy consumption, and reduce our overall footprint in a collaborative way that encouraged stewardship among volunteers, attendees, speakers and partners. Through social media outreach, partner agreements and on-site amenities, the Sustainability Team made all attendees, volunteers, presenters and partners aware of how to reduce their impact on resources and materials.

Between the two events, TEDxHonolulu:

• teamed up with the Hawai‘i Bicycling League and KVIBE to offer safe & secure bike valet.

• shared convenient routes of TheBus online.

• promoted EcoCab, Hawai‘i’s all Hybrid taxis, and carpooling w/VIP parking and seating.

• provided eight water refill stations to encourage use of personal cups or water bottles.

• encouraged bringing re-usable take out utensils and promoted local, organic, vegetarian or vegan meals

at restaurants participating in the November event’s lunch voucher program.

• printed the event’s program double-sided on 30% post-consumer recycled paper and offered the program for optional

downloading off the TEDxHonolulu site.

• placed numerous additional recycle bins throughout the venues for both events.