New laws strengthen sustainability | Hawaii Tribune-Herald
Governor David Ige signed seven bills on Friday afternoon that he said aimed to meet the goals set out in the state’s 2050 sustainable development plan.
Ige praised the state legislature for passing the bill, saying, “Ultimately, we have a collective commitment to achieving the statewide sustainability and climate goals of Hawaii “.
Three of the measures signed at Washington Place, the governor’s residence in Honolulu, were related to agriculture.
“We have set ourselves the goal of doubling food production,” said Ige. “… If we can create a market for our local farmers, they will fill it,” he said.
Senate Bill 512 removes a daily cap of $ 10 on dollar-for-dollar correspondence for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program under the DA BUX Double Up Food program for purchases of produce grown in Hawaii and what the measurement calls “healthy protein”.
The legislation aims to make fresh produce more readily available to SNAP participants to help fight obesity and chronic disease, and to give an economic boost to farmers, many of whom have been financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic. .
“We know that when (local families) buy products locally, they create jobs locally,” Ige said.
House Bill 817 mandates incremental increases in locally produced food items purchased by state agencies, resulting in the requirement that 50% of food purchased by the state be produced locally by 2050.
“This is not a short-term bill. This is not a bill of tomorrow. This is a generational bill, ”said Rep. Scott Matayoshi, a Democrat from Oahu to the wind who introduced the bill. “This is a 30 year bill to put our agricultural industry back in a position to fight – where it needs to be to be another pillar of our economy.”
Ige said the bill “sends a clear signal to the market that the state is serious about leading by example.”
“We intend to buy local, as we hope to encourage everyone to buy local,” he said.
And Senate Bill 767 requires that by 2030, 30% of the food served in public school meals be produced locally.
Representative Ty Cullen, a Democrat downwind from Oahu who introduced the bill, said the law “will get more local produce … into our schools to provide healthier food options … for future generations.”
“This bill is not just about feeding our keiki foods healthier … this bill is really about making Hawaii safer (and) building our food system to be resilient and sustainable,” he said. he declares.
Two other signed measures target climate change and the threat posed by rising sea levels as global warming intensifies.
Representative David Tarnas, a Democrat from Kohala, introduced Bill 243. It requires the Planning Bureau and other state agencies to identify critical infrastructure vulnerable to sea level rise, assess mitigation options and submit annual progress reports to the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission.
“Climate change poses an immediate and long-term threat to our state’s economy, sustainability, security and our way of life – and it is one of the most difficult issues we face,” Tarnas said. “… We must be prepared to protect these public assets, and this is urgent.
Senate Bill 474 requires sellers in real estate transactions to disclose whether the residential properties sold are in an area of exposure to sea level rise.
“This means the buyer is aware and will consider whether this risk is acceptable when purchasing the property,” Tarnas said. “It’s all about disclosure. It’s about the seller and the buyer and making sure we’re all on the same page, that everyone approaches this with their eyes wide open – so there are no surprises when storms arise and sweep away part of the coastline owner thought it was here forever.
House Bill 683, introduced by Representative Mark Nakashima, a Democrat from Hamakua, establishes a sustainable aviation fuel program to provide matching grants to small Hawaiian businesses developing biofuels for aviation.
“Almost a third of the energy consumed in our state comes from jet fuel,” Nakashima said. “It is one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions. The availability of cleaner aviation fuel will be a step towards reducing global warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions, and potentially create a new manufacturing opportunity within the state.
“Every airline flying to Hawaii today is committed to doing what it can to reduce its impact on greenhouse gases,” Ige added. “They don’t have a lot of options today, but they are ready and able to make significant investments in getting clean, renewable aviation fuel. “
Bill 1176 allocates $ 5 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to create what the legislation calls a “Youth Corps for Green Jobs Program” for adults aged 20 to 40, to provide internships remunerated in “the management of natural resources, agriculture, conservation, renewable energies or other professions of sustainable development.
“We have neglected to invest in our human capital, our local people,” said the bill’s author, Representative Sean Quinlan, a Democrat from the North Coast, citing this as a factor in the failure of Hawaii to diversify its economy. “And that’s what this green jobs body bill aims to change.”
“We are going to train locals in the green jobs of tomorrow.
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