Hawai‘i’s total conservation funding gap has been estimated as high as $360 million annually, constituting a major unfunded liability that poses a significant risk to our communities, our business climate, and our overall economic resiliency. The Green Passport offers a financing solution for necessary conservation efforts.
The COVID-19 pandemic has also revealed the critical need to diversify our economy to withstand future shocks, rebuild a more sustainable tourism sector, and put people back to work in resilient careers.
Should the forecast of five million visitors to Hawaiʻi come to fruition, a $40 per visitor green fee could generate approximately $200 million in conservation workforce revenue, which could fund an estimated 2,400 public and private green jobs.
New policies are needed in order to fund these efforts. Below is a March 2021 update from the Green Passport team:
As of March 14, 2021, two bills related to visitor green fees have successfully survived thus far and crossed over.
- SB666 (SD2): Establishes a visitor green fee and contributes it to a conservation workforce special fund
- HB433 (HD1): Rental car fee assessed on gas-powered vehicles, with the goal to transition to a predominantly electric fleet by 2035
All of the proposals share the common vision of creating revenue streams between visitors and the ecosystems they impact. While there is significant buy-in from legislative leadership, the advancement of these bills will require active engagement and support from the community.
To read the full Green Passport report from October 2019, click the link below.
Hawai‘i Energy has announced a last call to apply for current rebate offerings designed to help restaurants and small businesses impacted by COVID-19. The two programs are the Energy Advantage free LED lighting retrofit offer for small businesses and restaurants and doubled rebates for commercial kitchen equipment.