Conservation Issues

The Sierra Club O‘ahu Group’s priority issues include:

  • Climate Change
    • Encouraging the City and County of Honolulu to focus on mitigating the effects of climate change, including successfully lobbying for a 2016 Charter Amendment that created an Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency
  • Energy 
    • Encouraging the transition from imported fossil fuels to renewable energy sources
    • Closing the AES coal plant on O‘ahu to make Hawai‘i the first State to decommission coal, and “coal free by 2023”
    • Supporting SB2155 and HB1511, which encourages the divestment from fossil fuels for the Employee’s Retirement System 
    • Exploring the option for a publicly-owned utility model, such as an electric cooperative or municipal utility
    • Supporting a pilot project for Electric buses on O‘ahu
  • Development 
    • Concentrating new development within the urban growth boundary
    • Ensuring future development is transit-oriented, with a focus on “complete streets” and affordable housing
    • Limiting the growth of Gentlemen Farms
  • Food and Water Security
    • Encouraging agricultural lands be used for local food production
    • Decommissioning the Red Hill fuel storage tanks, which threatens O‘ahu’s principal aquifer
    • Implementing “purple pipe” infrastructure to reuse non-potable, grey water
    • Supporting the Board of Water Supply’s independence
  • Waste
    • Encouraging the City and County of Honolulu to adopt a zero landfill policy
    • Closing the loophole in the Plastic Bag Ban and supporting a Styrofoam Ban

We also work on several Sierra Club of Hawai‘i Chapter issues. Please read our Chapter Policies for more information.