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 and adapting to the effects of climate change
    • Supporting the work of the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency and the Honolulu Climate Change Commission
  • Energy 
    • Encouraging the transition from imported fossil fuels to renewable energy sources
    • Supporting clean ground transportation initiatives such as the adoption of electric buses, electric vehicles, and bicycles
    • Closing the AES coal plant on O‘ahu to make Hawai‘i the first State to decommission coal, and “coal free by 2023”
    • Exploring the option for a publicly-owned utility model, such as an electric cooperative or municipal utility
  • 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
  • Waste
    • Encouraging the City and County of Honolulu to prioritize source reduction and zero waste goals
    • Supporting on-island recycling and composting efforts
    • Eliminating single-use plastics
  • Outings
    • Engaging O‘ahu’s residents and visitors in hands-on conservation work via weekly hikes and service projects across the island

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