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Committee Corner: SustAINAbility Committee Tackles Styrofoam; Shares Passion to be Sustainable

Posted in September 2017

Elizabeth Elkjer, director of marketing for Sustainable Island Products, knows it pays to be green. As Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce SustAINAbility committee chair, Elkjer keeps it simple delving on issues concerning West Hawai‘i and sharing what the committee is tackling.

What do you like about your involvement in the Sustainability Committee?
As a committee, we have a diverse group of people that all share a common interest and goal of creating a sustainable community.  We may have different passions within the larger picture of what sustainability is, but we all believe a community that is environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable is a thriving community. We work together to find ways to encourage our community to continue on the path of sustainability. 

Why is the Kuleana Green Business Program important?
It’s important for a number of reasons. First, it is a designation that is unique to our Chamber, as is the Sustainability Committee. Second, it can be used by businesses either as a "Sustainability Report Card" to see where they stand as a business in regards to sustainability. And lastly, the designation lets customers know they are a sustainable business. 

What is the committee currently working on and why is it important?
We are currently planning a Green Business Fair for next year. We also are working on drawing support for a number of environmental initiatives, such as wastewater, coral reef protections and the polystyrene ban. All of these things promote and encourage sustainability within our community, now and into the future.

The SustAINAbility Committee is developing the polystyrene initiative and encourages KKCC members to attend the County Council meeting about Bill 13 starting at 9 a.m., Monday, Sept. 7 at the West Hawaii Civic Center, Bldg. A. For more info, click here.

Interested in joining the SustAINability Committee? It meets 1 p.m. every first Thursday at the Chamber office. Email Wendy for more details,

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  • Posted in: September 2017