Sustainability

Geothermal is a Red-Hot Topic

Some things are almost impossible to oppose: Mom, apple pie and renewable energy. After all, renewable energy promises independence from world oil prices, fewer greenhouse gases and, possibly, lower prices. For many people in Hawaii, geothermal perfectly fulfills that promise…

Sustainable Hawaii Businesses

The pace at which sustainability has been adopted as a sound business imperative is impressive. A few years ago, most companies would have put it in a silo, where a small portion of profits would be dedicated to “greening” along…

Military Drives Alternative Energy in Hawaii

The Pentagon is investing billions in alternative energy and conservation, and that’s good news for local companies it’s good news for hawaii’s economy and local aspirations when the state’s goals align with the American military’s goals. That’s because the U.S.…

Green Machines and Smiles

Owner David Jung aims to distinguish his new taxi company from competitors with two things: sustainability and good service. The company is called EcoCab and all of its vehicles are Hyundai Sonata hybrids, which the EPA rates at 35 mpg…

Hawaii Beef Comes Home

Call it Hawaii’s most unusual export. For years, the vast majority of calves born in Hawaii have been sent to feed lots on the mainland, where they matured, and then were slaughtered and shipped to grocery stores and restaurants around…

Ask SmallBiz: Grid Saturation

Q: I’d like to put in a solar-electric system to reduce my business’ energy costs, but I’m concerned about grid saturation. How does it affect me? A: Distributed solar power energy in Hawaii has reached levels unprecedented elsewhere in the United States.…

Gauging Green on the Valley Isle

A survey of Maui businesses found that 94 percent said they had saved money by adopting sustainable practices. The survey of 124 Valley Isle businesses was conducted between December 2011 and February 2012 byCreative Conflict Solutions for two departments at the University…

Electric Car Range Anxiety

Margaret Larson has felt “range anxiety.” If you buy an electric vehicle in the near future, you will feel it, too. Larson is the electric vehicle specialist for the state Energy Office and was driving the state’s Nissan Leaf electric car back…

Sustainable Caviars

There’s nothing more impressive than ordering the most expensive item on the menu at a posh restaurant – and doing it without bungling the name of the dish. Chef Mavro restaurant in Moiliili makes the pronunciation easy with its Trio…