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Starting Young: Why it's Important to Teach Energy Efficiency in our Schools

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Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Hawai’i Energy

As the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Hawai’i Energy, I'm responsible for generating brand awareness for the program and coordinating outreach opportunities. I assist our team in...

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With Hawai‘i’s aggressive goal of reaching 100% clean energy by 2045, it’s even more important to explore all avenues of saving energy. One school in particular has taken a proactive stance by allowing its students to play a real-world role in lowering their schools’ energy usage. In our most recent episode of our monthly show, Hawaii: Energized!, we visited Hanalani Schools in Mililani, O‘ahu to meet with these students and their Head of Schools, to ask them about energy efficiency and how it plays a role in the present day as well as our future.

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Ultimately, we can talk about how energy efficiency will lead to making a better future for all, but it's also important to recognize that what we do in our everyday lives will have direct implications down the road. Incorporating energy efficiency into school curriculum helps prepare a stronger EE workforce for the future, as well as opens the door for them to become energy leaders in the hear and now. Kids are the future, but there’s no time like the present to get a head start.

Hawai‘i Energy helps island families and businesses make smart energy choices. Hawai‘i Energy encourages and rewards energy decisions that will allow our state to reach 100% clean energy faster and cheaper. To date, we have saved the people of Hawai‘i more than a billion dollars off their energy bills. For more information, please visit

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