Enhancing Kauai’s Sustainability


Kauai’s small size of just 554 square miles, remoteness from the U.S. mainland, and threatened and endangered species and ecosystems makes us recognize the vulnerability of the island. Some of our resources and ecosystems are at risk. However, with a population of about 67,100, we are small enough that it is possible to initiate new ideas and foster change if we can generate broad community support. Over the past decade, exploration of what sustainability means has begun and there are some early adopters who are experimenting with how to become more sustainable on a personal, business, community and island-wide level.

In collaboration with groups involved in sustainability activities, partners will assess Kauai’s sustainability and promote action for resiliency and self-sufficiency in the following areas:

  1. Strengthen our agriculture sector to ensure Kauai’s food security
  2. Protect the availability, quality and quantity of ground and surface water
  3. Identify and advocate for strategies and tools to manage growth to align with the General Plan and other plans that impact Kauai
  4. Reduce solid waste through the 3 R’s of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.