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Hawaiian Electric’s Project Footprint provides incentive for living sustainably

Inspiring others to contribute to a more sustainable world

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Hawaiian Electric is committed to being good stewards of the environment. To inspire Hawaii residents to contribute to a more sustainable world and to help reach the state’s goal of 100 percent clean energy by 2045, it’s launching a new initiative called Project Footprint. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is with Ka’iulani de Silva and Kanani Imai with Hawaiian Electric to learn more about it.

Through Project Footprint, taking steps to live a more sustainable life can range from big to small. Opting for paperless billing or automatic bill payment is a great way to start! Bigger steps could mean investing in private rooftop solar or driving an electric vehicle. For taking these carbon-reducing actions, customers get rewards that double as tools to help them continue their efforts toward a more sustainable lifestyle.

If a customer signs up for paperless billing or automatic bill payment, they can get a stainless steel Project Footprint water bottle or a shirt made of 100 percent recycled materials. If a customer installs rooftop solar on their home, they can get a solar-powered charger with flashlight, which is perfect for camping. Furthermore, if a customer buys or leases an EV, they will get $50 of free EV charging at participating charging stations.

If a customer has already taken one of these steps toward a more sustainable lifestyle, they can simply go to the Project Footprint website and join Project Footprint. All you need to enter is your name and email and you’ll get a re-usable Project Footprint shopping bag along with a solar-powered flashlight and seeds to plant basil.

“In order to reach our 100 percent clean energy goals, we’ll need to work together. We can all do our part,” Imai says. “On the Project Footprint site, we also highlight some wonderful community organizations who promote environmental sustainability, such as Nature Conservancy, Malama Learning Center, Kupu, Trust for Public Land and Hawaiian Islands Land Trust. And we encourage customers to help in some way.”

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