The State of Hawaii is presenting a bold energy efficiency plan at the Clinton Global Initiative America meeting this week in Chicago.

In its second quarter 2013 economic report, DBEDT predicts continued positive economic growth in 2013, outpacing the national growth rate. DBEDT also expects to see continued positive growth in 2014.

Four hotels, two restaurants, a fire station and a bike shop are among the 14 honorees of the state's 2013 Hawaii Green Business Awards. Presented by Gov. Neil Abercrombie and hosted by DBEDT, Dept. of Health and the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the annual awards ceremony recognizes achievements by Hawaii businesses and entities in the area of energy efficiency.

The Hawaii State Office of Planning's Coastal Zone Management Program is seeking proposals from the general public, community groups, and research and educational communities for an estuarine research reserve site in the state.

The State of Hawaii has announced the opportunity for investment grade energy audits for Hawaii agricultural producers and rural small businesses interested in energy efficient practices.