CIS | Guam Green Growth
Guam Green Growth develops tangible solutions to sustainability challenges and contributes to a green economy for the island region. In September 2019, Governor Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Joshua F. Tenorio promulgated Executive Order 2019-23, creating an 80-member Working Group of government, academia, private sector, non-profit, and youth partners to transition Guam toward a sustainable future. The executive order assigned the facilitation of the Working Group to the University of Guam Center for Island Sustainability.
Guam Green Growth places Guam at the global forefront of leadership in island sustainability. In 2019, Guam joined the Local2030 Islands Network as a founding member during the 74th United Nations General Assembly and Climate Week NYC 2019. Guam is now united with islands around the world in advancing the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through locally-informed and culturally-driven strategies. Islanders are working with islanders to scale innovative, values-based, and resilient sustainability solutions. The network is co-chaired by the Hawai`i Green Growth Local2030 Hub and the Global Island Partnership.
The 80-member G3 Working Group began meeting in January 2020 to create the G3 Action Framework. Since then, the Working Group has expanded to 97 total members. Governor Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Tenorio signed the G3 Action Framework document in September 2020 and adopted the compilation of hundreds of goals, objectives, metrics, action items, action leads, and partnerships submitted by the members. The framework is the most comprehensive plan ever created to achieve a sustainable future for Guam. The signing of the G3 Action Framework in September 2020 commemorated both the one-year anniversary of the Local2030 Islands Network launch and the promulgation of Executive Order 2019-23. Adopting the G3 Action Framework in 2020 also marks the start of the Decade of Action. The United Nations emphasizes that we are in a critical 10-year window to act on the most significant global sustainability challenges before 2030. With the backdrop of COVID-19 affecting economies, food systems, and the survival of our most vulnerable, G3 will aim to be an engine of solutions and innovation to help Guam build back better, fairer, and more resilient. G3 is Guam’s strategy to take local action to achieve global impact.
The G3 Action Framework is focused on five categories of action—1) Healthy and Prosperous Communities; 2) Educated, Capable, and Compassionate Island; 3) Sustainable Homes, Utilities, and Transportation; 4) Thriving Natural Resources; and 5) Sustainable Alliances. Cross-cutting elements are incorporated into all categories—climate action, resilience, public engagement, policy, and the core CHamoru values of respect, cooperation and treating others with kindness, generosity, and dignity.
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Astrategic 10-year sustainability action plan for Guam facilitated by the University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability has been signed and adopted by the governor of Guam. Titled the Guam Green Growth (G3) Action Framework, it’s the most comprehensive action plan ever created to achieve a sustainable future for Guam.
“To preserve Guam for tomorrow, we need to start today,” Gov. Lou Leon Guerrero said. “As we sign the G3 Action Framework, Guam is ready to take our place at the global forefront of island sustainability. This year marks the start of the decade of action, a critical 10-year window to act on the most significant global sustainability challenges before 2030. We are proud to be taking local action to achieve global impact.”
The framework was developed by a G3 Working Group, a group established by Executive Order 2019-23 last September and assigned to the UOG Center for Island Sustainability to facilitate. The working group was comprised of 97 members representing government agencies, academia, nonprofits, businesses, and youth.
Their work resulted in hundreds of goals and objectives focused on five categories:
Cross-cutting elements are incorporated into all categories, including climate action, resilience, public engagement, policy, and the core CHamoru values of respect, cooperation, and treating others with kindness, generosity, and dignity.
“We have the crisis of climate ... but we also have a crisis of public health, an economic crisis, a crisis of democracy, and a crisis of the international order,” said UOG President Thomas W. Krise. “[With G3], we, in this organization and across the Pacific, are able to demonstrate the ability to collaborate effectively together and to positively and optimistically imagine a future better than the one we left behind.”
G3 will advance tangible solutions to sustainability challenges and contribute to a green economy for the island.
“G3 is creating a circular economy makerspace and innovation hub at the Chamorro Village, where entrepreneurs will be able to gather … with tools and equipment to transform waste products into marketable products. In a time of business closures and rising unemployment, G3 will give our people an ownership role in the new green economy and the transition toward a cleaner, more sustainable Guam,” the lieutenant governor said.
The G3 Action Framework will now serve as a living and adaptable document. A G3 Working Group Steering Committee, comprised of the leads of the six action teams and co-chaired by the Office of the Lt. Governor and UOG’s Center for Island Sustainability, will identify priority and high-impact action opportunities and coordinate implementation. The governor will chair biannual meetings. A public G3 Dashboard will also be created to record and track progress over time using the internationally recognized Aloha+ Challenge Dashboard as a model, which Hawaii Gov. David Ige pledged to share with Guam and other islands.
“Through the alignment of local, state, national, and international action, we can align our canoes in the same direction to help each other arrive at a more sustainable, equitable world for all of us,” Ige said.
In commemoration of the one-year anniversary launching the Local2030 Islands Network and the G3 Working Group, the signing coincided with the 75th United Nations General Assembly and Climate Week NYC 2020. To celebrate Guam’s historic action, regional and global partners joined the framework signing event. In addition to the governor and lieutenant governor, Speaker Tina Muña Barnes, Marshall Islands President David Kabua, GLISPA Executive Director Kate Brown, and Hawaii Green Growth Local2030 Hub Executive Director Celeste Connors provided remarks.
“As a fellow champion of climate change efforts, the Republic of the Marshall Islands supports the Guam Green Growth Initiative and is ready to provide assistance,” Kabua said.
Speaker Tina Muña Barnes said the framework represents brothers and sisters across the blue continent taking a stand. “We stand in solidarity with a clear message: Our people, our natural resources, our environment– they matter to us,” she said.
The Guam Green Growth Working Group stands beneath a quote by Chief Hurao – “Satisfied with what our islands furnish us, we desire nothing else” – at the group’s inaugural meeting on Jan. 30 at the Senator Antonio M. Palomo Guam Museum & Educational Facility in Hagåtña.
The University of Guam’s Center for Island Sustainability brought 84 local leaders together on Jan. 30 to kick off the Guam Green Growth (G3) Working Group, a group inspired by CIS and launched by the governor of Guam that will be creating a 10-year action plan for Guam to become more sustainable. CIS Director Austin Shelton is co-chairing the working group, and 15 faculty and administrators from UOG are participating as members as well as one UOG student.
Based on their areas of expertise and influence, the leaders were divided into eight teams that will focus on creating local objectives aligned with the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals – a universal call to action to protect the planet and improve lives of people everywhere by 2030.
“Sustainable development is not only about the environment – it’s about economic welfare, social empowerment, cultural creativity, and ecological health. This is what the 17 SDGs address,” Shelton told the participants.
The goals range from reducing plastics in the oceans, preserving and restoring trees and forests, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions to providing quality education for all, reducing inequalities, and growing jobs and the economy.
UOG President Thomas W. Krise said the University of Guam has a role in addressing each of these, and he said the Micronesian region has thousands of years of indigenous knowledge on sustainable living that it can use to contribute to global solutions.
“We need to be a model, we need to be a laboratory for helping to solve these kinds of issues,” Krise said.
The G3 Working Group is expected to finalize and sign off on its G3 Action Strategy Framework on the last day of the 11th UOG Conference on Island Sustainability, which will take place March 31 to April 3 at the Hyatt Regency Guam.
Guam Gov. Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero and Lt. Gov. Joshua F. Tenorio partnered with the University of Guam and the UOG Center for Island Sustainability to establish the group to meet the Local2030 Islands Network's goal to advance locally driven models that target global challenges.