Mayor Kim Gets Honorable Mention at US Conference of Mayors’s Climate Protection Awards

The United States Conference of Mayors 11th anniversary Winners Mayors’ Climate protection awards:

Honorable Mentions (Large City) – Hawai’i Mayor Harry Kim and the Lalamilo Windfarm Project:

Hawai’i Department of Water Supply’s (DWS) Lalamilo Windfarm project officially opened for commercial operations in September 2016, with five turbines generating 3.3 megawatts of electricity with no-export to the grid.
As an island state, the State of Hawai’i has been at the mercy of imported fossil fuel supplies. The Lalamilo Windfarm contributes to the State of Hawai’i’s Clean Energy Initiative’s goal of 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

Among the challenges in developing this project were permitting hurdles, most notably those involving the expected take of endangered bats and sea birds such as petrels.

Lighting was installed at downward facing angles and down-shielded to avoid attraction and disorientation of night-flying seabirds. It also will be less attractive to insects at turbine blade heights which may attract bats.

The turbines are also programmed to cut in and produce energy only when the wind exceeds 5 meters per second and the blades are feathered into the wind when the wind speeds are below 5 meters per second to minimize impact to both bats and birds. Bird flight diverters were also installed to minimize the potential for birds colliding with the overhead electrical transmission lines.
The windfarm is designed to provide a renewable energy source and a stable rate platform for the Department of Water Supply’s pumping equipment for the next 20 years. The CO2 offset for the Lalamilo Windfarm is estimated at 5,000 metric tons of CO2 per year.

At the 2015 groundbreaking for Lalamilo

This is arguably the first time in Hawai’i, and perhaps the nation, that a local government has developed such a wind-powered, water-pumping facility capable of significant greenhouse gas reductions at no cost to the taxpayer.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, in partnership with DWS and the Department of Research and Development, worked out models of the energy output potential for the windfarm site, at no cost to DWS or its customers. In April 2013, the project was awarded to Lalamilo Windfarm Wind
Company LLC, which designed, constructed, owns, and maintains the facility, through a Power Purchase Agreement. Planning, design, and construction were also done at no cost to DWS.

The turbines of the Windfarm are located on 78 acres adjacent to eight DWS water wells in Lalamilo Windfarm, South Kohala, on the site of a previous windfarm built in the mid-1980s. The use of wind energy while reducing our dependence on imported fossil fuels, also ensures a stable source of energy that is expected to reduce energy costs to DWS and its customers over the next
20 years.

Mayor Kenoi in Washington D.C. for the United States Conference of Mayors

Mayor Kenoi is in Washington, D.C. to participate in the 80th winter meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors

The Hawaii Island’s Mayors at last years United States Conference of Mayors

Press Release:

In the midst of the Republican Presidential primaries, more than 250 of the nation’s mayors will convene in Washington, D.C. next week for the 80th Winter Meeting of The U.S. Conference of Mayors at the Capital Hilton Hotel. The mayors will meet with Administration officials to push for a bipartisan agenda that confronts the double-digit unemployment plaguing much of main street America, and challenge Congress to act on job creation, transportation and public safety. The mayors will also express disappointment that Washington is not listening to the needs of the nation’s Metro regions, which have thus far been absent from the presidential debates. Highlighting the session will be the release of an economic report with 2012 employment forecasts, followed by an official address from USCM President Mayor Villaraigosa on The State of America’s Cities, and then a reception at the White House.

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • TUESDAY: U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Louisville (KY) Mayor Greg Fischer
  • WEDNESDAY: HUD Sec. Shaun Donovan, Education Sec. Arne Duncan, Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood, Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Congressman Barney Frank (MA), Congressman Frank Pallone (NJ), Consumer Fin. Protection Bureau Dir. Richard Cordray, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley, Columbus (OH) Mayor Mike Coleman, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, BSG President Joel Benenson
  • THURSDAY: Health and Human Services Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, NYT Columnist Thomas Friedman, Vice Chairman Edelman Steve Schmidt, Former WH Comm. Dir. Anita Dunn,  POLITICO WH reporter Mike Allen, Americans for the Arts President and CEO Bob Lynch, Brookings Institute Dir. Bruce Katz, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt, Jacksonville (FL) Mayor Alvin Brown, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, Louisville, KY Mayor Greg Fischer
  • FRIDAY: U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk, Presidential Sr. Advisor David Plouffe, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson


Hawaii’s Mayors Attend the Conference of Mayors Meeting in Washington DC

The Mayors from the major Hawaiian Islands are at the Conference of Mayors Meeting in Washington DC, right now. The following was released from the website:

Conference of Mayors Meeting in Honolulu - (L-R) Mayor Kenoi (Big Island), Mayor Arakawa (Maui), Mayor Carlisle (Honolulu), Mayor Carvalho (Kauai)

At the airport on there way to Conference of Mayors Meeting - (L-R) Mayor Kenoi (Big Island), Mayor Arakawa (Maui), Mayor Carlisle (Honolulu), Mayor Carvalho (Kauai)

America’s Mayors Say No More Bridges To Nowhere: Oppose Gas Tax Unless More Is Invested in Metro Areas to Rebuild Roads and Bridges and Expand Transit

Media Release:

The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) today released a 176-city survey focusing on local transportation infrastructure investments at the National Press Club.

Atlanta (GA) Mayor Kasim Reed, USCM Transportation Committee Chair, delivered the survey findings. Given the economic problems facing the nation, mayors believe it is more important than ever that federal transportation priorities be targeted to metropolitan areas — home to two-thirds of U.S. residents.

“As the federal government sets priorities for long-term spending and deficit reduction, future transportation infrastructure investments should focus spending on pressing metropolitan transportation infrastructure needs as opposed to low-priority highway expansion projects such as the infamous Bridge to Nowhere,” said Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed.

“The long-term productivity of transportation infrastructure spending is greater when it is invested where economic growth will occur, which is in the metropolitan areas, “ said Reed.

Among the major findings of the United States Conference of Mayors Metropolitan Transportation Infrastructure survey (to read entire survey, go to

  • Ninety-eight percent of the mayors point to investment in affordable, reliable transportation as an important part of their cities’ economic recovery and growth.
  • Ninety-three percent of the mayors urge reforms in federal transportation programs to allow cities and their metropolitan areas to receive a greater share of federal funds directly.
  • Absent a greater share of funding directly to cities and metropolitan areas, only seven percent of the mayors indicate support to increase the federal gas tax.
  • Ninety-six percent of the mayors believe that the federal government should increase spending on transportation infrastructure to reverse decades of underinvestment in cities, with strong majorities indicating support to increase the federal gas tax to improve transportation infrastructure, if a greater share of the funding were invested in local road and bridge infrastructure (89%), and public transit (65%).
  • Seventy-five percent of the mayors indicate support to increase the federal gas tax if a greater share of the funding were invested in bicycle and pedestrian projects.
  • Eighty percent of the mayors indicate that highway expansion should be a low priority.
  • Seventy-five percent of the mayors say a national infrastructure bank or expanded availability of federal financing tools such as Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) or Build America Bonds would accelerate or increase the number of transportation projects that could be implemented.
The United States Conference of Mayors policy does not support an increase in the federal gas tax without reforms and programs in the reauthorization of the federal surface transportation law that are metropolitan-focused, more energy- efficient, and more environmentally sustainable.

In the United States, metropolitan areas account for 86 percent of employment, 90 percent of wage income, and over the next 20 years, 94 percent of the nation’s economic growth, but they are burdened with the nation’s worst traffic jams, its oldest roads and bridges, and transit systems at capacity. Simply put, these areas are receiving significantly less in federal transportation investments than would reflect their role and importance to the nation’s economy.

Tom Cochran, USCM CEO and Executive Director underscored this point. “The largest metropolitan areas account for 87 percent of the nation’s traffic. The three most congested areas – Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago – account for 27 percent of that traffic. Our metropolitan areas rank high among world economies, but they are saddled with bus and rail systems at capacity and aging roads and bridges that will undermine their ability to meet the nation’s future economic output. Given these factors, metropolitan areas should be at the center of federal transportation infrastructure investment. They are the drivers of the 21st century United States economy.”

Cochran went on to say, “This survey confirms what mayors have been saying for years: through a new direct partnership with mayors, the federal government should make tomorrow’s transportation infrastructure more metropolitan-focused, more energy-efficient, and more environmentally sustainable.”

The United States Conference of Mayors is pleased to be working with the Obama Administration and Congress in helping to shape a federal surface transportation law that will rebuild transportation infrastructure in metropolitan areas, reduce traffic congestion, create jobs, and ensure that cities and their metropolitan economies across the United States, and, in turn, the nation’s economy, emerge from the recession.

The President and CEO of Parsons Brinkerhoff, which sponsored the survey, spoke to the global benefit of increased infrastructure investments in this country.

“While the United States has been disinvesting in transportation infrastructure, we see other countries taking a cue from our history by making significant investments in transportation,” said Parsons Brinckerhoff President and CEO George J. Pierson.

“Today, we are investing approximately two percent of our GDP on infrastructure; Europe and China are investing approximately five percent and nine percent, respectively. Growth in India, China, Brazil and other surging economies is being fueled in part by investment in transit systems, roads, airports and other infrastructure. Thousands of miles of high-speed rail systems are being built in Europe and Asia, connecting population and economic centers.”

“When mayors in the United States speak to their need to improve the quality of roads and transit systems in their cities, they are responding to a public need in a way that will arm their cities for success in global competition,” concluded Pierson.

Mayor Kenoi Reflects on His Experience with the Mayors’ Institute on City Design

Mayor Billy Kenoi reflects on his experience with the Mayors’ Institute on City Design from last years conference:


Mayor Kenoi is not currently listed on the Pre-Registered attendees for this years conference which begins April 27th in Chicago, Illinois.

The Mayors’ Institute on City Design is a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities…

More Here: Mayors’ Institute on City Design

Mayor Kenoi Attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCOM) This Week in Washington , D.C.

Mayor Billy Kenoi attended the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCOM) this week in Washington , D.C.

Mayor Kenoi sits on the USCOM standing Committee on Tourism, Arts, Parks, Entertainment and Sports, where he is shown discussing tourism expansion with Norwalk , Connecticut Mayor Richard A. Moccia.

Media Release:

Tucson, AZ Mayor Robert Walkup, along with U.S.Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz, USCM Vice President Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and USCM Second Vice President Philadelphia, PA Michael Nutter, today introduced a CIVILITY ACCORD to the nation‟s mayors at their annual legislative conference and encouraged the 200 plus attending mayors to sign the document.

The Mayors‟ Accord was presented at top of the of the opening session of USCM 79th Winter Meeting, and Mayor Walkup, who addressed the entire session explained, “We believe that because mayors are the elected leaders closest to the people, restoration of civility must begin with us. We are in a unique position to have a positive impact on behavior – individual and collective – and to lead by example. While the tragedy in Tucson is the impetus for this Accord, it represents a commitment that must live on in every mayor in our nation from this day forward.”

The complete text of the Civility Accord can be found here, but the core principles are as follows:

  • Respect the right of all Americans to hold different opinions;
  • Avoid rhetoric intended to humiliate, de-legitimatize, or question the patriotism of those whose opinions are different from ours;
  • Strive to understand differing perspectives;
  • Choose words carefully;
  • Speak truthfully without accusation, and avoid distortion;
  • Speak out against violence, prejudice, and incivility in all of their forms, whenever and wherever they occur.

Conference President Burnsville Mayor Elizabeth Kautz remarked, “This accord is an important step in encouraging political leaders at all levels of government, regardless of political affiliation, to commit to work together in a spirit of civility and respect in their service to the American people.”

Job creation and retention are also at the top on the mayors‟ agenda as they convene over the next three days to meet with federal lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, Cabinet members and President Obama. Much of the discussion during the meeting, including a mayors and CEO panel on Thursday will center on joblessness in the U.S. and the need for job creation. Mayors are pushing the Administration and Congress to work together on strategies to help unemployed people in America‟s cities, where 85% of the people in this country live.

“The jobs picture for cities and suburbs remains extremely challenging,” noted Mayor Kautz referring to a new economic report released today by the Conference of Mayors and Global Insight that shows almost one-third of the nation‟s 363 metro areas will still have an unemployment rate higher than 10% at the end of 2011. Moreover, the mayors‟ report indicates 152 metropolitan areas (42%) will not gain back their pre-recession job levels until after 2014.

“This data is solid proof that Congress needs to be laser-beam focused on jobs creation,” said Kautz. “We are in the middle of a „jobs emergency‟ that demands decisive and swift action.” 2

Mayor Kautz added, “As we try to slog our way out of this jobs recession, there are still families all over the nation that are suffering tremendously from prolonged unemployment. Without job growth in metropolitan areas, there can be no sustained national recovery. Our cities and our metro economies are centers of our national economy. We ignore them at our own peril.”

The Mayors are collectively advancing their job creation priorities in their new Metro Agenda, which calls for protecting Community Development Block Grants to help develop job creating projects in local communities, infrastructure spending through public transportation and energy block grants, as well as maintaining other key investments that the mayors say the nation still desperately needs.

The full Mayors‟ 2011 Metro Agenda can be found at

Mayor Kautz underscored the urgency of the mayors‟ for a metro agenda focused on jobs. “The nation‟s mayors are calling on all levels of government, as well as the private sector, to work closer together to build a bold vision for what cities and metropolitan areas will look like in the coming decades. And job creation is the key to that vision.”

The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor. For a complete meeting agenda, list or participating mayors and video of Conference proceedings, please visit

Mayor Kenoi Presents Honokohau Plan at National Institute on City Design

From The Mayors Office:

Mayor Billy Kenoi was among eight U.S. mayors selected to attend the 47th National Session of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, August 4-6, 2010, in Los Angeles.

The event was a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation and the United States Conference of Mayors. All expenses for the trip to Los Angeles are paid by the Mayor’s Institute.

The two-and-a-half day symposium offered mayors a better understanding of urban design, and provided an opportunity to learn how to approach unique design challenges. Eight urban design professionals also participated in the symposium.

Mayor Kenoi presented a case study from Hawaii County, soliciting responses from the other mayors and designers on conceptualizing new ways of solving design issues. The mayors were expected to return to their communities with a better understanding of design and the design process.

“This was a wonderful opportunity to meet with some of the best urban design professionals and mayors in the country,” said Mayor Kenoi. “There’s much to learn about making Hawaii County a better place to live through better design and planning and I was honored to be selected to represent our island at this symposium.”

Hawaii County’s design case study was the Honokohau TOD (Transit-Oriented Development) site plan, which is anchored by the new Ane Keohokalole Highway, new mass transit routes and the new West Hawai‘i Civic Center currently under construction.

TOD is a neighborhood development approach encouraged under the new, award-winning Kona Community Development Plan, using transit design that makes the most of not only personal automobile travel, but also biking, walking and transit systems.

The county is looking to provide alternatives to private transportation as a central theme to ensure the sustainability of both the village and the island, and the symposium was designed to explore strategies for the County to influence the design and construction of what will be Hawaii County’s next town.

The consolidation of municipal services as the central piece in a new transit-oriented development will be a first for Hawaii County. The site is located about five miles north of downtown Kona and about a mile from Kealakehe High School.

Mayor Kenoi is the first mayor of Hawaii County to attend the Mayors’ Institute on City Design.

Other mayors selected to attend this year included Antonio R. Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, host of the Institute; Sam Adams of Portland, Oregon; Ralph Becker of Salt Lake City, Utah; Richard J. Berry of Albuquerque, New Mexico; Bob Foster of Long Beach, California; Ann Johnston of Stockton, California; and Jim Suttle of Omaha, Nebraska.

For more information on the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, visit the website at

For more information on the Honokohau Village TOD, visit the website atp