The University of Guam is at the forefront of global leadership in island sustainability. UOG recently launched the Guam Green Growth (G3) Initiative to develop solutions to sustainability challenges and contribute to a green economy for the island region. Governor Lourdes Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order 2019-23, designating CIS as the coordinator of a G3 Working Group to bring academic, government, private sector, and non profit partners together to transition Guam toward a sustainable future.
Guam, through G3, participates as a founding member of the Local2030 Islands Network to advance the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in locally and culturally effective ways. UOG leverages regional and global partners — the Global Island Partnership, Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and the Pacific Community — to accelerate sustainability solutions.
The G3 Initiative develops sustainability solutions and contributes to a green economy for the island. G3 kicked off in 2019 with a $10,000 grant from the Global Consortium for Sustainability Outcomes. UOG is working with Kamehameha Schools in Hawai’i and Arizona State University to stimulate island circular economy industries. The circular economy cuts waste and reuses materials while lessening the burden on natural resources. Circular economy workshops were held in Guam and Hawaii where business owners, entrepreneurs, and business liaisons received a crash course on the benefits of a regenerative island economic model.