For the past 100 years, Aloha United Way (AUW) has been helping to better the lives of Hawaii residents through its support and partnership with more than 300 nonprofits. With the money saved from clean energy investments at its Honolulu headquarters, AUW passes along the savings to tenants, which are primarily non-profit partners.
This sparked AUW to look into what else could be done. Subsequently, AUW tinted its windows with $75,000 worth of state-of-the-art tint donated by 3M, helping the building stay cooler. AUW also had LED lights installed in public areas and motion-sensored LEDs put in the fire escapes. It is now in the middle of installing LED fixtures throughout the building.
While the primary motivation was to save money, AUW sees how its sustainable measures can lead to changes on a personal level. “Once you start saying ‘What can I do,’ it opens doors,” said Maura Dolormente, AUW’s vice president of marketing and communications, who also has solar at her home. “By sharing with our team what the organization was doing, staff were inspired to do their part. When everyone does a little bit, it really makes a significant difference, and that’s how we keep evolving. The changes at work then get carried to their homes and the ripple continues to grow.”