BLUE PLANET FOUNDATION

Clearing the path for 100% clean energy

Honolulu, HI   |  blueplanetfoundation.org

Mission

Blue Planet is committed to accelerating the transition to a just and sustainable energy future.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Melissa Miyashiro

Main address

126 Queen Street Suite 204

Honolulu, HI 96813 USA

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EIN

20-8247917

NTEE code info

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Global climate change, largely due to carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels, continues to destabilize Earth’s life-support systems. Hawaii is ground zero for the destructive impacts of climate change. Over the past few years, Hawaii has set more record high temperatures than any previous time in recorded history. Devastating downpour events have become more common, with one downpour on the North Shore of Kauai breaking the U.S. record for the most amount of rain in a 24-hour period. Given the existential threat of climate change and economic burden that fossil fuels impose, humanity must rapidly transition to an affordable, clean energy future

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Clean Energy Policy

We’re trusted experts helping leaders solve pressing energy problems. As Hawaii’s principal clean energy advocate, we propose and advance game-changing policies at the Public Utilities Commission and through legislation.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

We’re empowering the next generation of clean energy leaders to take control of their energy future. Through education, innovation, and leadership, we give them essential tools for change.

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth

Our 100% clean energy future isn’t only about electricity. Moving Hawaii beyond oil also means cleaner transportation options, and building the road to 100% clean transportation starts now.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of K-12 students reached

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children

Related Program

Youth Energy Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Amidst the daunting climate projections, Hawaii has emerged as a global leader on clean energy policy, adopting a number of bold, first-in-the-nation targets that have helped inspire other jurisdictions to take similar action. Launched in 2008, Blue Planet Foundation is a Honolulu-based 501(c)(3) committed to accelerating the transition to a just and sustainable energy future. Our organization is founded on the belief that by making Hawaii a model of clean energy progress, we can inspire and catalyze climate solutions around the world. By using the lever of bold policy change and the power of storytelling, we create momentum and inspire change in Hawaii and beyond.

To animate our theory of change, Blue Planet applies the following three strategic levers.:

(1) Shaping Opinion - We use creative communications and engaging education tactics to shape public opinions, influence new ways of thinking, and motivate actions and engagement for big impact.

(2) Shaping Behavior - Our action-oriented outreach and programs empower Hawaii youth & residents to complete transformational Acts of Climate Leadership in their own life.

(3) Shaping Policy - We challenge and encourage policymakers to champion and adopt bold and inclusive climate policies and inspire the accelerated adoption of similar policies in other jurisdictions.

Our team of eight come from diverse backgrounds ranging from media, environmental law, education, tourism, and community activation. We embody the following team values:

Vision - We rise to accept the daunting challenge of solving climate change with positive energy. We are fueled by optimism and hope for a more secure, sustainable and just future.
Imagination - We are expansive thinkers who break the mold, using imaginative ideas to solve problems where others see obstacles.
Bold - We’re not afraid to take difficult positions and we challenge the status quo when necessary. We do what’s right, even when it’s hard.
Heart - We engage with heart, listen with intention, and act with kindness. We celebrate one another for the unique gifts that we each bring to our work and to life.
Curiosity - We’re curious learners. We approach the world and our mission from a place of wonder.
Extraordinary - We are committed to doing extraordinary work that reflects our best thinking and highest professionalism.

Policy Shapers:
We are trusted experts helping leaders make smart decisions about our sustainable energy future, in Hawaii and beyond. Since 2008, we have driven key policy outcomes--from being early advocates for equity efforts like on-bill financing and community solar to championing Hawaii's first-in-the-nation 100% renewable energy and a tax on fossil fuel. Hawaii's youth are a cornerstone of our efforts to change the status quo. Our Climate Crew empowers cohorts of civically engaged youth climate experts inspired to help shape the future they will inherit. We seek to amplify students' voices and their power to drive the systems change our planet requires. In its first year, the Climate Crew completed over 60 acts of leaderships to accelerate the transition to 100% clean energy.

Community Activators:
Our annual Student Energy Summit brings together more than 200 middle and high school students from across the state for an immersive clean energy, and climate learning experience. Students walk away with sharpened energy leadership and advocacy skills needed to participate in clean energy and climate action. We recently expanded the summit to welcome international students and build global connections among youth. To tackle carbon pollution in the transportation section, Blue Planet has worked to increase knowledge of the benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) with our EV Expert certification program, which provides dealership sales associates with the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the EV marketplace and gives customers the confidence of knowing they will have the best possible EV buying experience. We have certified over 70 EV Experts statewide to date.

Storytellers:
We use viral videos, clever social media campaigns, provocative presentations, and imaginative infographics to reshape our energy conversations. Our creative communications tell stories that connect, inspire, and spark action. For example, our We Are 100 campaign is showcasing 100 stories of individuals and businesses across Hawaii that are taking actions--big and small--to accelerate our transition to 100% clean energy. Through neighbors inspiring neighbor, we aim to bring everyone along on the journey to 100%. Blue Planet also tracks Hawaii's progress toward 100% clean energy through our Energy Report Card. The report card takes a systems-wide view of our challenges and opportunities across five sections: transportation, efficiency, renewables, smart grid, and economics.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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BLUE PLANET FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 11/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ernest Nishizaki

George Ariyoshi

Former Gov. of Hawaii

Ernest Nishizaki

Visitor Industry Consultant

Colin Yost

RevoluSun

Lorraine Akiba

LHA Ventures

Andrew Rosen

Hawaii State Federal Credit Union

Dana Barbata

U.S. Department of Justice

Betina Mehnert

AHL

Noelani Kalipi

Progression Energy

Keala Francis Dickhens

Jeff Mikulina

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/25/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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