An Even Greener Future for Monsanto Hawaii
Monsanto Hawaii continues to make strides in our efforts to conserve our islands’ natural resources and lessen our environmental footprint.
The company recently installed 108 photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Upper Kunia Farm on Oahu. The 25,000-watt system is expected to generate 40,000 kilowatt hours of electrical power from the sun per year. This natural energy will also help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to that emitted by a normal car driven 65,672 miles, or the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from 3,104 gallons of gasoline, according to the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
“As a company committed to advancing sustainable agriculture, it is important that we do our part in preserving the land and our natural resources,” said Brian Griffiths, Oahu foundation site manager for Monsanto Hawaii. “Adding the PV panels to our Kunia farm will reduce our emissions as well as our energy bill, which will allow us to focus on dedicating our resources to other conservation efforts in Hawaii.”
As farmers, we always look for ways to be more environmentally friendly. Monsanto Hawaii also completed water-saving upgrades to the fields’ irrigation systems, including a drip tube recycling program. This controlled irrigation system exposes plants’ roots to a direct supply of water, cutting back on waste through a green, economical solution. Discarded tubing is sent away for recycling.
The Kunia office is already certified as a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certified building for its sustainable practices, which include efficient lighting and cooling systems, use of recycled or low-emitting building materials and eco-friendly water systems.