News Release

Beautifying Guam

Missionary effort supports Guam's G3 Initiative with weekly cleanups.

Rain or shine the Island of Guam is beautified as its rubbish is collected in large, black trash bags. Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are active participants in this local cleanup each Friday as they partner with the University of Guam's G3 Initiative. 

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. Along with a cleaner island these efforts are promoting sustainability.

Governor Lourdes Leon Guerrero signed Executive Order 2019-23, designating the Center for Island Sustainability (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 the G3 initiative, 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 (SPREP) 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 Hawaii along with 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. Here business owners, entrepreneurs and business liaisons received a crash course on the benefits of a regenerative island economic model. 

As the missionary photos portray, these young missionaries enjoy being part of this initiative. Elder William H. K. Davis, Area Seventy, tells of how people honk as they pass giving them a thumbs up for their hard work.

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