K.C. Compton, senior editor: 785-274-4357, 
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Mother Earth News recognizes city as a ‘Great Place You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of’ 

HILO (Sept. 13, 2012) – Hilo has earned a spot on Mother Earth News’ annual “Great Places You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard Of” list. Mother Earth News, the leading magazine dedicated to sustainable living, features eight communities in its October-November issue, on sale Sept. 25.

In addition to its unique cultural makeup and breathtaking views, Hilo ranks highly for its many green initiatives, including:

  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corp.’s production facility, which burns waste husks and shells to provide 60 percent of the company’s electricity
  • Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden’s preserve of tropical and native plants
  • Mauna Loa’s atmospheric research laboratory
  • Large-scale geothermal power production
  • The year-round farmers’ market filled with more than 200 local food producers and artisans

“Hilo works hard to preserve its cultural and natural resources, and we recognize that it takes a committed group of citizens working together for years to accomplish that,” says K.C. Compton, senior editor for the magazine.

The Great Places list serves as a fun way to recognize cities and towns that demonstrate positive civic energy, invest in the local economy and develop meaningful environmental initiatives. Nominations come from Mother Earth News readers, social media communities and staff.

The other cities selected for this year’s list are Charleston, S.C.; Denton, Texas; Dover, N.H.; Golden, Colo.; Lawrence, Kan.; Port Townsend, Wash.; and Red Lodge, Mont.

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