Bill SB2274 Relating to Sustainable Living

We are so excited to be part of this effort to pass a forward thinking bill that will provide a legal foundation for sustainable living sites to become permitted use activities, supported by state and county agencies. Bill SB2274 will enable innovators and sustainable pioneers to practice and test ways of living that are ecological and sustainable. It complements but does not replace existing zoning codes.

This bill will allows for ecovillage-type communities, building affordably and sustainably, provide alternative energy on a small scale, conserve and harvest fresh water, conserve and improve topsoil without expensive or toxic inputs, increase local food production and quality, provide onsite waste treatment and recycling, and many other developing techniques for sustainable living!

MEDIA REPORT: The HSCA and Bill SB2274 has recently been featured in the Honolulu Civil Beat!

Focus Points. The Sustainable Living Research Bill will:

  1. Improve our state disaster preparedness by researching and developing practices to alleviate impacts due to a state of emergency
  2. Increase real ‘affordable’ and sustainable green housing
  3. Increase employment in small business sustainable enterprises
  4. Promote the growth of small locally-owned farms that educate and employ a new breed of young farmers
  5. Provide additional protection for consumers from the disruptions in transport of supplies to Hawaii islands
  6. Reduce dependence on imports of food and energy by promoting locally sustainable alternatives
  7. Alleviate landfill problems by increasing ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle
  8. Promote the development of think tanks focusing on sustainable research and development
  9. Bring current zoning and land use codes into compliance with local community values



State Bill 2274 Summary

“Today’s climate changes are warning bells signaling the necessity for preparedness now … The Hawaiian Islands are a learning laboratory for scalable, innovative mitigation, adaptation policies and techniques, and providing a model on local and regional collaboration.”– Gov. Neil Abercrombie, 2014 State of the State Address

SB2274, “Relating to Sustainable Living,” can be viewed online.

Our bill states, “The long term goal of these sites is to further emergency preparedness development and to implement the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan.”

As Act 8, the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan became law in 2005 “to ensure the development of innovative, responsible, and sustainable practices that are vital to Hawaii’s future.”  State Bill 2274 will add Sustainable Living Research sites as a permitted use on agricultural and rural land by amending HRS Section 205-2. It will only apply to Maui and Hawaii Counties.

Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance (HSCA) Overview

Making Hawaii Sustainable

  • Our vision is to be part of the effort to create a healthy, ecological, peaceful and economically stable world. We work toward that vision on a local level by taking action to promote, support and advocate for land based sustainable community living in Hawaii.
  • We were inspired by the eco-activists who are trying to legalize sustainable buildings, communities and living in other parts of America and the world. In turn, we hope the passing of this legislation will be inspirational and used as a precedent for others who are trying to achieve the same goals elsewhere on the planet.
  • We facilitate networking, communication, information sharing and education among those interested in the vision and goals of sustainable living in Hawaii.
  • Our methodology is to work closely and cooperatively with each other and with local, state and federal government to resolve issues, and to advocate for new and/or amended laws and codes.
  • We specifically support and encourage the State of Hawaii’s goal of self-reliance and sustainability. This lifestyle of working together, pooling resources and thereby consuming less is essential to the success of our state becoming more self-reliant on all levels.

A Solution to Global Challenges Now

Sustainable living is vital to solving life-threatening conditions facing the globe right now. We are faced with resource degradation, the breakdown of Earth’s ecological systems, the possibility of climate changes, and social issues such as crime, health and economic crises. Recent scientific and media reports regarding current economic, environmental and social conditions in Hawaii and worldwide show an immediate need to take clear and decisive action on these issues. We believe that time is of the essence, and that this lifestyle is one part of the solution.

We Invite Your Participation!

If you would like to get involved, we would welcome your help!
  1. Sign up more members to HSCA. Tell your friends about this site and the work we are doing. The more support we can show, the better. When time comes to send in testimony and speak with Council members we will let you know more details.
  2. Please view our Channel on Youtube. 
  3. Please sign up for our Newsletter and subscribe to our posts, or just check back here for more resources and updates.
  4. If you live in the state of Hawaii in some sort of community or plan to start one we welcome you to complete the HSCA 2014 Intentional Community Survey. This survey will help us to understand the needs of those who wish to live in a community setting in Hawaii.
  5. You can help us out by signing up as a member, (see sidebar) so we can show that many people support ideas such as sustainable building techniques, building your own home from recycled and local materials, composting toilets and living in community on land.
  6. Donations of any size are also very helpful!  Just click on the Donate button to use Paypal.