Category Archives: Building Our HSCA Network

Ideas on how we can gather membership, donations and support for the HSCA

POSITION PAPER of the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance

WHAT ARE THE KEY FEATURES OF A “SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY?

A sustainable community (SC) consists of one or more households that share a location and the conscious intention to be self-reliant, resilient, resource-conserving, equitable, and ecologically restorative—while providing a good quality of life for community members and future generations.

(A household is here defined as two or more people who share a shelter system that includes facilities for eating, sleeping, bathing, and gathering.)

The members of an SC

  • cooperate with each other and with neighbors, for the accomplishment of shared purposes.
  • are responsible and accountable to each other, to neighbors, and to the larger world for the consequences of how they live.
  • steward valuable resources for the benefit of future as well as present generations.

A Sustainable Community:

  • provides many of its basic/subsistence needs (water, food, clothing, shelter, energy, waste management) on site, using primarily local resources (human/natural/financial).
  • reuses or recycles almost all of its “wastes.”
  • is prepared for natural and other emergencies.
  • promotes and aims for income, gender, and intergenerational equity.
  • restores and regenerates degraded eco-systems, while ensuring that land use, building, transportation and other systems are minimally damaging to the biosphere.
  • offers learning opportunities to all ages about the challenges and technologies of living sustainably.
  • is part of a global community: Most SCs have and utilize access to the internet, hence to neighbors, each other, the world, and the global information base.

Why do people choose sustainable community?

The sustainable community movement is leading the way to a new era of more productive, innovative, resource conserving, energy efficient living systems.

Most creators and members of Sustainable Communities (SCs) are motivated, at least partly, by discontent with the standard modern consumerist lifestyle.

Large, complex, centralized, 20th century industrial systems continue to become less functional and less reliable, climate change continues, food (along with water) is becoming the “new gold,” and energy is becoming more and more scarce and expensive.

SC members seek something that is more communal, more ecologically restorative, less auto dependent, less money-oriented, more democratic and equitable, closer to nature, cleaner, healthier, and more spiritually fulfilling.

Most SC members seek economic independence through self-reliance that gives insulation from unreliable financial/labor markets and from the decisions of distant corporations and governments—meanwhile inventing and building alternative local provisioning systems and cultures.

SC’s want to leave our children with an inheritance of functioning, multi-purpose living systems that are capable of surviving and thriving in the 21st century.

SC’s provide friendship and support, and are an answer to the isolation and loneliness of a modern culture built of broken families and traditions.

SC’s support a network of people competent in the operation of alternative, appropriate technologies.

SCs build wealth in the form of functional, productive, efficient and equitable living systems that are strong foundational units of healthy, vibrant neighborhoods, towns, and regions.

This includes

* human/social resources (health, knowledge, skills, relationships, organization, education);

* built resources (appropriately-scaled subsistence infrastructure and technologies for energy and water harvesting, food production, waste recycling, etc.);

* and natural resources of their local ecosystems (soil fertility, vegetation, wildlife).

Summary of the BENEFITS  provided by SC living systems

Food security

External security

On-site productivity

Resource conservation (water, energy, materials)

Employment opportunities

Educational opportunities/outcomes/potential

Recreation

Healthy environment for children and elderly

Help with child raising

Health care/maintenance

Internal communication

Internal sharing

Communication/cooperation with neighbors

Sharing with neighbors

Saving money by pooling resources

Sharing tools and buildings

Caring for the environment- soil, water, air

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HAWAII SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY ALLIANCE PUBLIC MEETING

 

To further the cause of sustainable living and sustainable community health and welfare.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013

Time: 2pm – 5pm

Location: Kalani Honua EMAX

12-6860 Kalapana-Kapoho Beach Road, Puna Makai, Hawaii

 

We would like to share the successes, strategies, stories and some of our research with you. Our national and local political climate has changed; ‘business as usual’ is not an option. There’s a virtual consensus on the belief that socio-economic changes are necessary to sustain the Big Island during more turbulent times. Let’s work on some SOLUTIONS.

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Sustainable Economies Law Center

We are especially interested to learn about legal and financial models for community acquisition, ownership, tenancy, etc. Zoning for eco-villages is also something we’d love to see more of.  I definitely know of communities in northern california that are running up against the same barriers I imagine that you’ve encountered.
Orsi, Co-Director
Sustainable Economies Law Center
<http://www.TheSELC.org>www.TheSELC.org
436 14th Street, Suite 1120
Oakland, CA 94612
510-649-9956

Janelle Orsi, Co-DirectorSustainable Economies Law Center<http://www.TheSELC.org>www.TheSELC.org436 14th Street, Suite 1120Oakland, CA 94612510-649-9956

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support from the Hawaiian Acres Community Association

June 13th, 2011

Hawaiian Acres Community Association

PO Box 368

Kurtistown, HI 96760

info@hawaiianacres.org

Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance

13 June 2011

Re: Hawaii County Sustainable Rural Habitat Ordinance

Aloha,

On behalf of the Hawaiian Acres Community Association (HACA)board, I am writing

this letter to voice our support for the concept of an ordinance to address limiteddensity

owner-built rural dwelling and associated structures.

We’ve had some discussions at our meetings on the topic of the Universal Building

Code and believe that there are many provisions in it that are not compatible with

the rural life style so many of us enjoy here in the Hawaiian Acres Subdivision.

One of your board members, James Weatherford, in his letter dated31 May 2011, to

the Puna Community Development Action Committee requesting their support for

the Hawaii County Sustainable Rural Habitat Ordinance stated, ”The proposed

change in policy is first and foremost about sustainable quality of life, permitting

rural habitat with a lower ecological footprint, through use of local, recycled, and

unconventional materials and building methods.” These are ideas that the HACA

board can endorse because they are consistent with how many of our residents are

currently living.

Thank you for taking the initiative to draft the Rural Habitat Ordinance.

Respectfully,

Di~

President, HACA

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HOW CAN YOU HELP the HSCA?

We can really use your help in making Hawaii more sustainable! If you have some time to get involved, we welcome you warmly to join us!  We are currently looking for people to help with:

* Donations- Tell your friends, do a fundraiser!  We can use help with supplies, advertising, and the expenses involved in lobbying. You can write us a check or send it by Paypal.

* Personal stories- how have you used sustainable practices?  Have you run into any problems with the laws while doing so?  Please write up your story for us.  You can leave off your name if you feel more comfortable.

* Demonstration models for alternative housing- Did you build one?  We would like to be able to show the lawmakers that alternatives can be safe and healthy.

* Advisory Board Members:

We need technical advisors like architects, legal counsel, licensed contractors and trade professionals like electricians, plumbers, alternative building supplies providers, people living in land based community, owners of organic farms, habitat for humanity employees, low income housing employees, recycling center employees, permaculture design people

* Specifically we would like to have:

A local Building Materials subcommittee to study what’s available

Advisory Building Safety subcommittee, including architects, realtors, contractors, suppliers

Public relations subcommittee

Legal Advisors Subcommittee

Lobbyists

Fundraisers

* More Board Members for our organization.

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County Report on community asset building

Government report on community asset building

11/28
from John Schinnerer:
In this report on community asset building, from an ongoing project to address poverty, quality of life etc. on the island, there are countless comments from participants about problems with zoning and building codes making it impossible for people/families to live affordably, and making it difficult to have or maintain the kinds of communities that may still exist now or existed previously.
http://www.hawaiicountyrandd.net/hcrc/island-initiatives/hoowaiwai/Ohana%20Dialogue%20Draft%20Report.pdf/view
See also the other reports, and toolkit for “discovering community power”:
http://www.hawaiicountyrandd.net/hcrc/island-initiatives/hoowaiwai
All these people are potential HSCA allies. In basic terms of zoning and building they want significant change ASAP.
aloha,
John Schinnerer – M.A., Whole Systems Design
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Ideas on Beginning Our Network

From minutes: Ideas on Beginning Our Network

10/30/2010
We could get neighborhood owners organizations to support us, like HPP, etc.
11/5/2010
We are going to identify key members of our mailing list and send them an invitation to join the HSCA. We will let them know that we may need membership dues in the future and that once they join, they are welcome to attend HSCA meetings. They can fully participate by speaking at the meetings and give their input. Also people who have a lot of votes in their community or family.
We need to find a resident in each and every district on Big Island so that they can communicate directly with the Counsel Member in their area. This will have much more impact.
Dagan wants to start connecting with people, NGO’s or corporations that have an interest in the goals of the HSCA. He will start this process.

10/30/2010We could get neighborhood owners organizations to support us, like HPP, etc.
11/5/2010We are going to identify key members of our mailing list and send them an invitation to join the HSCA. We will let them know that we may need membership dues in the future and that once they join, they are welcome to attend HSCA meetings. They can fully participate by speaking at the meetings and give their input. Also people who have a lot of votes in their community or family.
We need to find a resident in each and every district on Big Island so that they can communicate directly with the Counsel Member in their area. This will have much more impact.
Dagan wants to start connecting with people, NGO’s or corporations that have an interest in the goals of the HSCA. He will start this process.

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