Geothermal discussions in Puna

“I will admit that I support low scale geothermal. We still import most of our fuel so any locally sourced energy has it’s advantages.” -M response: You haven’t been there very long (you came in after all the worst of the previous round of development). You might want to talk with . . . → Read More: Geothermal discussions in Puna

Kailua Attorney Builds Shelters For The Homeless

HONOLULU – Tony Locricchio saw the growing homeless population living in tents on sidewalks and said we must find places for them to live with dignity. With his own money, and on his property in Kailua, he has constructed demo buildings to show what can built with a little money and . . . → Read More: Kailua Attorney Builds Shelters For The Homeless

YouTube video on Sustainable Communities

Aloha, l just watched this very comprehensive YouTube video on Sustainable Communities presented by Dr. Kelly Cain to the Saulk County, Wisconsin,  Comprehensive Plan Steering group. It has lots of very valuable data that would benefit our cause as well as all Hawaii County sustainability initiatives. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of1ThHkhx74> aloha Graham

Natural Building Network

Natural Building Network http://nbnetwork.org/  is a not-for-profit membership association promoting natural building principles, materials and practitioners worldwide. We support ecological regeneration, social justice, the building of community and economic opportunity, and the recognition of indigenous wisdom as essential in creating healthy, beautiful, and spiritually-uplifting habitation for everyone.

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, . . . → Read More: Sustainable Economies Law Center

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 . . . → Read More: support from the Hawaiian Acres Community Association

Support from Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee

The Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee (PACDP AC) supports the rural limited-density, owner-built-dwelling initiative of the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance. This initiative is in accord with the PCDP. In particular, the PCDP AC recognizes the needs and opportunities for a Hawaii County Sustainable Habitat policy as outlined in the HSCA’s . . . → Read More: Support from Puna Community Development Plan Action Committee

Article in Hilo Paper June 14

Tuesday, June 14 8:03 pm The public is invited to the Hawaii Sustainable Community Alliance (HSCA) meeting from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday. Focus will be on the proposed county Sustainable Rural Habitat Ordinance. The nonprofit group is drafting a proposal to amend the Building Code to allow “more . . . → Read More: Article in Hilo Paper June 14

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 . . . → Read More: HOW CAN YOU HELP the HSCA?

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 . . . → Read More: County Report on community asset building