By: Tina Bushnell
Sustainability received a boost at HHF Planners this last month as five planners received their LEED Green Associate accreditation. Many people know that LEED is the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system, but not so many know that LEED also encompasses Smart Growth through their LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system. And smart growth has been embraced by HHF Planners even as we celebrate a long history of working with such smart growth tenets as walkable neighborhoods, communities with strong sense of place, mixed land use, and transportation alternatives.
As more planners learn the language of sustainability, this will lead to not just more energy efficient and environmentally sustainable buildings, but more complete streets, mixed use neighborhoods, and vibrant and healthy communities. In 2014, Hawai‘i ranked number 9 in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Top 10 States in the Nation for LEED Green Building. With this excellent precedent set, perhaps in the future, Hawai‘i can strive for becoming one of the top 10 states for smart growth.
Pictured above from left to right, the new LEED Green Associates at HHF Planners include the following (some in the group will continue working toward their LEED AP accreditation):
Tomoko Naka – Tomoko is a Landscape Designer with experience in commercial, condominium, resort, commercial and high-end residential projects. Her interests are in sustainable landscape design and native gardens.
Tina Bushnell – Tina is a Planner with experience in cultural landscape studies, historic American landscape studies, environmental planning and military planning. She’s a history buff who recognizes the power of place through story, smart design, and collaboration.
Aaron Mann – Aaron Mann is a Senior Planner exceptionally skilled at Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information Technology as it relates to site planning, environmental and land use planning. While pursuing his Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning he developed expertise in land use, ocean and coastal law. Aaron is also experienced at providing statistical and economic analysis.
Jerilyn Hanohano – Jerilyn is a Senior Planner with a broad range of experience from site planning to environmental and land use planning. She has managed and supported projects throughout Hawai‘i and the Pacific Rim with an emphasis on federal master planning.
John Hagihara – John is a Senior Planner with experience in alternative transportation planning, environmental planning, geographic information systems, and disaster management. As an avid cyclist and outdoor enthusiast, he is an active participant in bicycling advocacy and community based natural resource management programs on O‘ahu.
They join an existing core group of LEED accredited planners at HHF Planners including:
Shelley Franklin, LEED AP BD & C, and ND
Regina McClintock, LEED Green Associate