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Our Commitment to Sustainability

For over 45 years, PBR HAWAII has been incorporating culturally appropriate sustainable design in our practice. At the core of this approach is an understanding and appreciation of “place,” specifically a place’s natural environment (ecosystem and natural resources), its people, local history, and culture. Our focus is on providing creative and appropriate planning and design solutions that incorporate:

  • the latest global sustainability knowledge base which strive to reduce a projects impact on the environment;
  • provide short-term and long-term economic sustainability; and
  • incorporate the cultural and social context of a place.


We believe this approach to design yields place-based solutions within the context of a global knowledge base, creating unique places for people to live, cherish, and enjoy for today and for future generations.

PBR HAWAII offers LEED® (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) consulting services to aid in the Green Building Certification process. The firm has LEED Accredited planners, landscape architects, and landscape designers on staff who provide design and consulting services relevant to each project. We have been involved in a number of sustainable design projects and have been involved as landscape architects in the LEED Certification process for a number of facilities in the State of Hawai‘i, including the Case Middle School (LEED Gold), Omidyar K-1 Neighborhood at Punahou School (LEED Platinum), the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo Student Life Center (LEED Silver), U.S. Navy Wide-Band Satellite Communications Facility in Wahiawā (LEED Silver), U.S. Army Schofield Barracks Childcare Facility (LEED Gold), and the National Tropical Botanical Garden Botanical Research Center on Kaua‘i (LEED Gold).

Our firm is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and our staff is active in the Hawai’i Chapter of the USGBC and other organizations that promote sustainable design. Within the office, our firm’s Green Team works to promote sustainable design and education within our practice, as well as develop policies for a greener office environment. We also encourage our staff to be active environmental stewards in our community and they have provided pro-bono consulting on sustainable planning and landscape design for educational and non-profit organizations.

Sustainable Planning Solutions
Smart Site Location
Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
Walkability, Pedestrian/ Bike Friendly Development
Mixed Uses Development (Blended Neighborhoods)
Community Gardening and Local Food Production
Stormwater Management and Low Impact Development
Wastewater Management
Water Efficiency and Conservation
Neighborhood-wide Energy Efficiency
Reuse of Older Buildings
Community Participation (Creating a Community Based Plan)

Sustainable Landscape Solutions
Construction Activity Pollution Prevention
Alternative Modes of Transportation – Bicycle Storage and Changing Rooms
Site Development and the Protection or Restoration of Natural Habitat
Quality Control in Stormwater Design
Heat Island Reduction for Roofs and Other Areas
Light Pollution Reduction
Water Efficient Landscaping
Use of Graywater
Use of Rapidly Renewable Materials

Culturally Responsive Planning and Design Solutions 
Place-Based Cultural and Historical Research and Design Solutions
Incorporating Culturally Appropriate Sustainable Design Practices
Landscape Restoration through Climatically and Culturally Appropriate Native Vegetation