At PBR HAWAII, Ms. Hanson’s responsibilities include preparation of environmental assessments and special district permits for government projects, GIS mapping and analysis, community engagement through website content management and web-based outreach tools (such as MailChimp, StoryMaps and SurveyMonkey), and preparation of federal and state environmental documents including documentation of compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).
Her recent projects include community engagement, facilitation of developer selection, and environmental compliance documentation for the redevelopment of 820 Isenberg (the site of the former Bowl O Drome, Honolulu), and community engagement for the City and County of Honolulu’s Complete Streets, Oʻahu Pedestrian Plan, and Ala Pono an Ala Wai Crossing. Current projects include updating the Ocean Resource Management Plan with the Office of Planning, preparing flood map reports for the Department of Land and Natural Resources, updating the City and County of Honolulu’s TOD website, and land use, community planning, and preparation of NEPA environmental reports for the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. While earning her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawaiʻi, Ms. Hanson re-designed the department’s website and social media platforms, assisted in the launch of the department’s first alumni association, and received funding from the J. Watumull Scholarship for conducting field research on sea level rise adaptation in Kolkata, India.
Ms. Hanson also brings to her role as planner a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology, both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analytical skills, an eye for detail, and six years of travelling throughout and living in Asia. This background fosters a firm grounding in the importance of inclusion when conducting community outreach efforts, and as a key component to informing the planning process and decisions.