Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021


RE: S.B. No. 167

S.D. 1

H.D. 2





Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii




Your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection, to which was referred S.B. No. 167, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


The purpose of this measure is to:


(1) Establish objectives, policies, and priority guidelines for state facility systems in the Hawaii State Planning Act to achieve the use of green infrastructure, vegetation, and trees in state facility systems, infrastructure, and transit projects; and


(2) Require the Office of Planning, in partnership with the Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force, to make recommendations to the Legislature for implementing green infrastructure objectives, policies, and priority guidelines.


Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources; Department of Health; Office of Hawaiian Affairs; Office of Planning; Climate Protectors Hawaii; Americans for Democratic Action; Kauai Climate Action Coalition; Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Painting Industry of Hawaii Labor Management Cooperation Trust Fund; Hawaii Tapers Market Recovery Trust Fund; Hawaii Glaziers, Architectural Metal Glassworkers Local Union 1889 AFL-CIO Stabilization Trust Fund; Carpet, Linoleum and Soft Tile Local Union 1926 Market Recovery Trust Fund; and two individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from three individuals.


Your Committee finds that sustainable design concepts for public infrastructure incorporate green vegetation and trees, which can produce significant improvements to mental health and have positive psychological and quality of life benefits in a community. This measure ensures the establishment of critical ecosystem services in the State and demonstrates the State's commitment toward a zero emissions clean economy by 2045.


Your Committee has amended this measure by:


(1) Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion; and


(2) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of S.B. No. 167, S.D. 1, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it be referred to your Committee on Finance in the form attached hereto as S.B. No. 167, S.D. 1, H.D. 2.



Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Energy & Environmental Protection,