Hawaii’s Kunia Country Farms project received the Envision rating system’s Gold award from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI).
The previous 17 Envision awards were given to public projects throughout the country, making the Kunia Country Farms project the first private corporation and first entity in the state of Hawaii to receive Envision sustainable infrastructure recognition.
KCF was awarded the Gold award for its focus on the development and implementation of Zero Impact Farming, which minimizes water and electricity use, soil degradation, pollution, while providing other environmental economies, and maximizing land efficiency, labor efficiency, and the production process.
“The farm is designed to provide locally grown produce using sustainable techniques and practices, helping Hawaii achieve food independence from imports,” said Jason Brand, KCF owner and president of the Brand Industrial Group Inc., which maintains active equity positions in sustainable farming and production ventures (including KCF) in Hawaii.
Kunia Country Farms (KCF) is one of the largest commercial aquaponics farms and producers of leafy greens in Hawaii. The project sustainably grows local produce in a manner that minimizes wastes, achieves economic sustainability, and helps reduce Hawaii’s food dependence on imports. And Kunia County Farms has become a main supplier of aquaponic lettuce to the islands’ supermarkets and high-end restaurants.
The ISI Envision rating system measures sustainable infrastructure projects in five categories: quality of life, leadership, natural world, resource allocation, and climate and risk. Engineers can receive an Envision Sustainability Professional credential (ENV SP) certifying their expertise in applying the rating system to projects.
Learn more about Envision and ISI at sustainableinfrastructure.org.