Hā Sustainability

We believe that sustainability is not just about preserving the natural environment, but also about building resilient communities, supporting thriving local economies, and furthering social justice.

Our Mission

We empower individuals, organizations, and communities to create a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future for all.

Our Focus

Hā Sustainability is a Hawaiʻi-based, client-focused sustainability consulting firm offering diverse sustainability solutions that enhance innovation and promote responsible economic growth while protecting our ‘āina and natural resources.

We believe that sustainability is not just about preserving the natural environment, but also about building resilient communities, supporting thriving local economies, and promoting social justice. We are committed to helping our clients navigate the complex landscape of environmental, social, and economic sustainability by providing innovative solutions that are tailored to their unique needs.

Our team of experts is dedicated to working collaboratively with our clients to create practical and effective strategies that address the challenges of climate change, resource depletion, and social inequality. We provide climate adaptation and mitigation solutions, including decarbonization and climate resiliency planning.

Māmaki, a native Hawaiian nettle species

Meet Our Team

Alex de Roode

Co-Founder and Principal

Alex is a Co-Founder and Principal at Hā Sustainability, a Hawai’i based sustainability consulting firm. Born in Paris, France and raised in Maui, Hawai’i, Alex is passionate about helping individuals, organizations, and communities navigate sustainable pathways to achieve equitable and resilient outcomes. Alex brings deep insight and expertise in community planning and sustainability analysis, including in the areas of stakeholder and community engagement, clean energy, decarbonization, resiliency, water resources planning, entrepreneurship, and sustainable agriculture. Alex has served in various professional capacities in the energy and sustainability sectors, including having served as Energy Commissioner and Senior Water Resources Planner for the County of Maui, Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM), Director of Sustainability and Business Development at Green Building Hawai’i, and District Sustainability Manager at Portland Community College.

Hannah Shipman-Peila

Co-Founder and Principal

Hannah is a Co-Founder and Principal at Hā Sustainability, a Hawai’i based sustainability consulting firm. Born and raised on Maui, Hannah is fueled by an unwavering passion for sustainability and a contagious excitement that radiates in her work. Hannah is dedicated to helping organizations and communities navigate the complexities of sustainability. Her strong analytical skills, coupled with a holistic approach, enable her to develop innovative strategies that drive meaningful change and deliver long-term environmental and social impact. With a passion for community engagement and sustainable development, Hannah has worked in both the nonprofit sector and government, holding positions such as Project Impact Director at Blue Planet Foundation, Green Building and Resilient Housing Specialist for the County of Maui, Environmental Educator for Hawaii Nature Center, and currently sits on Maui Huliau Foundations Board of Directors as the Vice President.

About Hā

In ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian language) Hā means breath of life. It is the life force or energy that flows through us as living beings. In order to achieve balance, we must nurture our Hā for it to be healthy and thrive.

This is analogous to how we must treat all living things for them to thrive. This includes our modern concept of energy systems. If we manage energy or Hā in a way that is not balanced, by for example disrupting the carbon cycle, we will not thrive as a global society. Hā Sustainability is dedicated to guiding its clients towards a more balanced approach to managing their Hā.

This includes providing our clients with energy decarbonization solutions in the electricity, building, and transportation sectors. Rapid decarbonization is a key solution to reestablishing balance in our shared global Hā. However, this decarbonization must be approached in a way that is balanced and enduring. As such, we work with our clients to not only address the technical aspects of decarbonization, but also to balance equity, environmental, and economic aspects of decarbonization. Our goal is to work in partnership towards a just transition from our current state of unbalanced Hā to one that is in harmony with nature and all living beings. This is Hā Sustainability: we invite you to join us and humbly offer you our services to achieve balanced Hā together.

Maliko Gulch, Maui
‘ahinahina, Haleakalā Silversword

Our Approach

We use proven methodologies that combine industry best practices, community and stakeholder engagement, and data-driven analysis to help clients develop and implement sustainable strategies that drive business and organizational value, responsibility, and accountability. We also approach our work using an island perspective, recognizing that islands and remote communities face unique challenges requiring them to prioritize self-sufficiency and circular local economies. We bring this ethos to our work across all communities on Island Earth, whether they be a small remote island community, or a sprawling metropolis located on a continent. In these uncertain and changing times, we must all seek out new and traditional approaches that emphasize local sustainability, resilience, and self-sufficiency. Please let us help you on this noble journey.

Our Core Values

We are dedicated to providing inspired research, agile facilitation, and expert guidance and analysis to our clients. At Hā Sustainability, we are driven by our 8 core values, which we use like a navigation system to guide our approaches and solutions. 

  • Innovation
  • Inclusion
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Continuous Learning
  • Ethical
  • Boldness
  • Trust
Moloka’i, Hawai’i

Empower. Innovate. Thrive.

We are dedicated to sharing our resources, skills, and expertise to make a positive impact on the community and environment.

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