Sustainability

The environment is a top priority for A&B.

We are the fourth largest private landowner in Hawaii, and take our land stewardship responsibilities and commitment to the environment very seriously.

We are protective of our pristine watershed lands, and in recent years, have formalized conservation management programs for several unique and fragile areas, in partnership with other private entities, government and environmental organizations.

With agriculture a predominant use of our lands, we want to ensure that sustainable and energy-efficient operating practices are fundamental foundations for our businesses. Conserving soil and water are bedrock principles, evidenced by millions of dollars of investments in drip irrigation, and farming and factory practices that maximize reuse and strive for zero-waste when we were in sugar operations.

 

Sustainability

The environment is a top priority for A&B.

We are the fourth largest private landowner in Hawaii, and take our land stewardship responsibilities and commitment to the environment very seriously.

We are protective of our pristine watershed lands, and in recent years, have formalized conservation management programs for several unique and fragile areas, in partnership with other private entities, government and environmental organizations.

With agriculture a predominant use of our lands, we want to ensure that sustainable and energy-efficient operating practices are fundamental foundations for our businesses. Conserving soil and water are bedrock principles, evidenced by millions of dollars of investments in drip irrigation, and farming and factory practices that maximize reuse and strive for zero-waste when we were in sugar operations.

Watersheds & Conservation

We are a founding member of the East Maui Watershed Partnership, Hawaii’s first private-public sector partnership to preserve the state’s valuable watersheds.

Established in 1991, it served as the model for what is today nine watershed partnerships that exist across the Hawaiian island chain. We are an active member in three of these partnerships, which is commensurate with our land ownership. The mission of these partnerships is to protect vital watersheds that support essential sources of water, native biota, and recreational and aesthetic uses for the people of Hawaii.

On Kauai, we have partnered with The Nature Conservancy to protect two critical parcels on the island with recognized conservation value. The Wainiha Preserve and the Kanaele Bog contain flora and fauna endemic to those areas.

More than a half million dollars was donated by A&B in the last two decades to support watershed and other land conservation efforts.

Watershed sustainability practices
Solar field on Kauai

Energy

A&B’s renewable energy projects have helped Kauai emerge as a leader in renewable energy. Kauai Island Utility Cooperative expects to achieve 50 percent renewable energy in 2018, and A&B has played a major role in that achievement.

McBryde Resources, our renewable energy operations on Kauai, serves as a source of renewable energy for the Kauai community by generating electricity from hydropower. In 2006, McBryde’s Wainiha hydroelectric plant marked a century of producing clean, renewable power.

We are actively pursuing other means of increasing our role as an energy producer and, in 2012, built a 6 MW solar farm on our Port Allen lands on Kauai. In 2014, we expanded our renewable energy portfolio with a $24 million investment in a 12 MW solar facility on Kauai.

Recycled Aggregate

Grace Pacific is committed to working with government agencies and nonprofit organizations to support recycling programs. We believe that helping to preserve Hawaii’s limited natural resources and reducing deposits in community landfills is tied to our mission to enhance our islands.

In 2003, we began producing construction grade aggregate for the construction and road building industry with reclaimed asphalt pavement and concrete. We now recycle more than 100,000 tons of concrete and asphalt each year.

Our effort to lessen the burden on Oahu’s landfills does not end there. We continue to look for ways to reduce waste and protect our island home.

Grace Pacific truck
Grace Pacific workers

Warm Mix Asphalt

Grace has been a pioneer in the use of Warm Mix Asphalt in Hawaii. Warm Mix Asphalt technologies allow us to lower the temperatures at which the asphalt materials are mixed and placed on the road. The temperature reductions have the advantage of lower fuel consumption and decreasing the production of greenhouse gases. In addition, the end-product benefits include better compaction on the road and the ability to haul paving mix for longer distances.