Strategic Planning and Coordination

EPO assists with Environmental Health Administration (EHA) strategic planning, development, communication, coordination, and implementation.

EHA’s various objectives, roles, plans, partners and milestones are incorporated into the Department of Health Strategic Plan and Strategy Map available at:

EPO strives to align EHA activities with the frameworks and visions set forth by our leaders and partners at the state and federal levels.  Links to their strategic plans are provided below.


Environmental Health Administration (EHA): Guiding Strategic Plans 


I. State of Hawaii, Administration of Governor David Y. Ige


  A. Environment Plan, 2015-2019

  1. Direct the newly-created Pacific-Asia Institute for Resilience and Sustainability, to mitigate risks from natural and man-made hazards, as well as to develop solutions for sustainable economic growth and adaptive plans for climate change.
  2. Move for implementation of Department of Health rules that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  3. Increase funding to control the damage by invasive species through prevention, control, and outreach activities. An immediate action will be to step up the inspection of baggage and cargo for invasive species.
  4. Provide funding to protect Hawaii’s watersheds to ensure a continuous supply of clean drinking water for all.


Environmental Initiatives

Click on the 4 intiatives to learn more.

1. Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Health Impacts Concept MapClimate change is having wide-reaching impacts in Hawaii.  EPO assists various DOH Programs in incorporating climate change considerations as they move forward with their work, and communicates climate change’s impact–both current and anticipated– to the public and public health stakeholders.

2. Greenhouse Gas Reduction

Reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in Hawaii is of vital importance.  In order for the United States to lead the world back to a sustainable climate footprint, states like Hawaii must reduce their GHG emissions.   DOH’s Clean Air Branch worked diligently on getting new Greenhouse Gas Rules passed.

3. Vector & Disease Control

DOH works with state and federal partners to ensure that new human diseases and potential vectors for those diseases do not become established in the islands.

4. Clean Drinking Water

WQS GirlProtecting Hawaii’s watersheds continues to be DOH’s mission, ensuring a continuous supply of clean drinking water for all.  The Clean Water Branch is planning to conduct studies to examine the effects of changing weather patterns and ocean chemistry as a result of climate change.  The Safe Drinking Water Branch is working to update its Water Quality Standards…


~B. Department of Health (DOH) Strategic Plan (

~C. Environmental Health Administration (EHA) Long-Range Strategic Goals

Greenhouse Gas Emissions 1990-2010 (MMTCO2Eq)*
Greenhouse Gas Emissions By Type 1990 2010 2020 Goal
Energy 8.08 8.85 8.08
Ground Transport 3.23 3.1 3.23
Marine Transport 1.65 2.15 1.65
Freight 1.53 1.37 1.53
Waste 0.85 1.1 0.85
TOTAL 15.34 16.57 15.34
Wastewater Reuse
Calendar Year Total Wastewater Treated (MGD)* Wastewater Reused (MGD) Percentage Reused
2013 133 21.12 15.88%
2014 134 22.00 16.42%
2020 Goal 20.00%
Tons of Solid Waste Recycled
Year Generated Disposed Diverted Percent Diverted
2010 1,786,343 1,159,027 627,316 35%
2020 Goal 50%
2030 Goal 70%



II. Federal, U.S. Administrative Agencies and Departments


~A.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  1. EPA Strategic Plan, 2014-2018
  2. EPA Region 9 (Pacific Southwest) Strategic Plan, 2011-14

~B.  Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

  1. HHS Strategic Plan, 2014-2019
  2. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Strategic Priorities, 2014-2018



“Hili hewa ka manao ke ‘ole ke kūkākūkā.”
Discussion brings ideas together into a plan.


Environmental Planning Office
919 Ala Moana Blvd., Room 312
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: (808) 586-4337

Last update: 9/30/2016