In 2018, the Office of Environmental Quality Control (OEQC), part of the Hawaii Department of Health, started the process of updating Hawai’i’s Administrative Rules for Environmental Impact Statements.
According to state law, the Environmental Council must request feedback from affected agencies; anticipating very detailed feedback from a range of stakeholders, staff needed a tool that simplified keeping track of the input received, without wasting time sorting and filing away comments received via email or long Word Documents.
OEQC launched a public consultation on the update using Konveio:
The Konveio app provided OEQC with a platform that is simple to manage and while providing improved access for the public, due to its user-friendly interface. “The setup and administration experience were great. Setup was simple and straightforward, and Konveio staff promptly attended to any questions or functionality suggestions we had.” - said Zackary Stoddard, Planner at the Department of Planning and Permitting, Honolulu Government.
OEQC received 100s of comments, including suggestions on community involvement, potential risks as perceived by residents, concerns over environmental issues and general public support for the revision process. This reflects on active engagement, beneficial for the project’s transparency, quality and implementation process.