Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows

 2009-2010 Fellows

Tia Ferguson

As Project Coordinator at Dowling Company, Tia’s provides analysis and feedback for legislation related to real estate development in Maui County and Hawaii.  Her responsibilities include assuring project compliance with zoning and permitting regulations, community plans, and the proposed Countywide Policy Plan and Maui Island Plan. 

As a LEED Accredited Professional, Tia also contributes to the green development aspects of Dowling Company projects. Tia is actively involved in assessing project proposals’ level of sustainability as well as their affordability given available financing options, including federal grant monies as well as state and federal tax incentives.  Tia has participated in writing grant proposals for two federally-funded renewable energy projects for Dowling Company. 

Additionally, Tia has been involved in promoting a vision of sustainability for Makena Resort.  Her efforts include working to secure funds for a planned 5 megawatt solar farm and planning the creation of an Artificial Reef at Makena.  Tia also works to promote educational awareness of sustainability within the Maui community through the utilization of new media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube, and through more traditional means of exchange such as a blessing ceremony commemorating the installation of a solar photovoltaic system at the Makena Wastewater Reclamation Facility. 

Tia was born and raised in Kula, Maui.  Tia recently completed her undergraduate studies at Duke University, where she got her Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and a minor in Cultural Anthropology.  In her free time, Tia enjoys reading, running, and paddling outrigger canoe.