Our mission is to make sustainable living accessible, easy, affordable, and convenient for all.
Our vision is to spread the ideal of “Living Pono”: treating others and the environment with respect. We envision sustainability champions around the globe helping their communities become resilient, self-reliant, and sustainable, one business, home, and family at a time. We see a Pono Home as a healthier, greener, and more comfortable place to live that is good for you, your neighbors, and the planet.
Scott Cooney, Founder and CEO
Cooney has been a serial eco-entrepreneur since 2003, having started and grown five mission-driven companies, with three successful exits. He is a McGraw-Hill published author and former professor in the MBA program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he taught the first sustainable business course in the University of Hawaii system. He serves as the Chairman of the Board for his previous startup, Important Media, which is one of the top five sustainability media companies in the world, with 4 million monthly readers, and owns the world’s largest renewable energy news site (CleanTechnica). Cooney was featured on the cover of Pacific Edge Magazine’s sustainable business issue in 2015, nominated for “Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Hawaii Venture Capital Association in 2015 and for a Corporate Social Responsibility Award by Pacific Edge in 2016.
Sara Cobble, Chief Marketing Officer
Sara Cobble served as a RISE (Rewarding Internships for Sustainable Employment) Fellow for Pono Home and Elemental Excelerator in 2014 and was hired as Pono Home’s General Manager in 2015 and promoted to COO in 2016. Sara received her M.A. With Honors in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawai’i Pacific University in 2012 and graduated summa cum laude from the University of New Mexico with a B.A. in English and Print Journalism in 2009. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching group exercise classes, hiking, scuba diving, and dancing.
Anthony Ng, Operations Manager
Anthony Ng joined the Pono Home team in 2016 as a summer Intern and was hired as a technician after graduating from the University of Portland with a degree in Environmental Science in May, 2017. Now as the Operations Manager, he assists Sara in overseeing operations in Hawaii and also conducts home audits. Anthony was born and raised on the island of Oahu, graduated from Maryknoll High School, and is an Eagle Scout from Troop 42. During his free time and while not attending classes at Hawaii Pacific University’s Global Leadership and Sustainable Development graduate program, Anthony enjoys spending time outdoors, watching movies, acting like a food connoisseur, and spending time with family and friends.
Rachel Sherman, Business Development Associate
Rachel Sherman recently gained her Master’s degree from Hawai`i Pacific University’s Global Leadership and Sustainable Development program and found a home with Pono Home as a Business Development Associate. While living in Arizona, she received her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science while working at the National Park Service. Originally from Indiana, Rachel has lived in four different states and enjoys coaching and playing beach volleyball in her spare time. Fun fact: she got her twin sister to join her in living in Hawai’i.