Welcome to our first newsletter! The Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency was created by voters in 2016 and launched in mid-2017. We are excited to highlight just a few of the efforts that are placing Oʻahu at the leading edge of a growing climate change and resilience movement. Over these past 10 months, our city has made significant progress and strong commitments, including:
  • A commitment to abide by the Paris climate agreement. Hawaiʻi is the only state in the US to have every county and the state united to uphold the international accord and stand with every nation on earth.
  • Setting a goal of having 35% of our urban areas shaded with tree canopy by 2035, and planting 100,000 new trees on Oʻahu by 2025 to beat the heat where we live and play.
  • A joint commitment from all four counties to achieve 100% renewable ground transportation by 2045. Oahu is leading the charge by committing to transition our entire City fleet to renewable sources by 2035. 
  • Transforming Honolulu to be more bike, pedestrian, and public transit friendly with the launch of Biki bikesharing, expanding bike lanes, and orienting development around rail and transit to improve our quality of life and ultimately reduce our carbon emissions.
Our office has also been talking to hundreds of citizens about what a Resilience Strategy should look like to help Oʻahu navigate 21st century challenges as climate change and other global forces impact our island home. Stay tuned to this newsletter and our social media channels for future updates!

A hui hou, 
Josh Stanbro, Executive Director and Chief Resilience Officer
We're #1! Honolulu Tops U.S. Cities for Solar Energy 
A recent Environment America Research & Policy Center report named the City & County of Honolulu first overall for megawatts of solar energy installed per capita in 2017, and noted that the City surged to #3 in the nation in total capacity.

In 2016, nearly 2,000 people were employed in solar jobs on Oʻahu, and solar permits issued in February 2018 on Oʻahu were 26 percent higher than the previous year – signaling the potential for expanded growth in the sector through 2018. The city’s Department of Planning and Permitting has worked with the renewable energy industry to streamline battery storage and photovoltaic (PV) approvals, which helped lead to the expansion.

In an effort to increase solar even further, Mayor Caldwell joined 180 other mayors from 42 states in co-signing a public letter to reiterate their support for clean, renewable energy. The move comes at a time when the current federal administration is rolling back Obama-era policies aimed at reducing climate pollution and encouraging renewable energy. 
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It's Electric! TheBus Pilot Project and Our Commitment to 100% Renewable Ground Transportation 
In December, all four county mayors joined Nainoa Thompson on Hōkūleʻa, and made a joint commitment to eliminate fossil fuels from ground transportation by 2045. This goal reinforces and strengthens the state's 100% renewable energy goal to reduce imported fossil fuels and cut carbon dioxide emissions. In March, the City partnered with Proterra to test a 100% electric bus. The 40-foot, zero-emission bus successfully completed its one-month trial run on O‘ahu and is now being tested on Maui. 
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Be a Changemaker with Chalk in Hand!

On April 21, thousands of students and community members will join Blue Planet Foundation and our Office to draw “blue lines” in chalk to mark the areas in their communities that will be impacted by sea level rise.

The recently released State Sea Level Rise and Adaptation Report projects 3.2 feet of sea level rise for our islands and over $12.9 billion in private property at risk on Oʻahu alone. In some areas, communities will face permanent displacement of their homes, businesses, and treasured places like parks, schools, and community centers.

The "blue line" will draw a bright line showing Oʻahu's future, and increasing awareness. Register here.

Climate Change Commission Launches!

The Climate Change Commission was created by Oʻahu voters with a mission to track the latest science on climate change, and advise the City Council, the mayor, and executive departments on how to best address climate change impacts on our island. Mayor Caldwell appointed Dr. Rosanna ‘Anolani Alegado, Dr. Makena Coffman, Dr. Charles Fletcher, Dr. Victoria Keener, and Bettina Mehnert as inaugural members of the commission, and all were unanimously confirmed by the City Council. 

In their first two meetings, the Commission has already begun assessing the City's vulnerabilities with regard to sea level rise and its effect on coastal areas. We encourage you to participate and track meeting agendas and minutes.
LED Street Lights: A Brighter Future

In March, the City began converting approximately 53,500 street lights across the island to more energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights. Once all of the street lights are replaced, the City is projected to save approximately $5 million per year through lower energy costs, lower maintenance needs, longer life cycles, and an improved ability to monitor energy use remotely.

"As an island state in the middle of the world's greatest ocean, Hawai‘i is one of the most vulnerable places on Earth to the impacts of climate change," said CRO Josh Stanbro. "If we want a safer, more sustainable future for our community, we must find ways to protect the Hawai‘i we love, and this will often require some changes. The new LED lights coming involve some small changes, but will result in big benefits to help our community thrive."

Go to to find out when LED lights are coming to your neighborhood.
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What is Resilience?

Listen to a conversation between CRO Josh Stanbro and 100 Resilient Cities Associate Director Eric Wilson during his recent visit from New York. 

They discuss what resilience is, and encourage the citizens of Oʻahu to get involved in creating our very first Resilience Strategy. Climate resilience is perhaps the most important issue for our island community in the 21st century, and our office encourages everyone's ideas and help to protect the Hawaiʻi we love.
We're in Your Neighborhood! 

In the past six months, we have visited over 100 neighborhood boards, Rotary clubs, student groups, and community associations across Oʻahu, asking what the citizens of our island want to see prioritized in a resilience strategy. Mahalo nui to the more than 2,100 individuals who have contributed their ideas and input as we wrap up our first phase of our Resilience Strategy process. We value your perspective – please provide your manaʻo by taking our Oʻahu Resilience Survey by April 27.


April 11, 7-9pm   
Presentation to the Kalihi Valley Neighborhood Board No. 16
Akira Sakima Recreational Center
1911 Kamehameha IV Road
Honolulu, HI 96819

April 12, 7-9pm
Attendance at the Koʻolauloa Neighborhood Board No. 28
Hauʻula Community Center
54-010 Kukuna Road
Hauʻula, HI 96717

April 12, 7-9pm
Presentation to the Diamond Head/Kapahulu/St. Louis Heights
Neighborhood Board No. 5
Ala Wai Clubhouse, 2nd Floor
404 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815

April 19, 3-5pm
Climate Change Commission Meeting
Mayor's Conference Room
Honolulu Hale, Room 306
530 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813

April 21, 9am-1pm
Visit our booth at Kailua Emergency Preparedness Fair
Christ Church Uniting Disciple & Presbyterians
1300 Kailua Road
Kailua, HI 96734

April 24, 6-7pm
Lecture: "Finding Hope Under a Dark Cloud"
Climate Change Commission Vice Chair, Dr. Chip Fletcher
Waikiki Aquarium Distinguished Lecture Series 
Tenney Theatre, St. Andrew's Schools
224 Queen Emma Square
Honolulu, HI 96813

May 12, 10am-2pm
Visit our booth at the Eastside Disaster Prepared Fair
Kahala Mall
4211 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816

May 12, 3-7pm
Visit our booth at the Maunalua Heritage Festival
i Kai Towne Center
333 Keahole Street
Honolulu, HI 96825

May 19, 10am-2pm
Visit our booth at the Mililani Emergency Preparedness Fair
Mililani Town Center
95-1249 Meheula Parkway
Mililani, HI 96789

May 22, 7-9pm
Presentation to North Shore Neighborhood Board No. 27
Waialua Elementary School
67-020 Waialua Beach Road
Waialua, HI 96791

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