The Commission is eager to address the impacts of climate change and related policies on vulnerable populations and communities through its Climate Ready Hawaiʻi VISTA Corps!
As climate change exacerbates weather patterns and extreme weather events, it is important to equip those who do not have the resources to recover and thrive as a result of even relatively “minor” disasters and impacts, particularly vulnerable low-income and ALICE communities. At present, no coordinated statewide effort exists to identify and address the impacts of climate change and related policies on vulnerable populations and communities. The Commission is eager to address this issue through its Climate Ready Hawaiʻi VISTA Corps.
Through a grant from Americorps, ten AmeriCorps VISTA members will be in seven key offices at the state and county level for a period of three years to address climate readiness and equity issues statewide that will help our most vulnerable communities thrive and be resilient in the face of climate change induced events and impacts. The program will integrate the climate change work of these seven offices through data collection, outreach, education, and information dissemination. All VISTA members will also work together on projects that transcend departments and offices, under the direction of the Climate Change Commission’s staff.
Only right-brained AND left-brained people need apply because you’ll be using your creativity AND research skills to help make Hawaiʻi climate ready! Recruitment starts soon, so stay tuned here and on our IG/FB accounts!
Help the state’s Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission (Commission) operationalize its mission through the Climate Ready Hawaiʻi VISTA cohort. The mission is to promote ambitious, climate-neutral, culturally responsive strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation in a manner that is clean, equitable and resilient. The VISTA Leader will build the capacity and sustainability of the State’s VISTA program while providing support to up to 10 members during their service year. The VISTA Leader will serve as a facilitator, trainer, and mentor of VISTA members, enhancing their capabilities, the success of their individual projects, and impact of the state’s community resilience and climate change work overall. As a member of the Climate Ready Hawaiʻi cohort, and to facilitate peer to peer learning, the VISTA member will identify learning needs and coordinate ongoing professional development of the cohort. Follow us on IG and FB!
Help the Hawaiʻi Green Infrastructure Authority (HGIA) conduct community outreach and energy education — to lift vulnerable and underserved communities out of poverty by lowering their energy costs. The VISTA member will play a key role in helping HGIA reach underserved ratepayers and help them understand the benefits of installing solar. Follow us on IG and FB!
Help the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office (HSEO) to lower transportation costs for underserved and vulnerable populations, decrease the potential negative impacts and improve the benefits of transportation energy projects. The VISTA will play a key role in helping HSEO build equity into its policies and programs to ensure “no one is left behind.” Follow us on IG and FB!
Help the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) on incorporating resilience measures into HDOT programs, policies, and projects. These resilience efforts touch on all HDOT’s core functions: planning, designing, constructing, operating, maintaining, funding, and protecting highway assets. HDOT recently completed the Highway’s Climate Adaptation Action Plan that provides a roadmap to make the highway system more resilient to climate-related effects. The VISTA Associate will assist in implementing the recommendations outlined in this report. Follow us on IG and FB!
Help the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office develop targeted outreach initiatives to better inform, educate and engage vulnerable communities in energy project decision making, access to energy conservation and clean energy resources to lower costs, increase living wage employment, and improve health and welfare outcomes. Follow us on IG and FB!
Help the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office lift vulnerable and underserved communities out of poverty by lowering their energy costs, decreasing the potential negative impacts and improving the benefits of clean energy projects, and providing higher wage, long-term employment opportunities. Play a key role in helping us build equity into our policies and programs to ensure “no one is left behind.” Follow us on IG and FB!
Help the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency (HI-EMA) prepare and implement a statewide Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and routinely conducts extensive exercises to test state and county emergency response capabilities. HI-EMA is the coordinating agency on emergencies of all kinds between federal and local agencies, including the four county emergency management agencies – Hawaii County Civil Defense, Maui Emergency Management Agency, City and County of Honolulu Department of Emergency Management, and Kauai Emergency Management Agency – and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). After an incident, HI-EMA conducts damage assessment surveys and advises the Governor on whether to declare an emergency and seek federal relief funds. The agency maintains a primary Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Diamond Head Crater, Honolulu. HI-EMA also operates State Warning Point, a state emergency communications center staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week. The center maintains statewide communications with county emergency officials and other partners. Follow us on IG and FB!
Help the Climate Commission support youth and community outreach efforts associated with Climate Action to develop ambitious, climate-neutral, culturally responsive strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Play a key role in climate change outreach through facilitating open house events, producing public education materials, conducting deep dive workshops, and more! Follow us on IG and FB!
Help the Hawaiʻi County Planning Department foster an improved quality of life for the island of Hawaiʻi’s communities through responsible and progressive planning to promote ambitious, climate-neutral, culturally responsive strategies for climate change adaptation and mitigation in a manner that is clean, equitable and resilient. Play a key role in supporting the Long-Range Division to uphold the community’s vision, facilitate public participation, and drive the policy foundation that helps shape a more equitable, resilient, and sustainable future for Hawaiʻi Island. Follow us on IG and FB!