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 begin addressing this issue through its VISTA Climate Ready Corps.
Through a grant from the Corporation of National and Community Service (CNCS), six AmeriCorps VISTA members will join four key state offices 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 four offices through data collection, outreach, education, and information dissemination.
If you’re interested in helping us make Hawaii Climate Ready, consider applying for these exciting positions! Recruitment starts NOW, see below for details!
Right-brained AND left-brained? Join the Department of Land and Natural Resources in implementing a fresh new strategy to bring science-based climate change information to our vulnerable communities in Hawaii. Help us provide critical information to vulnerable communities across the State about flooding due to climate change and sea level rise impacts on their community and individual assets; and help them plan for and recover from such disasters and events .
Help the Hawaii Department of Health provide affordable transportation options for vulnerable groups. Develop a transportation equity working group and workplan that addressing disparities in health, safety, and access in our transportation system.
Help the Office of Planning achieve its goals to increase community resilience and equitably prepare vulnerable populations for future climate change challenges. Play a key role in building capacity to address the impacts of climate change in island communities, with particular focus on strategies that support low-income and ALICE communities for whom poverty creates disproportionate economic burdens to adapt.
Help the Hawaii 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.
Help the Hawaii 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.
Help the Hawaii State Energy Office lift vulnerable communities out of poverty by lowering their transportation costs, decreasing the potential negative impacts and improving the benefits of transportation 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.