The Commission is eager to address the impacts of climate change and related policies on vulnerable populations and communities through its Climate Ready 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 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. 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 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.
Help the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (DOH) provide affordable transportation options for vulnerable groups. Support a transportation equity working group and help develop a workplan that addresses disparities in health, safety, and access in our transportation system.
Help the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation (HDOT) incorporate resilience measures into the Highways Division’s and policies, and so, 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 transportation strategies that support low-income and ALICE communities for whom poverty creates disproportionate economic burdens to adapt.
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.
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.”
Help the Hawaiʻi 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.”