Climate Adaptation Research Analyst

Brittaney Key

Climate Adaptation Research Analyst

Office: Office of Planning and Sustainable Development

Email: [email protected]

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Brittaney Key serves as part of the inaugural Climate Ready Hawaiʻi AmeriCorps VISTA cohort that is helping Hawaiʻi adapt to climate change impacts. She is the Climate Adaptation Research Analyst with the Office of Planning and Sustainable Development. She will primarily be supporting the Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force and the development of various statewide sustainability initiatives through research, communications, and analysis of equity impacts.

Brittaney has a broad foundation in the core sciences, environmental policy, and environmental justice. She has additional background in One Health, a transdisciplinary approach that recognizes the connections between human, animal, and environmental health within the context of influences such as culture, politics, and economics. Her ability and training is best exemplified by her human-wildlife conflict and climate justice publications in the undergraduate journal, Prized Writing.

Brittaney graduated cum laude from University of California, Davis with a B.A. in International Relations, and an emphasis in Global Environment, Health, and Natural Resources. She was awarded multiple merit-based scholarships, including the prestigious UC Regents Scholarship, was part of the University Honors Program, and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Brittaney plans to pursue a master’s degree in environmental science and policy in the near future.

  • State Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force: Brittaney provides staff support to the State of Hawaiʻi’s Greenhouse Gas Sequestration Task Force. Her service enabled the task force to restart its necessary public meetings after a year-long hiatus, and recently kicked off its first meeting of 2021 on February 16, 2021. In addition to her administrative and logistical support, Brittaney published a Zoom instructions guide as part of the task force’s commitment to accessibility. She also maintains the task force’s webpages.

  • Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan: The Statewide Sustainability Program is in the process of updating the Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan. Brittaney is the project lead for a spotlight series of case studies illustrating equity, sustainability, and climate resilience throughout the state.

  • Equity Playbook—Climate Adaptation: Brittaney, with her climate adaptation focus, is collaborating with the entire VISTA cohort to develop components of an Equity Playbook for the State’s Climate Commission. This work is an outcome of the findings of the Commission’s Permitted Interaction Group on Equity.