Climate Adaptation Research Analyst

Brittaney Key

Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council Administrative Assistant

Office of Planning and Sustainable Development

Email: [email protected]

  • BIO

Brittaney Key served as part of the inaugural Climate Ready Hawaiʻi AmeriCorps VISTA cohort that is helping Hawaiʻi adapt to climate change impacts. After her service as the Climate Adaptation Research Analyst, she went on to work as the Marine Coastal Zone Advocacy Council Administrative Assistant for the Office of Planning and Sustainable Development. She primarily supported 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 are best exemplified by her human-wildlife conflict and climate justice publications in the undergraduate journal, Prized Writing.

Brittaney graduated cum laude from the 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 provided 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. In addition to her administrative and logistical support, Brittaney published a Zoom instructions guide as part of the task force’s commitment to accessibility, and maintained the taskforce's webpages.  She also published an article about its activities in the American Planning Association Hawaiʻi Chapter’s Spring 2021 newsletter.
  • Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan: For the Hawaiʻi 2050 Sustainability Plan update, Brittaney researched, wrote, and produced a spotlight series of examples illustrating equity, sustainability, and climate resilience throughout the state. She also designed an ArcGIS StoryMap for the Plan.  
  • Equity in climate adaptation: Brittaney worked to produce an internal paper outlining equity issues in climate adaptation. This work is connected to the findings of the Commission's Permitted Interaction Group on Equity.