Parker Kushima serves as part of the inaugural Climate Ready Hawaiʻi AmeriCorps VISTA cohort that is helping Hawaiʻi adapt to climate change impacts. He is the Transportation Affordability Specialist at the Hawaiʻi State Energy Office. Parker’s scope of work includes data research, survey, and analysis towards improving affordable transportation options for Hawaii’s low income and vulnerable communities. Parker strives to further his research to improve transportation options, affordability and accessibility for those who suffer financial burdens caused by high transportation and living costs and other inequalities in Hawaiʻi. Parker states, “we are making an effort to increase access to clean transportation for Hawaii’s vulnerable communities…”
Parker attended Princeton University and graduated in the Spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Science and Engineering in Electrical Engineering and a Certificate in Sustainable Energy. He has worked as a Kupu/Kamehameha Sustainability Fellow (summer 2017), where he worked with sustainability data, and on community efforts for the restoration of Punaluʻu Loʻi plots. As an Energy Engineering Intern (2018) with Hawaiʻi Energy, he helped create rebates for energy efficient technologies and joined Energy Advisors on energy audits. His work focuses on increasing sustainable energy in Hawaiʻi in a way that is equitable and respectful to native and vulnerable communities.
Parker is originally from ʻEwa Beach, Hawaiʻi, and graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 2015. In his free time Parker enjoys hiking, singing, flower arranging, and playing video games.