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May 17: Climate Change

Climate Change:  Impacts and Solutions for Hawaii

As an island state with a tourism-based economy, Hawaii is especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as warming air temperatures, sea level rise, shoreline erosion, and rising ocean temperatures.  What is the impact of climate change on our businesses and community? How can we deal with those impacts? What are the strategic goals of the City’s new Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency?

Dr. Chip Fletcher is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Geology and Geophysics at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. Dr. Fletcher’s research focuses on understanding the impacts of sea level rise on island shorelines.  He provides frequent updates on Climate Change through his Facebook page. “Climate Change: What the Science Tells Us.”

Josh Stanbro is Chief Resilience Officer and Executive Director of the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency for the City and County of Honolulu.  He brings a track record of developing cross-sector partnerships to his role in Mayor Caldwell’s administration. He previously served as Environment and Sustainability Program Director for the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation and headed The Trust for Public Land’s Hawaiʻi Office. 


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