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OFFICE OF CLIMATE CHANGE, SUSTAINABILITY AND RESILIENCE (OCCSR)

January 2021 – December 2023
  1. CLIMATE ACTION PLAN
    OCCSR finalized the City’s first-ever Climate Action Plan (CAP), a community-driven, science-based strategy for Oʻahu to advance equity, support affordable living and combat climate change.
  2. CLIMATE ADAPTATION STRATEGY
    OCCSR authored and published Honolulu’s First Climate Adaptation Strategy: Produced the City’s first-ever climate adaptation strategy—called Climate Ready O‘ahu—a community-driven, science-based strategy for Oʻahu to address today’s climate impacts and take early steps to keep O‘ahu safe against tomorrow’s coming climate challenges.
  3. FEDERAL AND PRIVATE GRANTS TO ADVANCE CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION
    OCCSR secured nearly $12 million in federal, state and private grants for the City to implement climate action and adaptation, community resilience and local agriculture and food waste management projects, including from six different federal agencies (FEMA, DOT, USFS, USDA, EPA, DOD).
  4. FLEET MODERNIZATION AND CONVERSION TO ELECTRIC FLEET
    OCCSR established the City Fleet Modernization Working Group, conducted fleet electrification workshops with City agencies and established a policy directive and procedures for the City’s successful electric and renewable fleet conversion by 2035.
  5. O‘AHU GOOD FOOD PROGRAM
    In partnership with the Office of Economic Revitalization (OER), OCCSR launched the O‘ahu Good Food Program to facilitate institutional purchasing of local agriculture products and support a robust local agriculture sector, keeping more money on island, reducing import dependence and increasing demand for local agricultural products.
  6. BUILDING BENCHMARKING
    OCCSR initiated existing buildings’ utility savings support through a first round of annual building benchmarking and the promotion of federal resources to further support costs, energy and water savings, while also advancing climate action.
  7. AUTHORED AND PUBLISHED HONOLULU’S FIRST LONG-TERM DISASTER RECOVERY PLAN
    OCCSR produced the City’s first-ever Long-Term Disaster Recovery Plan, a decision-support framework for effective interagency, intergovernmental and community coordination to address long-term recovery following a major disaster.
  8. COMMUNITY RATING SYSTEM
    OCCSR took steps to maintain local flood insurance affordability and improve flood risk management by joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). This program reduced property insurance rates for Honolulu property owners.
  9. SHORELINE SETBACK AND SHORELINE MANAGEMENT
    OCCSR, in partnership with the Department of Planning and Permitting, developed and facilitated the adoption of improved and place-based safety measures for new coastal development, marking a significant step towards addressing sea level rise impacts on coastal properties and preservation of beaches.
  10. UPDATED BUILDING ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE
    OCCSR, in partnership with the Department of Planning and Permitting, and through an inclusive engagement process with the developer community, facilitated the adoption of balanced energy conservation and performance measures for new construction that advances energy efficiency and better prepares new buildings and occupants for the impacts of climate change, while supporting long-term housing affordability.