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Assessing and Addressing Honolulu's Resilience in the 21st Century

  • Judiciary History Center (Aliiolani Hale) 417 South King Street Honolulu, HI, 96813 United States (map)

In 2016, O‘ahu voters approved a City Charter Amendment to create an Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency. Several months prior, Honolulu was selected into the third and final round of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network, joining global cities in addressing pressing 21st century challenges around climate change, urbanization, and globalization.

The presentation will cover the Office and its charter mandate; introduce the process of approaching resilience through assessing and addressing shocks and stresses, including early identified challenges and short-term actions already taken; and, discuss the Office’s investigations into identified resilience challenges.

Matthew Gonser joined the City and County of Honolulu’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency in October 2017. He serves as the Coastal and Water Program Manager, with attention to community planning and design, natural hazards and climate change mitigation, sea level rise and climate change adaptation, and green infrastructure and storm-water management.

If you require accommodation for a disability, please call JHC 539-4999.