About the Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency

The City and County of Honolulu's Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency (CCSR) was established by City Charter in 2016 with overwhelming approval by O‘ahu voters. CCSR is headed by an executive director who is appointed by the mayor. The executive director also serves as the City's Chief Resilience Officer. 

Climate change is the most important issue of our era, and we need local government leadership now more than ever. We in Hawai‘i stand with the over 190 countries who have come together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. At the City and County of Honolulu we are committed to a more resilient future where we not only survive, but adapt and grow in the face of change and uncertainty.
— Kirk Caldwell, Mayor

As mandated by charter, the office is tasked with seeking local information from scientists and tracking climate change science and potential impacts on city facilities, coordinating actions and policies of departments within the city to increase community preparedness, protecting economic activity, protect the coastal areas and beaches, and developing resilient infrastructure in response to the effects from climate change. Additionally, CCSR is tasked with integrating sustainable and environmental values into City plans, programs, and policies. 

The Climate Change Commission, consisting of five members with expertise in climate change in Hawai‘i, advises CCSR with the latest science and information on climate change effects in the City and provides advice to CCSR, the mayor, City Council, and executive departments of the City.