Seminars: Session Details

Session A4 (HSW)
Resilient City Planning
Time & Location 3:30PM - 4:30PM | Room 317A
Danielle Bass
State of Hawaii
Makena Coffman
UH Manoa Institute for Sustainability and Resilience
Joshua Stanbro
City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency
Andrew Tang
City and County of Honolulu Dept. of Planning and Permitting

This session gathers leaders from the City Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resilience, City Climater Change Commission, the newly formed University of Hawaii Institute for Sustainability and Resilience, and the State of Hawaii Office of Planning. The joint speaker presentation will focus on action plans, government implemented requirements, mandated laws, the State of Hawaii's 100% goals, and new pilot platforms that will shape the State of Hawaii's built environment related directly to Hawaii's environment. Sustainable strategies being implemented for ground up to incorporate the latest passive green strategies that will be used as a model for future City and State projects throughout Hawaii. With an ultimate goal of net zero energy, City and State offices are committed to take full advantage of the abundant sunlight and natural forces found throughout Hawaii. Speakers will also discuss various green strategies that daylight links between energy and resource management and building resiliency as climate change continues to alter Hawaii's landscape.

Danielle M. M. Bass is the sustainability coordinator for the State of Hawaii. A part of the state’s Business Economic Development and Tourism Department (DBEDT) and the state’s Office of Planning, Danielle emphasizes the comprehensive planning and coordination, and economic importance of Hawaii’s sustainability practices, policies and goals for state government, the private sector and non-governmental organizations. She previously served as the legislative manager and policy advisor of the Committees on Water and Land; Transportation; Health; Consumer Protection and Commerce; and Tourism and Cultural Affairs in the State House of Representatives.

Makena Coffman, PhD, is the director for the University of Hawaii-Manoa Institute for Sustainability and Resilience. She is a professor of urban and regional planning and teaches graduate courses in climate change and low carbon cities. She also is a Research Fellow with the university’s Hawaii Economic Research Organization, holds a BA in international relations from Stanford University and a PhD in economics from UH Manoa. Her research interests include greenhouse gas mitigation, energy policy and alternative transportation strategies.

Josh Stanbro is Honolulu’s chief resilience officer and serves as the executive director of the City’s Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency. He brings to this role a deep background in sustainability and developing cross-sector partnerships. Previously he served as environmental and sustainability program director for the Hawaii Community Foundation where he led the Hawaii Fresh Water Initiative and the Hawaii Environmental Funders Group. Prior to that he headed The Trust for Public Land’s Hawaii office. He holds a law degree from Berkeley Law.

After receiving his architecture degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Andrew Y.K. Tang practiced with prominent firms in The Netherlands for nearly 20 years. He has contributed to a wide range of international projects including strategic urban master plans, civic and cultural buildings, and resilient public space design. After completing the award-winning Rotterdam Central Station project, Andrew returned home to Honolulu in 2013 and is currently a senior TOD planner for the City's Department of Planning and Permitting. He continues to design and consult on projects outside of Honolulu.