New Hawaii Climate Commission Coordinator Announced


    Lea Laramee

Leah Laramee, who served as Acting Coordinator of the National Commission on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation, has officially assumed the role of Coordinator.

Laramee took the coordinator job on Monday, the state Department of Lands and Natural Resources said in a news release today.

“I am honored to join the Climate Commission as coordinator. I intend to continue to support the Commission’s mission to promote ambitious, climate-neutral and culturally appropriate strategies for the adaptation and mitigation of climate change in a clean, equitable and resilient way,” said Laramee in a statement.

She had been acting coordinator for five months, during which the DLNR said it worked with the University of Hawaii to produce a policy paper on the White House’s Justice40 initiative, which invests in submerged disadvantaged communities. by pollution, and helped pass a state law this year. which established the Hawaii Carbon-Smart Land Assistance pilot program that provides incentives for carbon sequestration activities.

Prior to this position, Laramee was a natural resource planner in the Forestry and Wildlife Division of DLNR.

“The Commission is delighted to have Leah as its new coordinator. Her diverse background in climate change planning, policy and action in Hawaiʻi will be key to her success in this role. We look forward to seeing how Leah advances the Commission’s mission and priority projects,” Suzanne Case, co-chair of the climate commission and chair of the DLNR, said in a statement.

Laramee holds a Masters in Natural Resource and Environmental Management from UH Manoa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a minor in political science.