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First state-mandated climate change mitigation meeting announced

The state announced today its first Hawaii Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission meeting on Oct. 11 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballrooms.

The meeting, the result of Act 32 signed into law by Gov. David Ige in June, requires the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the principles and goals adopted in the Paris climate accord.

In addition to a status update of the State Sea Level Rise Vulnerability & Adaptation Report due to the State Legislature at the end of the year, the meeting will also include an open discussion for the setting of the commission’s priorities. Gov. David Ige is expected to make an appearance.

The new commission is expected to provide direction, coordination and planning among state, county and federal agencies, and other partners about the reduction of greenhouse gases and climate change resiliency strategies. It will be administered by the state Department of Land and Natural Resources, and lead jointly by the chair of the BLNR and the director of the State Office of Planning.

The meeting, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Coral Ballrooms 1 and 2, is open to everyone. Visit climateadaptation.hawaii.gov for more details.

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