Clean Transportation Director
Shem is passionate about sustainable transportation and creating vibrant, healthy communities for everyone. Having lived in Honolulu since 1997, he comes to Blue Planet Foundation after spending six and a half years as a transit-oriented development (TOD) planner with the City and County of Honolulu. In his time with the City, he focused on promoting smart growth land use policies, affordable housing, and sustainable mobility thru walking, cycling, public transit, bikeshare, and carsharing.
Shem served as the project manager for the Honolulu Bikeshare Organizational Study. His efforts working with public and private sector stakeholders were critical to the founding of Bikeshare Hawaii, the non-profit organization currently working to implement bikeshare throughout the State. For several years he has been a leading advocate of carsharing, working to educate stakeholders and helping to craft legislation at both the State and County level that paved the way for the service in Hawaii.
He earned a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning Degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a Bachelor’s Degree with a major in Political Science from the same institution.
Clean Transportation Manager
Lauren is responsible for coordinating electric vehicle activities for Blue Planet Foundation and STCH, including year round EV ride and drive events and the annual Electric Island Drive. She is also the lead on STCH stakeholder outreach and assists the Clean Transportation Director with STCH program administration and the completion of U.S. Department of Energy Clean Cities program deliverables.
Lauren joined Blue Planet Foundation during the Spring of 2016 as an intern through the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities University Workforce Development Program. She continued on with the program in a part-time capacity from May of 2016 to May of 2017 in the role of EV Outreach Specialist. Upon receiving her Masters Degree in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development program from Hawaii Pacific University, Blue Planet Foundation hired her on full-time as the Clean Transportation Manager.
Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has an extensive background working with a variety of sustainable agriculture initiatives and organizations throughout Texas and Wisconsin.
STCH Advisory Board of Directors
June is a program manager with RISE, a professional development program of Kupu, and oversees fellows who are working with Energy Excelerator Demonstration and Go-To-Market companies.
June has a MBA and a MA in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University. She is also an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate at the US Green Building Council. June’s love and respect for plants and animals has been her motivation to seek a career and lifestyle committed to sustainability. She has been with Honolulu Clean Cities Coalition since 2011.
UH Manoa - Dept of Urban & Regional Planning (DURP)
Makena specializes in regional economy-environment modeling with expertise in energy policy. She teaches courses in Environmental Planning: Climate Change, Energy and Food Security in the Asia/Pacific Region, Environmental Valuation & Policy, Economics for Planners, Statistics, & Energy Policy.
Her current research includes assessing optimal mixes of renewable energies and energy efficiency programs to reach the Hawai`i Clean Energy Initiative goal of 40% renewable energy and 30% energy efficiency by 2030. She received her BA in International Relations from Stanford University, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Justine has worked on clean transportation projects with Federal, State, nonprofit, and industry stakeholders in Hawaii since 2010. As a KUPU-RISE intern, Justine helped to manage HCC’s USEPA “Hawaii Clean Diesel Initiative” grant and contributed to the USDOE “Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure” grant.
Under the Hawaii State Department of Health, Justine oversaw the Kailua based pilot bikeshare project, helping a team of stakeholders develop a bikeshare system framework to be expanded statewide. At Bikeshare Hawaii, Justine has developed proposals for capital improvement, community outreach, and program funding, focusing on bringing the community-building benefits of bikeshare to urban Honolulu.
Hawaii State Energy Office
At the Hawaii State Energy Office Margaret manages the Transportation Energy program predominantly geared towards accelerating the adoption of EVs and related charging equipment in Hawaii. Margaret also co- chairs the Hawaii Clean Energy Initiative's transportation working group and is a member of the Hawaii Clean Energy Policy Forum’s Transportation Group.
Jenna has extensive experience in, and knowledge of, biodiesel and is also very involved in outreach, education and marketing events for the company. Jenna was awarded top honors by the Sales and Marketing Professionals Association in the Sales and Marketing Executives International Green Services category.
Aki works closely with Elemental Excelerator’s community partners and portfolio companies to co-design projects across Hawaii and the Asia Pacific. Prior to Elemental Excelerator, Aki served as land use and sustainability manager for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) and transportation planner for Parsons Brinckerhoff, where she developed integrated solutions for sustainable development through stakeholder coordination, geospatial investigation, and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation.
Aki holds a Masters of City and Regional Planning from Cornell University and Bachelor of Arts in Growth & Structure of Cities from Haverford College. She focuses at the intersection of the built environment and communities, bringing a cross-disciplinary approach to solving energy challenges through the lens of mobility, land use, and social equity. Outside of the office, Aki attempts to defy gravity on the aerial silk and trapeze.
city & County of Honolulu - Dept. of Facilities Maintenance
Robert Primiano has been Coordinator for the HCC since 2001. He is an executive board member of the local APWA chapter and heads the fleet division for Honolulu's municipal fleet of over 2,300 vehicles and equipment. Since becoming the coordinator for the HCC, he has steered the City & County of Honolulu towards the use of B20 in its fleet and created the city's Fleet Greening plan. He has spent the past 30 years involved with management, procurement and maintenance of major local fleets.
Todd founded EvStructure in 2010, a company that combines EV charging, energy efficiency, solar carports and financing together. Todd and his team are considered experts in the field of the EV charging infrastructure. His experiences in energy efficiency, construction administration, HOA and public policy have made him part of over 3,260 EVSE installations nationally. Todd is an advisor to the State of Hawaii for EV Charging policy. He is an AEE accredited CEA, US Green Building Council LEED AP, and a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Ben is the President and COO of Bikeshare Hawaii, a non-profit organization working to bring a large-scale bikeshare system to Honolulu. He is an experienced entrepreneur and technologist. Ben helped to found the Interisland Terminal, Kaka‘ako Agora, and the R&D Bookstore and Cafe. Prior to Bikeshare Hawaii, he was with the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization (UHERO) where he was the architect of the UHERO Dashboard Project. He has held previous positions with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, the Hawaii International Film Festival and Google. He currently serves on the board of Common Cause Hawaii. Ben holds a BS in Computer Science from Stanford University and an MBA from the Shidler School of Business at University of Hawaii at Manoa.
U.S. Environmental protection agency - Region nine Hawaii
Asia Yeary is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 grant project officer and a liaison for sustainability work in Hawaii. Asia has been working in transportation since 2004. Currently, she manages 15 Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) grants and the Rewarding Internship for Sustainable Employment (RISE) program contract.
Asia is working in collaboration with federal, state and local governments, businesses and nonprofits to encourage sustainability, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and multi-modal transportation in Hawaii. She helped create the Rewarding Internship for Sustainable Employment (RISE) program and continues to give this program support and direction. Asia Yeary received her B.S. in Environmental Science and her B.A. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.