STCH Program coordinator, 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 program 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
HAWAII BICYCLING LEAGUE
Daniel has spent years working on bicycle advocacy and alternative transportation planning. He is a graduate on UH Manoa’s Urban Planning department, where his extra-curriculars included co-founding and coordinating Cycle Manoa. After college, Daniel worked as a transportation planner for Cape Cod National Seashore in Massachusetts and as a urban planner for Hawaii-based planning-firm Belt Collins. Daniel is an American Certified Institute Planner.
Hawaii State Energy Office
June is an Energy Analyst with the Hawaii State Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism. June has over 5 years of non-profit experience working in clean transportation, environmental conservation, and energy solutions. June has a MBA and a MA in Global Leadership and Sustainable Development from Hawaii Pacific University and is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Associate at the US Green Building Council. June’s love and respect for nature has been her motivation to seek a career and lifestyle committed to sustainability. She has been with Honolulu Clean Cities Coalition since 2011.
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.
As vice president of investments, Greg manages investment efforts including strategy evaluation and development, due diligence, financial modeling, and project support and oversight. Greg works on a variety of energy- and agriculture-related projects, including Hawaii Dairy Farms, Honolulu Seawater Air Conditioning and Ibis Networks, and serves on the boards of Bikeshare Hawaii and OpConnect Hawaii. He is also involved in sustainable transportation projects and local efforts to reduce the amount of vehicle miles travelled in the state.
“Ulupono has provided the opportunity to harness my financial background and interest in private equity to support Hawaii and ideally make a difference for generations to come.”
Greg earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Singapore. Prior to joining Ulupono, Greg was the head of strategy and financial planning at StubHub. In 2015, Greg was recognized as one of Pacific Business News’ Forty Under 40 and joined the class of the Pacific Century Fellows.
Fun fact: Greg does not know how to update LinkedIn.
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.
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII AT MANOA, DEPARTMENT OF URBAN & REGIONAL PLANNING (DURP)
- Doctor of Philosophy, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville (2014)
- Master of Science, Transportation Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville (2014)
- Master of Arts, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Florida, Gainesville (2010)
- Bachelor of Science, Geographical Information System, Southeast University, China (2008)
Development of Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning Procedures and Tools Using NOAA Sea Level Rise Impacts Viewer, Sponsored by NOAA, 2012 – 2014
A Spatial-Temporal Econometric Model to Estimate Costs and Benefits of Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Strategies, Sponsored by Florida Sea Grant, 2012 – 2014
- Transportation, Land Use and Air Quality, Sponsored by the Regional Planning Council of North Central Florida, 2010 – 2014
- 2040 Long Range Transportation Planning Socio Economic Report
- Regional Transportation Model Feasibility Study
- Transportation Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, prepared for MTPO for the Gainesville Urbanized Area
Impact Analysis of Changing Riverine Flood Frequencies Caused by Climate Change on Transportation Infrastructure and Land Use, University of Florida, 2009 –2010
Honolulu authority for rapid transit (HART)
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.