CLEAN ENERGY WAYFINDERS

The Clean Energy Wayfinders is a new program to advance Hawai‘i’s clean energy goals through addressing energy inequities in vulnerable communities while creating jobs that launch a new generation of clean energy leaders.

ABOUT THE CLEAN ENERGY WAYFINDERS

The Clean Energy Wayfinders program is designed to reflect Hawai‘i’s rich cultural and historical tradition of wayfinding in which trained navigators helped lead their communities to a new place where they could sustain a better quality of life.

The Hawai‘i State Energy Office, working in partnership with the energy industry and community stakeholders, developed the program in response to community concerns about energy projects’ benefits and impacts on host communities that have made it clear that a more intentional effort must be made to reach out to include everyone in Hawai‘i to more effectively, efficiently, and equitably achieve our 100% clean energy and carbon-free economy goals.

The Clean Energy Wayfinders share information and opportunities for energy conservation and clean energy adoption with Hawai‘i’s schools, community organizations, and households — especially those in low- to moderate-income (LMI), asset-limited, income-constrained, employed (ALICE), and under-resourced communities — to help increase energy conservation and efficiencies, lower monthly energy utility bills, increase access to clean transportation and renewable energy resources, and promote green career training and employment opportunities.

With recruiting focused within the targeted communities, the Clean Energy Wayfinders receive energy and community outreach and engagement training to provide their communities with energy conservation, efficiency, clean energy, and clean transportation information, and to direct community organizations and households to programs and resources, including federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds, statewide Solarize initiatives, community-based renewable energy (CBRE) subscriptions, and clean energy workforce development opportunities.

In the process, Wayfinders help establish a channel of communication and build trust between communities, HSEO, county energy offices, and energy industry stakeholders. By helping to build community awareness through increased access to information and resources, Wayfinders help community members access green job opportunities and provide additional means for community voices to be heard by policymakers and project developers to more effectively collaborate and guide decision-making. Wayfinders also participate in networking opportunities with program and industry partners to promote living-wage green careers in Hawai‘i.

Wayfinders serve a one-year period of service and receive an hourly wage plus benefits.

OPEN POSITION WITH THE CLEAN ENERGY WAYFINDERS!

MEET THE WAYFINDERS

Peyton Flint

Peyton Flint

Kauaʻi

Community of Service: Hanapēpē and ʻEleʻele 

Lead Community Partner: Get Fit Kauaʻi

Why I Wanted To Be a Wayfinder: “I wanted to be a Wayfinder because I have a passion for helping people and the planet. I am so excited for this opportunity with the Wayfinders to give back to the beautiful islands and learn from the community. ” 

Malia McDonald

Malia McDonald

Oʻahu

Community of Service: Waiʻanae Moku

Lead Community Partner: Waiʻanae Economic Development Council

Why I Wanted To Be a Wayfinder: “I wanted to become a Wayfinder so I could be more involved in the renewable energy field and to help move Hawaiʻi to a more energy resilient future!”

Nickie Shintani

Nickie Shintani

Oʻahu

Community of Service: Waiʻanae Moku

Lead Community Partner: Waiʻanae Economic Development Council

Why I Wanted To Be a Wayfinder: “I wanted to be a Wayfinder because as someone who studied environmental science, I recognize the transition to a more sustainable society is necessary. Clean energy is an important aspect to that, and I wanted to help make it happen for Hawaiʻi.”

Cyrene Farrar

Cyrene Farrar

Hawaiʻi Island

Community of Service: Pāhoa

Lead Community Partner: Vibrant Hawaiʻi

Why I Wanted To Be a Wayfinder: “I wanted to be a Wayfinder because I love to see em-powered people!”

Kalehua Sproat-Augustiro

Kalehua Sproat-Augustiro

Molokai

Community of Service: Molokai

Lead Community Partner: Sustʻāinable Molokai

Why I Wanted To Be a Wayfinder: “I wanted to become a Wayfinder when I learned that I would be working within my own community as well as learning more about renewable energy. “

WAYFINDERS ALUMNI

Carly Ayukawa

Carly Ayukawa

Hawaiʻi Island

Community of Service: North and South Kona

Lead Community Partner: Vibrant Hawaiʻi

Why I Wanted To Be a Wayfinder: “I wanted to become a Clean Energy Wayfinder because of my commitment to a just energy transition that leaves no one behind.”

Nick Sinchek

Nick Sinchek

Oʻahu

Community of Service: Kahuku and Koʻolauloa

Lead Community Partner: Kahuku Community Association 

Why I Wanted To Be a Wayfinder: “The Clean Energy Wayfinder position sparked my interest, because it aligned with my passions of serving for our local community, as well as finding solutions to restore our ʻāina for future generations to come. Clean and renewable energy is one of the most pressing topics today. Having a background in Natural Resources and Environmental Management from UH Mānoa, I realized that this role would be a great opportunity for me to share relevant knowledge and skills with community members. “

Sally Barr

Sally Barr

Maui

Community of Service: Maui

Lead Community Partner: Hawaiʻi Farmers Union United Haleakalā Chapter

Why I Wanted To Be a Wayfinder: “I wanted to join the Wayfinders to help the local community’s vital manaʻo be heard and respected in the transition of getting Hawaiʻi off of fossil fuels.”

FIND A WAYFINDER NEAR YOU

CLEAN ENERGY WAYFINDER PARTNERS

Lead Community Organization Partners

Kupu ‘Āina Corps

The program has provided eight positions to help launch the initial year of the CEW program.

County Energy Offices

The county energy offices host and mentor Wayfinders, while aligning CEW program and county-level clean energy goals.

Major Partners

The CEW program has strong support from several partners.

Hawaii Ocean

Click here to see the presentation about the Wayfinders program. To schedule a presentation or to learn more about the Clean Energy Wayfinders program, contact [email protected].

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