The Australia Institute Tasmania and the Tasmanian Way will host Celeste Connors, Executive Director of Hawaii Green Growth and Board Member of the Global Island Partnership to Tasmania. The visit is an opportunity to meet with State Government, Local Councils, business leaders and community representatives to share, learn and explore how Tasmania can work with Hawaiʻi and other islands, states and economies around the world to build resilience and enhance sustainability.
Inspiring Islands is a public event to engage Tasmanians interested to learn more about how Tasmania can learn from Hawaii in stepping forward as a global leader in resilience and sustainability.
Celeste Connors has twenty years of experience working at the intersection of economic, environment, energy, and international development policy. Before joining Hawaii Green Growth, she was CEO and co-founder of cdots development LLC, which works to build resilient infrastructure and services in vulnerable communities. Celeste previously served as the Director for Environment and Climate Change at the National Security Council and National Economic Council in the White House where she helped shape the Administration's climate and energy policies under Bush, Clinton and Obama. Prior to joining the White House, Celeste served as a diplomat in Saudi Arabia, Greece, and Germany. She also held positions at the U.S. Mission to the UN, served as the Climate and Energy Advisor to the Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, and worked for City of New York. Celeste is faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in the Energy, Resources and Environment Program. She holds an MSc in Development Studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a BA in International Relations from Tufts University. Celeste is a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations, Global Island Partnership Board Member, and serves on the board of America’s Service Commission.
Hawaii Green Growth is a statewide public-private partnership that brings together diverse stakeholders committed to economic, social and environmental priorities. Hawai‘i Green Growth supports a shared vision for a more sustainable, resilient Hawai‘i grounded in time-bound goals and measures, concrete action, and a culture of collaboration. Hawaii Green Growth supports locally driven solutions to global sustainability challenges: www.hawaiigreengrowth.org/
The Global Island Partnership promotes action to build resilient and sustainable island communities for all islands. With the leadership of the Presidents of Palau, Seychelles and Marshall Islands with the Prime Minister of Grenada and Premier of the British Virgin Islands, it is a partnership of more than fifty members that have assisted thirty five leaders to launch visionary commitments and leverage more than $150m to support implementation: www.glispa.org