Shem oversees the Sustainable Transportation Coalition of Hawaii (STCH) and leads Blue Planet’s efforts to help Hawaii move to 100% clean transportation. Shem brings to Blue Planet a passion for sustainable transportation and creating vibrant, healthy communities for everyone. He earned a masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
An Oahu resident since 1997, Shem comes to Blue Planet after spending six years as a transit-oriented development (TOD) planner with the City and County of Honolulu, where he focused on promoting smart growth land use policies, affordable housing, and sustainable mobility through walking, cycling, public transit, bikeshare, and carsharing. Shem also served as the project manager for the city’s HUD Community Challenge Grant Program, which resulted in the creation of the Honolulu TOD Affordable Housing Fund, a revolving loan fund providing financing to affordable housing projects near rail transit stations.
Shem got into his first car accident just five days after he got his driver’s license.
“Working to reduce the negative social, economic and environmental impacts of transportation has been a passion of mine for many years. Blue Planet Foundation gives me a platform from which to work on the front lines to make transportation in Hawaii more equitable and sustainable.”