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Honolulu Alum Heads Climate Policy for Sierra Club

Posted on Tuesday, September 12, 2023

Congratulations to Dr. Patrick Drupp on his promotion to director of climate policy for Sierra Club. The 2014 Honolulu ARCS Scholar joined the environmental non-profit in 2021 as deputy legislative director for climate and clean air. He studied marine geochemistry—focusing on the effects of climate change and ocean acidification on coral reef ecosystems—at the Univerrsity of Hawai‘i at Manoa's School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology,

Soon after assuming his new role, Dr. Drupp was called on to comment on the Environmental Protection Agency's 2023 announcement that greenhouse emissions had increased 5.5 percent during 2021. He called the report "a sobering reminder that while the U.S. and President Biden have made significant progress against deadly climate pollution, the job is far from finished. … The Biden Administration must use every option available to continue to protect our climate and public health, including equitable and just implementation of the Inflation Reduction Act paired with stronger EPA standards limiting dangerous air and water pollutants.

Read the ARCS National Newsletter interview.

Learn about his career profile in Oceanography Magaine, the official journal of the Oceanography Society.



Dr. Patrick Drupp headshot