Dr. Atkin (Ph.D., Biology, Princeton University) has 31 years of planning experience in both the public and private sectors. His career began with the New Jersey Department of Energy where he managed a program to reduce the adverse environmental impacts of coastal energy development. He worked with the Hawaii Energy Office in the mid-1990’s examining energy use in the State’s transportation sector. Recent energy projects include helping the Energy Office develop a guide to renewable energy facility permits, and assisting the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) on a web-based tool to decipher environmental permits needed for renewable energy projects. Dr. Atkin has managed or made major contributions to a range of local transportation projects including the Hawaii Intermodal Management System, the Oahu Intra-Island ferry demonstration project, expansions of Barbers Point Deep Draft Harbor and Hilo Harbor, and his current assignment on the environmental permitting of Honolulu’s rail transit project. He was appointed by the Governor of Hawaii to the State’s Environmental Council in 2007, where he currently chairs its Exemptions Subcommittee.