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Lessons of Climate Resilience in New York City


Oct 19, 2016 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.


Columbia University, Low Library

New York City has been a proven leader in long-term sustainability planning, but Hurricane Sandy was a profound wake-up call for all New Yorkers that showed how vulnerable the City was to extreme weather events. NYC's Office of Recovery and Resiliency is charged with leading the City’s efforts to build a stronger, more resilient New York and implementing recommendations laid out in ‘One New York: The Plan for a Strong and just City.’

Where does the city stand now in the implementation of its plan? What else can the city do to be more resilient and protect New Yorkers from the harmful impacts of extreme events? Moderated by the Earth Institute’s Steven Cohen, and featuring Curtis Cravens, George Deodatis, Kate Orff, and Adam Sobel, this panel discussion will focus on how New York City – and other cities like it – can take steps to become stronger and more resilient in the face of climate change.

Co-sponsored by the Earth Institute and the MPA-ESP Program. Reception to follow.

Event Contact Information: Hayley Martinez, hmartinez@ei.columbia.edu.


Steven Cohen, Executive Director, the Earth Institute and Professor of Practice, School of International and Public Affairs

George Deodatis, Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family Professor; Chair, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics

Kate Orff, Associate Professor, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Director, Urban Design Program

Adam Sobel, Professor of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics and of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Director, Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate

Curtis Cravens, Senior Advisor for Coastal Resiliency, New York City Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency