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New York City as a Sustainable City


Apr 07, 2011 - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Columbia University, Low Library, Faculty Room

You are invited to attend New York City as a Sustainable City, a panel discussion sponsored by the Earth Institute, the Urban and Social Policy Concentration at the School of International and Public Affairs, the Master of Public Administration program in Environmental Science and Policy and the M.S. in Sustainability Management, to be held on April 7, 2011, from 5 to 7 pm.

New York City is, to the surprise of many, one of the most energy-efficient places in the United States – the energy consumption and carbon dioxide output of New Yorkers is one-quarter of the national average, and the city is on target to meet a number of sustainability goals in the next 20 years, including planting one million new trees and converting an entire fleet of taxicabs to fuel-efficient vehicles and hybrids. But with close to 20 million people living in the Tri-State area, the continued sustainability of such an environment is still a constant concern.

The panel, moderated by Steve Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University and Director, M.S. Sustainability Management, will feature David Bragdon, Director of the Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the New York City Mayor’s Office; Cas Holloway, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection; Bill Solecki, Director of the CUNY Institute of Sustainable Cities; and Ester Fuchs, Founder of the Center for Urban Research and Policy and Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Participants will discuss both signs of progress and deficiencies in the effort to make New York City a sustainable city, touching on government initiatives in this area as well as the role of the private sector. Though issues of sustainability are being recognized on an increasingly global scale, it is local actions that will likely provide many of the solutions to these large-scale problems. Find out from the panel’s speakers, decision-makers and experts in urban sustainability, how New York City can play a large leadership role in this transformation.

If you have questions about the panel or would like to RSVP, please contact Andrea Schecter at aschecter@ei.columbia.edu or 212-851-0772.


Watch a video of the March 7 panel discussion, Bringing Sustainability into Routine Management Decisions.