Post-Sandy Resiliency Planning in NYC
You'll learn about:
How New York City is addressing multiple issues of resiliency: coastal flooding, severe rainfall, heat waves, and social resiliency.
How the city prioritizes projects to address the risk faced in a city of 8.5 million residents.
The legal and financial constraints facing resiliency planners in New York City.
Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated the City's vulnerability to coastal storms. With 520 miles of coastline, New York City has been exposed to these risks since its founding. Over the past 400 years, the City's shoreline has been developed and modified in ways that have contributed to increased risks from coastal storms. Now, a changing climate is adding to the risks.
In 2015, New York City released OneNYC, a plan for strong growth, sustainability, resiliency, and equity. After months of research and conversations, the city found fundamental, cross-cutting challenges and opportunities ahead for New York City as it enters its 5th century. Among the greatest challenges to address are the risks the city faces from natural and manmade forces. The city’s neighborhoods, economy, and public services must be ready to withstand and emerge stronger from the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats. The City will adapt buildings throughout the five boroughs to withstand and recover from extreme weather events and other hazards, while continuing to serve residents and businesses during normal conditions. The risks from climate change and other 21st century threats will further challenge the resiliency of the city's aging infrastructure for years to come. The City aims to adapt infrastructure systems in the city and across the region to withstand the impacts of climate change, to ensure the continuity of critical services in an emergency, and to recover more quickly from service outages.
New York City residents and local institutions energize and anchor the neighborhood recovery process. The opportunities that come from long-term recovery operations should ensure that residents impacted by disasters are able to participate in their neighborhood recovery.
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, New York
Confirmed SpeakerAlyssa is the Assistant Commissioner for Planning and Development at NYC Parks, overseeing the Planning, Parklands, Revenue, Marinas, Operations and Management Planning and Audit departments. Her division guides agency decisions with respect to the development of the City’s park system to meet the recreational, social and environmental needs of New York City. In this role, she has spearheaded the creation and implementation of major initiatives, including the Community Parks Initiative, a $285 million framework for investing in under-resourced small parks across the City; Parks Without Borders, a program that opens the boundaries of parks to be inclusive of all New Yorkers; Anchor Parks, a $150 million program for investing in large parks across the city; and Walk to a Park, making progress to get 85% of New Yorkers within a walk to a park. She is responsible for Parks' real estate portfolio, and represents the agency in complex development projects and land use transactions, as well as directing over 400 park concessions under the Revenue division. She has expanded Parks engagement on waterfront, marinas and coastal projects, including developing Parks’ first systematic waterfront inspection and planning program, and guiding Parks’ role in climate change. Prior to working at Parks, Alyssa was an Executive Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, where she directed the Planning, Development and Transportation Divisions. During her tenure at NYCEDC, she successfully led a diverse set of waterfront, neighborhood development, transportation, open space and real estate projects. Her work includes the creation of the South Bronx Greenway and West Harlem Piers, unlocking the redevelopment of the Seward Park lots on the Lower East Side, facilitation of Columbia University’s Manhattanville campus expansion, sustaining and growing the East River Ferry service, initiating the City’s first wetland mitigation bank, and advancing strategies that promote economic development. Alyssa received an undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University and a graduate degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
Confirmed SpeakerAlan Cohn is Climate Program Director at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, where he develops cost-effective strategies to advance resiliency and prioritize investments in water and natural resources management. He coordinates national and international climate resiliency initiatives, promotes green approaches to drainage and water quality improvement, and advance studies of climate change impacts on water supply, stormwater management, and wastewater treatment. Alan managed development of the NYC Wastewater Resiliency Plan and contributed to the New York City Comprehensive Waterfront Plan, Green Infrastructure Plan, and PlaNYC: A Stronger, More Resilient New York. Most recently, he helped broker a Memorandum of Cooperation with the City of Copenhagen and is working to pilot innovative climate adaptation concepts from Copenhagen in New York City.
Confirmed SpeakerMichael Marrella, AICP, is the Director of Waterfront and Open Space Planning for the New York City Department of City Planning. Michael is responsible for directing waterfront, open space and climate resiliency policy for the agency and advises the Chair and members of the City Planning Commission on the planning and land use issues affecting waterfront and open space areas and climate adaptation planning. Michael serves as the primary liaison to a wide range of stakeholders including elected officials, community organizations, and private sector entities on matters of land use, zoning, economic development, and climate resilience related to waterfront and open space. Michael was also the Project Director for Vision 2020, New York City’s Comprehensive Waterfront Plan that received numerous awards, including the American Planning Association’s prestigious Daniel Burnham Award for Comprehensive Planning in 2012. Michael is an Adjunct Professor at the Pratt Institute and has lectured at numerous colleges and universities. Michael holds a BA from Vassar College and a Master in City Planning from MIT.
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Confirmed SpeakerJainey K. Bavishi is the Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency. She was appointed by Mayor Bill De Blasio in January 2017. Jainey leads the City’s OneNYC resiliency program, preparing the city for the impacts of climate change and other 21st century threats. This includes significant initiatives within the City’s multilayered resiliency program working to strengthen neighborhoods, adapt buildings, improve infrastructure and upgrade the coastline. She also serves as the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer as part of New York City’s participation in the 100 Resilient Cities program, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Jainey most recently served as the Associate Director for Climate Preparedness at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In this role, she led the implementation of the climate preparedness pillar of the President's Climate Action Plan. Prior to this, she served as the Executive Director of R3ADY Asia-Pacific based in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she was responsible for initiating, expanding and managing the start-up public-private partnership, which focused on enhancing disaster risk reduction and resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. Previously, she served as the Director of External Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor to the Administrator at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Washington, DC. She was also the Founding Director of the Equity and Inclusion Campaign, a coalition of community-based leaders in the Gulf Coast region that focused on recovery from Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, at the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation. Jainey has a Masters degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Bachelors degree in public policy and cultural anthropology from Duke University.