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Resilient Cities, Livable Futures

Monday, March 20, 2017 at 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center 63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100, New York, NY 10003

Resilient Cities, Livable Futures

Urban Resilience to Weather-related Extreme Events in the US and Latin America

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Join researchers from the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) alongside practitioners, government representatives, and environmental justice leaders from 10 United States and Latin American cities who will share progress, challenges, and needs for building resilience to climate change in cities.

From coastal flooding to intense heat and drought, cities across the United States and Latin America must prepare for futures where extreme weather events occur with increasing frequency and intensity. At the same time, these cities are working to become more just, inclusive, and sustainable. UREx SRN is addressing these challenges in a network of 10 cities collectively home to over 45 million people, including New York City, Phoenix, Portland, Syracuse, Miami, Baltimore, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Valdivia, Chili, and Hermosillo and Mexico City in Mexico.



8:00 - 8:45 a.m. Registration


9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

  • Michelle DePass / Dean and Director, Tishman Environment and Design Center

  • Chuck Redman / School of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Phoenix

  • Nancy Grimm / School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Phoenix

  • Timon McPhearson / Urban Ecology Lab, The New School, New York City

9:30 a.m. New York City Keynotes

  • Dan Zarrilli / NYC Mayor’s Office for Recovery and Resiliency, New York City

  • Cecil D Corbin-Mark / WE ACT for Environmental Justice, New York City

  • Jennifer Bolstad / Local Office Landscape and Urban Design, New York City

  • Walter Meyer / Local Office Landscape and Urban Design, New York City

11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion

12:00 p.m. Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. Uoeee Postdoc Focus Group

2:00 p.m. City Practitioner Leads Panel

  • Kristin Baja, Climate and Resilience Planner, Baltimore City Office of Sustainability

  • María Guadalupe Peñuñuri-Soto, Dirección General, Instituto Municipal de Planeación Urbana de Hermosillo (IMPLAN), Hermosillo

  • Carlos Tamayo, Civil Engineer, City of Miami Beach

  • Jessica Fain, Program Director for Policy, Planning and Engagement, Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRIJB), New York

  • Mark Hartman, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Phoenix

  • Jennifer Belknap Williamson, Division Manager, Asset Systems Management, Bureau of Environmental Services, City of Portland

  • Ingrid Vila Biaggi, Embajador, EPA Asociación de Aguas Urbanas, San Juan

  • I.Holly Rosenthal, Deputy Executive Director – Strategic Initiatives, Onondaga County Water Authority (OCWA), Syracuse

  • Cristóbal Lamarca, Director Ejecutivo, Activa Valdivia, Consorcio Valdivia Sustentable, Valdivia

3:00 p.m. City Comparisons Working Group Session

4:30 p.m. Practitioner Dialogue


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Presented by the Urban Ecology Lab, Environmental Studies Program, and Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School and supported by the National Science Foundation and local partners at NYU, CUNY-Hunter, as well as Arizona State University, and Global Studies and Urban Studies at The New School.

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