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Futureproofing Our Cities

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013

Resilience, as a concept and term, has received a great deal of attention since Superstorm Sandy, because it addresses mitigation and adaptability, while addressing both minimizing and relief from economic and social suffering. As the functional realities of the weather impacts of accelerating climate change become more apparent, resilience increasingly seems to be an appropriate replacement concept for sustainability as an organizing principle for urban planning and growth.

Using the New York metropolitan region as a case study, the goal of the conference is to focus on the costs and benefits of remaking our urban built and natural environments into areas that can effectively confront a future of a "new normal."

Sponsor: The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College, CUNY

Participants: Andrew Castaldi, Sr - V.P & Head of Catastrophe Perils Swiss Re; Patrick Crittenden - Director, Sustainable Business Pty Ltd; Caswell Holloway (Invited) - Deputy Mayor for Operations NYC Mayor's Office; Richard Kauffman - Chairman, New York Energy Policy and Finance; Raymond T. Mellon - Senior Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara; Michelle Moore (Invited) - Sr. Advisor, Director's Office, White House OMB; Frances B. Reid - Director of Environmental Planning, Town of North Hempstead; Andrew Revkin - Sr. Fellow for Environmental Understanding Pace University, Academy for Applied Environmental Studies; Jennifer Rimmer - Director of Strategic Initiatives and Sustainability, Northeast Region, AECOM; Jonathan F.P. Rose (Invited) - President Jonathan Rose Companies; William Solecki (Invited) - Director CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities; Elizabeth Brooke Stein - Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund; Robert K. Watson - CEO & Chief Scientist ECON Group; Elizabeth Zeldin - Program Director, New York Office Enterprise Community Partners

Date: Thursday, March 14, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

Location: The William and Anita Newman, Conference Center, 151 East 25th Street, Room 750

RSVP: Baruch College