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Rick Bell

Executive Director, AIANY


Andrew Castaldi

Senior Vice President & Head of Catastrophe Perils, Swiss Re


Patrick Crittenden

Director, Sustainable Business Pty Ltd


Michael De Chiara

Founding Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP


Jill Eisenhard

Founder & Executive Director, Red Hook Initiative


Caswell Holloway

Deputy Mayor for Operations, NYC Mayor's Office


Richard Kauffman

Chairman, New York Energy Policy and Finance, NYS Governor's Office


Douglas C. Mass, P.E.

President, Cosentini Associates


Raymond T. Mellon

Senior Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara LLP


Jack S. Nyman

Executive Director, The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College


Frances B. Reid

Chief Sustainability Officer, Town of North Hempstead


Andrew Revkin

Environmental Journalist, The New York Times


Jennifer Rimmer

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Sustainability, Northeast Region, AECOM


Robert Schubert

Senior Vice President, Construction Boston Properties


Craig Schwitter

Managing Partner, Buro Happold


William Solecki

Director, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities


Elizabeth Brooke Stein

Attorney, Environmental Defense Fund


Robert K. Watson

CEO and Chief Scientist, ECON Group


Elizabeth Zeldin

Program Director, New York Office, Enterprise Community Partners

Futureproofing Our Cities

Urban Resilience, At What Cost?

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March 14, 2013

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Register Now for this Event

SUBJECT: Problems, Solutions and Pathways to Implementation

Event Location:
The William and Anita Newman
Conference Center
151 East 25th Street, Room 750
New York, NY 10010

The Steven L Newman Real Estate Institute

The Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute (NREI) of Baruch College at the City University of New York is proud to present a timely and topical half-day conference entitled: Futureproofing Our Cities: Urban Resilience, At What Cost?

Three basic options have been articulated in how to confront climate change:

  1. Mitigate
  2. Adapt
  3. Suffer

For approximately the last two decades, the emphasis has been on "sustainability," which principally has a mitigation focus. The emerging scientific consensus is that the window to avoid unmanageable climate impacts is rapidly closing; therefore, additional attention must be paid to the adaptation option.

"Resilience," as a concept and term, has received a great deal of attention since Superstorm Sandy pounded the New York metropolitan area. Indeed, months after the event large tracts of area still look like disaster zones and thousands of people continue without energy or water and, in many cases, homes. Resilience addresses both mitigation and adaptability, while at the same time addressing minimization of, or 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.

This important half-day NREI conference will focus on the economic challenges, opportunities, and pathways to creating urban regions that are more resilient physically, socially, and economically. In a dynamic and multifaceted way, diverse experts will address the key economic problems, discuss potential economic solutions, and the potential pathways that can bridge these problems and solutions. Using the New York metropolitan region as a case study, the goal of this high-level meeting 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."

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