Mobilizing Transit-Avoided Carbon

Client
Metropolitan Transportation Authority Headquarters
Faculty
Kei Hayashi
Team
Daniel Cawley, Julliard Lin, Joy Tsai, Felix (Jianhao) Zhou

Four out of every five New York City rush-hour commuters travel using public transportation, making the New York State Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) perhaps the single largest source of greenhouse gas avoidance in the nation. MTA’s Sustainability Initiatives office engaged a Capstone team to analyze the monetization of transit-avoided carbon and potential participation in a carbon market, an exchange of carbon credits designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Recognition of this positive externality could contribute toward better maintained facilities and fleets, expansion of services, and additional funding for sustainable projects. The Capstone team investigated existing carbon trading models and green financing schemes, and conducted interviews with stakeholders. In its final report, the team provided recommendations on feasibility and potential routes, incorporating feedback from participants in industry, academia, and the public sector. The team also developed a presentation on MTA’s supply of transit-avoided carbon and its value in future sustainability initiatives.

Neighborhood Revitalization Plan

Client
Bronx Community Board 9
Faculty
Michael Keane
Team
Krystal Gittens, Erin Godwin, William Jett, Bryan Scotland

The largest community board in the Bronx, Bronx Community Board 9 (CB9), serves the communities of Bronx River, Castle Hill, Clason Point, Harding Park, Parkchester, Park Stratton, Soundview/Bruckner, and Unionport. CB9 is currently conducting a long-term planning initiative to understand existing resident needs and develop strategies for neighborhood revitalization and investment. Working with CB9 and local stakeholders, a Capstone team analyzed existing conditions within the community, identified strengths and opportunities, and formulated recommendations and implementation strategies to guide community development initiatives. The final plan laid the groundwork for future land use and public policy efforts aimed at creating a dynamic, mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhood with affordable housing, job-rich commercial and retail uses, and new publicly accessible open space.

Gentrification Toolkits

Client
Bloomberg Associates
Faculty
Kate Sargent
Team
Tricia Dietz, Cammie Flippen, Max Meltzer, Erin Rose, Yufei Yu

Bloomberg Associates is an international consulting service founded by Michael R. Bloomberg in 2014 as a philanthropic venture. Directed by a team of globally recognized practitioners, Bloomberg Associates collaborates directly with mayors to help identify opportunities, diagnose challenges, set measurable goals for success, implement best practices, convene stakeholders, and foster key relationships in order to make a lasting impact in cities. Bloomberg Associates engaged a Capstone team to develop a toolkit that can help client cities diagnose their needs and challenges relating to gentrification and determine feasible, implementable solutions. The team conducted a literature review, case study, and interviews with experts and subjects in a selected city. The team created a toolkit that provides Bloomberg Associates and its clients with the best practices in diagnosing, preventing, and measuring progress in the prevention of involuntary displacement, tracking the success of policies aimed at preventing this displacement, and generating constructive public conversation on gentrification. The team members produced a presentation and booklet detailing their findings.

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