Global warming is focus of report by a number of leading experts including NYU Wagner's Rae Zimmerman
A report released Feb. 17, 2009, by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg found that the city's average annual temperatures could increase by 4 to 7.5 degrees, yearly rainfall will increase by 5 to 10 inches, and seas could rise by up to 23 inches, or even 55 inches if the rate of ice melt in Greenland and Antarctica persists in speeding up.
NYU Wagner Professor Rae Zimmerman is a member of the expert panel convened by the city government and financed by a $350,000 grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. Professor Zimmerman is Director of the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems (ICIS), housed at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.
The panel also predicted more frequent and intense "extreme events," like heat waves, short periods of intense rain, droughts, and coastal flooding.
The report is entitled "Climate Risk Information" and can be seen by clicking on the link below.
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Elephant in the Planning Room: Forum on Diversity in Planning Schools
April 21, 2016
On Friday, April 15, the APA New York Metro Chapter Diversity Committee and Student Representative Committee hosted a forum on diversity, academia, and planning. Planning professionals joined faculty and students from Wagner, Pratt, Columbia, Hunter, and Rutgers to develop strategies to increase diversity in urban planning programs.
Wagner Alumnus Marlon Williams, Director of Cross Agency Partnerships at the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene’s Center for Health Equity delivered a keynote speech on diversity in the planning profession. Williams seeks to address racial disparities in health outcomes, working at the “intersection of public health and urban planning.” He advocates for planners to “be part of the answer towards building a more equitable urban future” and to incorporate the expertise of lived experience into the planning process.
Participants in the event engaged in a workshop to develop specific tactics for recruitment and retention of faculty and students from underrepresented groups, and to enhance issues of diversity in the urban planning program curriculum. Finally, Cara Michell and Shani Carter of Harvard’s Black in Design Conference called in via Skype to discuss their experience advancing diversity issues in their program and profession.
The Diversity Committee will be sharing strategies from the workshop soon – look for announcements in the APA NYM Chapter e-blast! To learn more about the chapter or the Student Representative Committee, email us at email@example.com.
– Alisha Beatty, MUP 2017
Raising the Bar: Visions for a Sustainable New York
January 28, 2016
On Friday, December 11th, more than 90 students from Wagner, Columbia, Hunter and Pratt, as well as NYC planning professionals, gathered in the Rudin Family Forum for a panel discussion on sustainability and urban planning. The event opened with a keynote presentation by Eric Sanderson, author of Mannahatta and creator of the interactive sustainable planning website Visionmaker.
The panel that followed was moderated by Thehbia Hiwot, Managing Director of Housing Programs for the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, and featured Eric Duchon, Director of Sustainability Strategies at Cushman & Wakefield, Michael Porto, Director of Outreach and Planning at the Waterfront Alliance, and Juan Camilo Osorio, Director of Research at the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance. Discussion topics included the OneNYC plan, LEED and WEDG guidelines, and ensuring equal access to renewable energy investments.
This event was co-sponsored by NYU Wagner’s Urban Planning Student Association and the APA New York Metro Chapter’s Student Representative Committee and New York Section. To learn more about the APA Student Representative Committee and how to get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
-Alisha Beatty, MUP 2017
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