Faculty Research

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in North American Cities
Climate change mitigation and adaptation action plans are developing at a rapid pace, being driven by both local initiatives and emerging alliances and support organizations that cut across multiple jurisdictions. These plans include a broad range of approaches, many of which are evolving into best or leading practices and which will be increasingly used as a model for the plans of other locales. This paper draws attention to several best practices in both mitigation and adaptation for North American cities, and also highlights many of the supporting alliances and groups that disseminate key practices and drive potential synergies. Additionally, it is noted that despite the increasing rate of plan development, a continuing need exists for increased attention to adaptation at the local level.

Capstone: In the Field

Complete Streets Project (2011)

Faculty: Melissa Kaplan-Macey

Team: Paul Chenard, Scott Johnson, Rebecca Krauss, Albert Silvestri, Elisabeth Wooton

The Rye YMCA Complete Streets Project is an initiative to promote safer and multi­modal streets in the City of Rye, Village of Mamaroneck, Town of Mamaroneck, and Village of Larchmont as part of the Rye YMCA's Activate America campaign. The Capstone team evaluated physical, policy, and funding possibilities for the four com­munities. Using one study site in each community, the Capstone team applied Complete Street principles to develop a series of physical recommendations that enhance the site for pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists alike. The Capstone team also provided recommendations for policy implementation and funding opportunities. At the culmination of the project, the Capstone team presented its findings to the communities and stakeholders.

Alumni in Action