CCRUN Seminar Abstracts

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series

April 3, 2019 Speaker Abstracts

Topic: Climate Resilience in Cities

Mr. Daniel Bader, Program Manger, Columbia University

This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC), and advisory body helping the City of New York with their climate resiliency planning.  Established in 2008, the NPCC has pushed new boundaries of urban climate science, enabling New York City to set an example for all cities of how science-stakeholder partnerships can achieve science-based responses to climate change challenges. The NPCC’s latest work was published in March 2019.  This presentation will cover the report’s later findings and and their implications for New York City and other cities seeking to identify and mitigate the impacts of a changing climate.
Mr. Saleem Chapman, Deputy Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia
While climate change affects everyone, not everyone is affected equally. People of color and lower-income populations experience increased exposure and sensitivity to climate risk. As local governments prepare for future impacts, an opportunity exists to address the root causes of inequalities in climate risk while creating greater resilience in overburden communities. This presentation examines the experience of the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability in implementing a community-driven, equity-focused planning process to address heat vulnerability in the Hunting Park neighborhood.