CCRUN Seminar Abstracts

CCRUN Green Infrastructure, Climate, and Cities Seminar Series

October 2, 2019 – “Evolution of Resilience Planning”  Dr. Donovan Finn of Stony Brook University.

Dr. Finn is an assistant professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University and director of the Sustainability Studies Program’s undergraduate major in Environmental Design, Policy and Planning. Trained as an urban planner, he has worked on issues of sustainable, resilient and equitable development in East St. Louis, IL and in the Chicago and New York City regions.

His current research focuses primarily on long-term recovery from disasters, planning for coastal resilience and public participation in the planning process. He is currently a member of the inaugural two-year cohort of Early Career Faculty Innovators at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, CO, where he will work to advance the integration of cutting edge climate science into urban planning.

Dr. Finn will be presenting on the recovery process of the NYC region after Hurricane Sandy, illustrating how New York City, New York State, Hoboken, Long Beach and the federal government used the recovery as a process to advance goals of resiliency and sustainability, while New Jersey, by contrast, did not. Dr. Finn will also touch on his research of the evolution of Dutch approaches to resilience planning based on interviews with Dutch urban planners, water managers, and others.