Post-Sandy we have entered a new planning paradigm for which resilience must be a principal of neighborhood and infrastructure planning. This applies not only to coastal communities, but to any vulnerable to the impacts of extreme weather, infrastructure disruptions, and other disruptive events.
For this session, NYC and NOLA: Enhancing the Resiliency of the Built Environment (B09), we have brought together planning experts from New York and New Orleans to provide real insights into what it means to enhance resilience in urban areas. This is not a high level talk trying to define resilience and extol its principles; this is a discussion from professionals who are actually responsible for implementing policies and projects. Gregg Woodruff, Senior Project Manager and Sustainability Leader for Langan Engineering and Greenbuild Program Working Group Member says “There are two interesting and exciting aspects of this session. First, I think it is extremely interesting to have representatives from both New Orleans and New York City addressing issues of sustainability from each of their perspectives. Second, the level of speaker involved in this session is extremely knowledgeable.”
Why am I presenting this session? I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work with many experts on the topics of coastal resilience, community planning, disaster preparedness, clean distributed energy technologies, building science, and more. I am an urban planner who seeks to improve the built environment of cities; this includes the integration of designs, technologies, planning processes, and education into the fabric of urban spaces. I was part of the team that wrote the original PlaNYC, New York City’s sustainability plan (including the climate adaptation/resilience chapter). I then had the opportunity to develop and oversee the City’s strategy to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2017.
So let’s get together and discuss which policies and programs are working, which are not, and why. That’s what Greenbuild is about!
This session also features:
Director and Waterfront and Open Space Planning at the NYC Department of City Planning
Executive Director at New Orleans Redevelopment Authority