Key Note 3: NYC Storm Preparedness, Response & Resilience (PEAW)
November 4, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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In the Summer of 2021, the New York City area was impacted by a number of severe storms, culminating with Ida on September 3rd. These storms brought renewed focus on stormwater management in the city and region, highlighting historic and ongoing work by advocates, policy makers, planners, and designers to prepare for emergencies, adapt to climate change, address water systems comprehensively, and reap the benefits of this life-giving resource. This panel discussion convenes city agencies, water quality and basement dwelling advocates, and green infrastructure designers and planners to discuss how we can contribute to a stormwater resilient city.
Melissa Umberger, Director of Recovery and Risk, NYC Emergency Management
Erika Jozwiak, Program Manager, Infrastructure, NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency
Alan Cohn, Managing Director, Integrated Water Management, NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Anna Yie, Assistant Program Manager, Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) Coalition
Moderators: Leaders in Environmental Advocacy at Pratt (LEAP)
Event Sponsors: Pratt Institute GCPE
This Key Note Forum is part of our KEY NOTES ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS AND CLIMATE RESILIENCE series.
Reflecting on our community’s experiences and response during the most recent climate events, this semester’s Pratt Earth Action Week (November 1st – November 6th, 2021) will center around keynote discussions to reckon with our current systems for disaster response and ideate on how we can collectively build better and more resilient frameworks for future climate events. The week’s programming will continue to address the intersecting crises of climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the racial and social justice protests that have brought into relief systemic inequalities and unsustainable systems. Coordinated events throughout the week will provide an architecture for conversation, debate, and development of design solutions toward change with a focus on the relationship between climate change and mental health.
Rather than a single keynote, we will be hosting a week-long symposium of “key notes” building on the Pratt community and our local community’s experiences, institutional preparedness, the role of the artist and designer, and resources and ideation for improvements in response to recent and expected future climate events.