March 20, 2017 – Making Space for a Low-Emissions Future: 80 X 50 and the Challenge for Transportation

New York City’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80% by the year 2050 provides both a challenge and an opportunity for the world of transportation. What is certain is that in order to reach this goal, New York City will have to dramatically shift away from personal car usage to more sustainable modes.

But in a city of 8.6 million people and counting, where streets have long been designed for private cars instead of people, where do we begin to claim road space for a low- (and no-) emissions future? How can we both incentivize low-emission travel and pursue designs and policies that discourage driving? Low-emissions zones, car-free streets, car-free days, parking reform, and restrictions on high-emission vehicles can all move the needle on climate change as well as influence how we think about street space.

Join us in the run up to Earth Day 2017, which will be the stage for a new trial of car-free streets, for a discussion of how we can make more room on NYC streets for low- and no-emissions travel. We will examine reclaiming space for sustainable transportation through four lenses: the curb, the street, the neighborhood, and the city and discuss the legal framework for implementing these changes.

1.5 CLE credits offered in the areas of Professional Practice category. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional.

Monday, March 20th from 6:30 – 8pm

Vanderbilt Hall, Greenberg Lounge
40 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012

Please register, here

This event is being hosted in collaboration with Transportation Alternatives.


  • Vishaan Chakrabarti (Moderator), Founder, Practice for Architecture and Urbanism
  • Frederick Harris (’79), Managing Director, Jonathan Rose Companies
  • Julia Kite, Policy and Research Manager, Transportation Alternatives
  • Benjamin Mandel, Renewable Energy Policy Advisor, New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Julia Kite is the Policy and Research Manager at Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s advocates for biking, walking, and safer streets. As part of TransAlt’s mission to reclaim streets for all New Yorkers and to advocate for initiatives that bring the city closer to achieving Vision Zero, she guides the organization’s evidence-based policy initiatives and undertakes research on topics including automated enforcement, safe street redesign, and cycling expansion. She leads a working group on maximizing public space as part of Streets Renaissance 2.0, a new project to transform transportation, design, and street management policies in New York City. Prior to joining TransAlt, she worked as a researcher at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston and the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute in London. Julia holds an MA from UC-Berkeley, an MSc with Distinction from the London School of Economics, and a BA from Columbia University.

Benjamin Mandel is the Renewable Energy Policy Advisor at the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. In this role, Ben represents the Mayor’s Office in the development of programs and policies to decarbonize New York City’s electricity supply, including accelerating the penetration of distributed energy resources and facilitating generation from large-scale low-carbon sources. Ben also leads the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability’s efforts on vehicle electrification and worked with other City stakeholders to develop NYC Clean Fleet, a comprehensive sustainability plan for the City’s municipal vehicle fleet. Prior to joining the City of New York, Ben completed a fellowship in the Guarini Center at NYU School of Law, where he wrote policy papers on regulatory mechanisms to align incentives for electric utilities with public policy goals. Ben has also previously worked as an Assistant Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Ben holds Masters degrees in Public Policy and Energy & Resources from UC-Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.


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