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Sept. 23, 2021 – Decarbonizing the Downstate Grid: Taking Stock of Progress

Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:30-1:30pm Via Zoom* *Register Here In 2019, New York State committed itself to decarbonizing the state’s electricity grid by 2040. This goal may be particularly difficult to meet in New York City, where fossil fuels presently supply most of the electricity that is available. At this upcoming event, experts from government, […]

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Rapid Research and Assessment on COVID-19 and Climate in New York City

In May 2020, the New York City (NYC) Mayor’s Office of Climate Resiliency (MOCR)began convening bi-weekly discussions, called the Rapid Research and Assessment (RRA)Series, between City staff and external experts in science, policy, design, engineering,communications, and planning. The goal was to rapidly develop authoritative, actionableinformation to help integrate resiliency into the City’s COVID response efforts. […]

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Valuing Density: An Evaluation of the Extent to which American, Australian, and Canadian Cities Account for the Climate Benefits of Density through Environmental Review

Authors: Adalene Minelli, Sara Savarani, Danielle Spiegel-Feld & Katrina Wyman This study looks at the extent to which major cities in the United States, Australia, and Canada assess the climate impacts of densification through the environmental review process. Research indicates that greater urban density is associated with lower household greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in high […]

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Jun. 15-16, 2021 – Meatless Cities: A Workshop on How Cities Can Help Lead the Transition to a Plant-Forward Food System

June 15-16, 2021 By invitation only Virtually Reducing meat consumption can help to improve human health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as other forms of environmental damage, and limit the suffering of animals raised as livestock. Cities have an opportunity to help facilitate a societal transition towards a plant-forward food system, however, there are […]

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Apr. 15, 2021 – Land Use Planning in the Next Mayoral Administration: A Look at Proposed Reforms

Thursday, April 15, 2021 12:30-1:30pm Via Zoom Though often overlooked, New York City’s land use policies fundamentally impact the City’s economy, environmental footprint, and the quality of life for its 8 million plus inhabitants. The City Council has recently introduced a proposal to make sweeping changes to the City’s land use planning processes, including moving […]

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Mar. 31, 2021 – Urban Agriculture in New York City: Assessing Options for Expansion

Wednesday, March 31, 202112:30-1:30pm The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the value of urban agriculture, especially that produced in community gardens, as many New Yorkers faced increased food insecurity and nearly all sought refuge in outdoor spaces. Yet, despite the great value of urban agriculture, New York City lacks a comprehensive plan to promote it and […]