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Life After Sandy: Adapting to the New Normal

Thursday, December 13, 2012
05:30 PM - 07:00 PM

Global Center for Academic & Spiritual Life

238 Thompson St. Rm 461 (or enter through Kimmel)

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Tara Eisenberg

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Governor Cuomo recently quipped that climate change had “led to a 100-year flood every two years.” Sandy and other climate-linked extreme weather events are prompting new, challenging conversations about how we will collectively cope in a world of increased risk and instability.

Cities, institutions and individuals must now contend with a “new normal,” even as we continue to seek to prevent the worst consequences of climate change in the future.

New York University’s “local” response to the storm suggests lessons and opportunities for NYC as a whole, prompting questions about the role of institution-level leadership within cities and about the relationship between environmental education, applied research, urban infrastructure, and community resilience in times of crisis.

Panel presenters will share and discuss perspectives on NYU and NYC’s disaster response, adaptation and mitigation efforts in the context of sustainability. The discussion to follow will help us explore how we can strengthen these efforts, adapt and even thrive under the “new normal.”


Howard S. Schiffman, NYU Environmental Conservation Education


Jennifer Dunn, Architecture for Humanity, NY

Jeremy Friedman, NYU Office of Sustainability

Constantine Kontokosta, NYU Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and NYU CUSP

Carlos E. Restrepo, NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Concluding Remarks:

Mary Leou, NYU Wallerstein Collaborative