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“The Well-Tempered City” book-signing and discussion with Jonathan Rose

“The Well-Tempered City” book-signing and discussion with Jonathan Rose

Jonathan Rose will speak about his book, “The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life,” with discussion with the audience and a book-signing event following his talk.  Please join us for this free event at 5 pm on Thursday, March...

 
Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action

Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action

Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways to Action, a half-day conference focusing on the science of urban sustainability for high school and college students. CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, in collaboration with the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute and Duro UAS, will be hosting Creating Sustainable Cities: Pathways...

 

CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities Statement of Commitments, Post-Election

The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC) is committed to “the science of sustainability” as a tool for identifying opportunities available “to cities – and all their residents – for proactive responses” to environmental change including climate variability.  We stand with the tens of thousands of scientists...

 
A Historical Perspective on Water in New York City with Focus on Jamaica Bay

A Historical Perspective on Water in New York City with Focus on Jamaica Bay

E.E. Cummings once wrote, sitting near the long-since forgotten edge of Minetta Water in Greenwich Village, …For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it’s always our self we find in the sea.” In this talk, Dr. Eric W. Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society will attempt to find the part of the...

 

What Would It Mean to Understand Climate Change? November 29 at Columbia University

“What would it Mean to Understand Climate Change?” will be held on November 29th from 3:30PM – 5:30PM on the 2nd floor of the Heyman Center for the Humanities (see http://heymancenter.org/visit/ for directions). During this seminar, leading scholars from the fields of climate science (Isaac Held, NOAA/Princeton),...

 
William Solecki coauthors Nature article on growth and resilience of small and mid-sized cities

William Solecki coauthors Nature article on growth and resilience of small and mid-sized cities

Small and mid-size, not mega cities, are growing quickest and need protection against extreme events – says a new study Stuttgart, New York, Kampala, 28th September 2016 – 18 days before the UN conference on Cities (UN-Habitat III) a new study and an article in NATURE by an international team of researchers shows that...

 
Daylighting Tibbetts Brook

Daylighting Tibbetts Brook

Friday, February 19, 2016, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM Room 714 West Building, Hunter College Featuring: Steve Duncan, Urban Explorer Marit Larson, Director of Wetlands and Riparian Restoration, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation Michael Miscione, Manhattan Borough Historian Join the CUNY Institute for Sustainable...

 
UCCRN Empowers Cities on the Frontline of Climate Change

UCCRN Empowers Cities on the Frontline of Climate Change

COP21, PARIS – The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) released the Summary for City Leaders of the upcoming Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2) at the COP21 Climate Summit for Local Leaders. UCCRN is dedicated to providing the information that city leaders–from government,...

 
Bringing Back New York’s Oysters

Bringing Back New York’s Oysters

Friday, November 20, 2015, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Room 714 Hunter West Building The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities is pleased to present “Bringing Back New York’s Oysters”, a presentation by Pete Malinowski, Director of the Billion Oyster Project, to discuss the Project’s efforts to rebuild...

 

The Ethical and Ecological Dynamics of Indigenous Resilience Planning

THE ETHICAL AND ECOLOGICAL DYNAMICS OF INDIGENOUS RESILIENCE PLANNING October 21st, 6:30-8:30pm, CUNY Graduate Center, Room C198 (Basement) “RENEWING RELATIVES: INDIGENOUS RESILIENCE PLANNING” -Kyle Pows Whyte, (Philosophy, Timnick Chair in the Humanities; Michigan State University) INDIGENOUS ECOLOGICAL PATTERNS OF...

 

“Just Bike It” TGIF Session on Biking at Hunter College

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) at Hunter College will be holding a biking event at Poses Park this Thursday, Oct. 8, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm to promote the new bike racks and tire pump funded through a TGIF grant. The event will have a bike repair demonstration from a local bike shop, a presentation on safe biking from NYC...

 

Green Infrastructure & Urban Revitalization: Linking Smart Growth, Resilience and Watershed Restoration

April 22, 2015   9:15 am – 4:30 pm SUNY Orange – Kaplan Hall Great Room, Newburgh, NY This workshop will focus on diverse initiatives for incorporating green infrastructure in planning, education, watershed restoration, smart growth and resilience initiatives for small cities and other community centers in the region. ...

 

Drinking Quality Water

When: Friday April 10, 2015, 7:00pm  Where: Hunter College Room 714 (West Building) It can be argued that using chlorine in drinking water created the biggest improvement in public health in modern history. Typhoid fever was not eradicated in the U.S. until the widespread use of water disinfection was realized. Michael...

 
C40 Launches City Climate Change Hazard Taxonomy for Public Comment

C40 Launches City Climate Change Hazard Taxonomy for Public Comment

Today, at the UNISDR World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, C40 officially launched for public comment the City Climate Hazard Taxonomy, a structured description of the key climate hazards that cities are facing. The Taxonomy was developed by C40 and ARUP with funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Cities are...

 
Reopening The High Bridge: Celebration Planning Forum

Reopening The High Bridge: Celebration Planning Forum

Monday, March 30, 2015, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Please join NYC Parks, Partnerships for Parks, the Harlem River Working Group and The High Bridge Coalition at these community forums to review plans for celebrating the bridge’s reopening, and consider how your group could enhance those plans. Partner with us to make...

 
High Bridge: A New Beginning

High Bridge: A New Beginning

When/Where: Friday March 13 at 7pm – Hunter College West Building Room HW714 The High Bridge is slated to reopen as a walkway in summer 2015. Come hear Bryan Diffley, the Project Manager of the renovation, speak about NYC’s oldest standing bridge. An engineering treasure, the High Bridge was built in 1848 to bring...

 
Baruch Climate Change Seminar: “State of Adaptation in the US”

Baruch Climate Change Seminar: “State of Adaptation in the US”

with Adam Parris, Executive Director, Science and Resilience Center at Jamaica Bay, Brooklyn College, CUNY When: February 26, 2015, 12:30pm Where: Baruch – Newman Vertical Campus – Room 14-285 Light lunch will be served Adam is a physical scientist who has previously served as division chief for Climate Assessment...

 
Oceans of Trash: Tackling Marine Plastic Pollution

Oceans of Trash: Tackling Marine Plastic Pollution

Hunter College’s East Harlem Art Gallery and CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities Presents: Oceans of Trash: Tackling Marine Plastic Pollution A program in conjunction with the exhibition Washed Up: Transforming a Trashed Landscape, photos by Alejandro Durán. Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:30 – 5PM with reception to...

 
Sea Turtles on the 7 Train

Sea Turtles on the 7 Train

In 2001 the MTA retired its fleet of Redbird subway cars. It gave the trains to states on the Atlantic coast to serve as artificial reefs for fish. The program has been successful in supporting the web of undersea life and attracts game fish, which in turn draws sport fishermen and scuba divers to the reefs. New Jersey,...

 
Biomimicry + Urban Green Harbors Workshop

Biomimicry + Urban Green Harbors Workshop

Two years since Superstorm Sandy, the world is a different place. Everyone is talking about “resilient coastal cities”, but what does that really mean? What can we learn from inherently sustainable and resilient natural systems? And how can we apply nature’s adaptive strategies to our urban harbors? THE...

 
Bk Ecology Bike Tour – Saturday November 15 at 11 a.m. East New York

Bk Ecology Bike Tour – Saturday November 15 at 11 a.m. East New York

  Learn about Brooklyn’s environmental challenges and successes on NYC H20’s leisurely and informative bike ride along Jamaica Bay. Climate change, rising sea levels and intense storms like Hurricane Sandy have persuaded city planners of the value of marshland in storm water management. A century ago the...

 
enviroCar: Become a Citizen Scientist!

enviroCar: Become a Citizen Scientist!

Do you have an Android phone? Do you use a car on a regular basis? Become a Citizen Scientist! The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities is partnering with CUNY’s Center for Advanced Research of Spatial Information (CARSI) to promote enviroCar. Developed by the 52°North R&D network, and the Institute for...

 
CISC Fellow John Waldman co-authors NYT Op-Ed: “Let the River Run Wild”

CISC Fellow John Waldman co-authors NYT Op-Ed: “Let the River Run Wild”

Published in the September 7th edition of the New York Times: “IF the Chesapeake Bay is America’s Estuary, then its largest tributary, the Susquehanna River, could arguably be called America’s River. But we certainly don’t treat it as a national treasure: This once magnificent watercourse, which runs through...

 
Fordham Conversations: The Sea Life and Comeback of NY Harbor

Fordham Conversations: The Sea Life and Comeback of NY Harbor

John Waldman talks about the challenges facing New York Harbor’s wildlife. New York Harbor has a long history that starts way back in the 1600s. It’s home to all kinds of species and wildlife, but throughout the 19th and 20th centuries the harbor was filled with trash and sewage sending the harbor on a downward...

 

The Moodna Creek Watershed Intermunicipal Presents Dinner With Special Guest John Waldman – Monday, June 30: 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

John Waldman is the author of the new book, Running Silver: Restoring Atlantic Rivers and Their Great Fish Migrations.  Prior to being a professor of biology at Queens College, he worked for 20 years at the Hudson River Foundation.  His talk will explore the historic abundance of fisheries in the Hudson River Watershed,...

 
 
 
 

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