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Yale Alumni Public Health Initiative Presents: Health and Climate Change

Yale Alumni Public Health Initiative Presents: Health and Climate Change

Interested in environmental health and climate change? In this seminar featuring Institute of Sustainable Cities Fellow and City Atlas Co-Founder Richard Reiss we will explore the interplay of global health and the environment, in particular the significant impact of climate change on health outcomes. Further, we will...

 
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...

 
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...

 
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,...

 
The Urban Sustainability Extension Service (USES)

The Urban Sustainability Extension Service (USES)

Our Mission The Urban Sustainability Extension Service (USES) brings Hunter College and community partners together to develop neighborhood-scale sustainability initiatives. The work of USES is a direct reflection of the Institute’s mission to look at cities as part of the solution to global sustainability challenges,...

 
Bill Solecki and Cynthia Rosenzweig Co-Author NY Times Op-Ed Piece on Rising Sea Levels

Bill Solecki and Cynthia Rosenzweig Co-Author NY Times Op-Ed Piece on Rising Sea Levels

CISC Director Dr. Bill Solecki and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Senior Research Scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig co-authored a response to today’s New York Times “Room for Debate” section on sea gates, sea walls and other proposed solutions to sea level rise in the aftermath of “Super Storm”...

 
Hydrology, Vulnerability and Adaptation Implications of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee: Case Study of the Mid-Hudson Valley and Greater Catskills Regions

Hydrology, Vulnerability and Adaptation Implications of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee: Case Study of the Mid-Hudson Valley and Greater Catskills Regions

CISC Director Bill Solecki is the project leader on an initiative by researchers at the City University of New York, Rutgers and Penn State Universities to investigate the hydrological, vulnerability, and adaptation implications of recent climate extremes (particularly Hurricane Irene – August 2011 and Tropical Storm...

 
Climate Change and Cities

Climate Change and Cities

The 20th century saw the average temperature in the New York metropolitan region increase by 2oF, and the Arctic ice cap shrink at a rate that alarms most experts in the field. Scientific models indicate that this warming trend will continue in the 21st century. Even small changes in climate can alter the environmental...

 
Yale Alumni Public Health Initiative Presents: Health and Climate Change

Yale Alumni Public Health Initiative Presents: Health and Climate Change

Interested in environmental health and climate change? In this seminar featuring Institute of Sustainable Cities Fellow and City Atlas Co-Founder Richard Reiss we will explore the interplay of global health and the environment, in particular the significant impact of climate change on health outcomes. Further, we will...

 
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...

 
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...

 
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,...

 
The Urban Sustainability Extension Service (USES)

The Urban Sustainability Extension Service (USES)

Our Mission The Urban Sustainability Extension Service (USES) brings Hunter College and community partners together to develop neighborhood-scale sustainability initiatives. The work of USES is a direct reflection of the Institute’s mission to look at cities as part of the solution to global sustainability challenges,...

 
Bill Solecki and Cynthia Rosenzweig Co-Author NY Times Op-Ed Piece on Rising Sea Levels

Bill Solecki and Cynthia Rosenzweig Co-Author NY Times Op-Ed Piece on Rising Sea Levels

CISC Director Dr. Bill Solecki and NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies Senior Research Scientist Cynthia Rosenzweig co-authored a response to today’s New York Times “Room for Debate” section on sea gates, sea walls and other proposed solutions to sea level rise in the aftermath of “Super Storm”...

 
Hydrology, Vulnerability and Adaptation Implications of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee: Case Study of the Mid-Hudson Valley and Greater Catskills Regions

Hydrology, Vulnerability and Adaptation Implications of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee: Case Study of the Mid-Hudson Valley and Greater Catskills Regions

CISC Director Bill Solecki is the project leader on an initiative by researchers at the City University of New York, Rutgers and Penn State Universities to investigate the hydrological, vulnerability, and adaptation implications of recent climate extremes (particularly Hurricane Irene – August 2011 and Tropical Storm...

 
Climate Change and Cities

Climate Change and Cities

The 20th century saw the average temperature in the New York metropolitan region increase by 2oF, and the Arctic ice cap shrink at a rate that alarms most experts in the field. Scientific models indicate that this warming trend will continue in the 21st century. Even small changes in climate can alter the environmental...

 

CUNY Food and Urban Agriculture Working Group

The CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities (CISC) last fall convened the CUNY Food and Urban Agriculture Working Group (FUAWG), as a core research effort in the Consumption Cities Project area. The FUAWG, including faculty, students, and stakeholders from around the University, and beyond, is preparing to initiate a food...

 

Long Island 2035

Long Island 2035 is a project that aims to create broad consensus for how Long Island should develop over the next generation and works to create an action strategy to achieve this vision. The initiative builds off of three years of related work that has occurred at the local level with many vested stakeholders. Led by...

 
Multi-scaled Environmental and Social Impacts from Meat Demand in the New York Megacity

Multi-scaled Environmental and Social Impacts from Meat Demand in the New York Megacity

    This project attempts to examine trends in meat production, distribution and consumption and the associated environmental and social impacts. We define environmental impacts by scale; local, regional and global. Local impacts include changes to the urban ecosystem biogeochemical cycles (particularly nitrogen,...

 

New York City Panel on Climate Change

Convened by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the NPCC advises the Mayor on issues related to climate change and adaptation. Made up of climate change and impacts scientists, legal, and insurance and risk management experts, the NPCC is modeled on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Among its ongoing activities,...

 

New York City Water Resources

Project Director: Dr. Allan Frei New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP), which controls New York City’s water supply, started a project several years ago, the goal of which is to evaluate the potential impacts of climate change on New York City’s water supply in the twenty first century. Under...

 

Urban Forests in Our Midst

Did you know that there are 108 acres of open spaces hidden behind rowhouses on the Upper West Side alone? That is 13% the size of Central Park! These backyard open spaces convey a range of environmental benefits to the entire City—and yet these benefits are overlooked by the architects of public policy for NYC,...

 

Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Sustainable Water Use in the Hudson River Valley

Project Directors: Dr. Allan Frei, Simon Gruber CISC has ongoing research projects associated with climate variations and water resources in the Hudson River Valley, just north of New York City. CISC Deputy Director Frei collaborates with CISC Fellow Simon Gruber looking at the potential impacts of climate change on water...

 

Women of Green

If you missed the Women of Green event held last month, don’t fret! You can now watch a selection of the presentations here with our new Slidecast. Segments of the evening’s event are available to the public so you can hear from women, all of them established professionals, who are trying and succeeding in changing...

 

Turning the Tide: Waterfront Parks: Old, New, Green, Blue

Turning the Tide: Waterfront Parks: Old, New, Green, Blue from CUNY Sustainable Cities View more presentations from CUNY Sustainable Cities.

 

In The Wake of The Half Moon: Rob Pirani

Rob Pirani View more presentations from CUNY Sustainable Cities.

 

Turning the Tide: New York’s Waterfront in Transition

The Turning the Tide: New York’s Waterfront in Transition event series has come to a close.  CISC would like to thank all those who helped make this such an amazing series; the speakers, the hosts, and of course all those great citizens who attended the events. If you missed any of the events, frett not!  You can...

 
Consumption Cities

Consumption Cities

Today, more than half of the world’s 6 billion inhabitants live in cities. And this number is only growing. By 2050, 80% of the world’s population will reside in urban centers. This is the first time in history that the majority of people on the planet are living in cities. What does this mean for the future of our...

 
Cities by the Coast

Cities by the Coast

Even native New Yorkers sometimes need to be reminded that our city really is a city of water. With the Hudson River, Long Island Sound, and the New York Bight bathing our four island boroughs and one peninsular borough, we are an urban archipelago.  All of these highly urbanized waters have a long history of misuse, followed...

 

Greening Manhattan’s Waterfront: A New Perimeter Park for the 21st Century

An evening panel and discussion featuring noted author Phillip Lopate, Urban Planner Ann Buttenwieser, Biologist John Waldman, and Public Policy Scholar Rutherford Platt, dedicated to tracing the history of Manhattan’s 26 mile waterfront and looking ahead to its future potential. An audio recording of this event can...

 

Jamaica Bay Bioblitz

The Institute was a co-sponsor to this 24 hour Bioblitz, which served to catalogue the diversity of organisms in a particular area. This Bioblitz was part contest (racing against the 24 hour clock), part educational event, and part scientific endeavor. From the Jamaica Bay Research and Management Information Network:...

 
 
 
 

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