Infrastructure at Risk: How to Protect Public Investments from Stronger Storms and Tidal Surges

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 -
8:45am to 11:00am EDT
Philanthropy New York, 79 Fifth Ave., 4th floor, NYC
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Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene made New Yorkers painfully aware of the effects of tidal surges and storms on the transit, wastewater and power infrastructure on which we all rely. This subject was one of the most popular topics of the 2013 Philanthropy New York Annual Meeting, which included an interactive session with Dr. Cynthia Rosenzweig, who heads the Climate Impacts Group of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University and is the Co-Chair of the New York City Panel on Climate Change (view the video recording of that session). That session’s conversation was designed to start conversation at the 2,000 foot level, and left for another day a deeper dive into how the City is addressing the implications of the climate change challenge.

How will the City become more prepared for future storms?

In this session, attendees will learn about efforts of New York City government and nonprofits to make the City’s infrastructure more resilient to climate change, and how philanthropy can play a role in this process. Additionally, an interactive web tool will be featured. This tool provides address-level views of sea level rise and storm surge in the New York region and assessments of impacts on 50 different categories of infrastructure.


  • The role of green infrastructure and natural systems and how they interact with agency responses
  • The research on sea level rise and the interactive Surging Seas website’s tools
  • A philanthropic integrated partnership approach to climate resilience across NYC’s waterfront and New Jersey’s Barnegat Bay, as well as nationally

A Philanthropy New York Members Briefing sponsored by The New York Community Trust, NYC Department of Environmental Preservation, Climate Central, and The Trust for Public Land.

This program is “Partially Open.”



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