The ASLA-NY Student Chapter at the City College of New York is organizing a multi-disciplinary conference to imagine the potential for Green Infrastructure to address socio-economic disparities in sea level rise and storm surge preparedness in New York City. This conference is a groundbreaking forum for the next generation of urbanist thinkers to organize around long-term green infrastructure strategies rather than disciplinary hierarchies. An expansive approach to green infrastructure could drive urban design by engaging alternate interests in building the urban environment.
We assert that that sea level rise is no longer up for debate, rising tides are imminent and current infrastructural systems are not prepared for accelerated sea level rise.
We recognize that our most socially vulnerable groups will be hit the hardest, disparities in socioeconomic class and skin color affect a community’s access to flood prevention measures and recovery efforts.
We challenge our panelists and conference participants to redefine resiliency to consistently incorporate environmental justice communities into private and municipal sea level rise and storm surge preparedness efforts.
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