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117Is New York ready for another superstorm?

Four years after Superstorm Sandy inundated parts of New York City, destroyed neighborhoods, shut down the subway system and blew out power to lower Manhattan, are we any better prepared for the next hit?

New York City officials and experts in climate and emergency preparedness have been making plans and talking about what needs to be done. But while in some respects we may be better prepared, other needed changes are vastly expensive and slow to come.

Join us for a symposium on Lessons of Climate Resilience in New York City this Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 6-7:15 p.m. The event, co-sponsored by the Earth Institute and the Masters in Public Administration-Environmental Science and Policy graduate program, takes place in Low Library on the Columbia University campus. A reception will follow.

Reserve a seat online, here. You also can watch the discussion live via webcast at this site.

The discussion will focus on how New York and other cities can take steps to become stronger and more resilient in the face of climate change. Steven Cohen, executive director of the Earth Institute and professor of practice in the School of International and Public Affairs, will moderate.

Panelists include:

  • George Deodatis, Santiago and Robertina Calatrava Family professor and chair, Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
  • Kate Orff, associate professor, Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and director, Urban Design Program
  • Adam Sobel, professor of applied physics and applied mathematics and of earth and environmental sciences and director of the Columbia Initiative on Extreme Weather and Climate
  • Curtis Cravens, senior advisor for coastal resiliency, New York City Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency



Columbia campus skyline with text Columbia Climate School Class Day 2024 - Congratulations Graduates

Congratulations to our Columbia Climate School MA in Climate & Society Class of 2024! Learn about our May 10 Class Day celebration. #ColumbiaClimate2024

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