Published on Oct 22, 2015
Heat waves, hurricanes, fires, floods: A growing body of research shows that when such major disasters strike, neighborhoods with strong local networks of support endure them better and recover from them faster than communities that lack a sound social infrastructure. New York City’s experience with Hurricane Sandy – where much of the worst destruction was visited on low-income and working-class coastal communities – bears that out.
Today, as the third anniversary of Sandy’s deadly landfall nears, the Center for New York City Affairs asks: What’s the post-storm state of social infrastructure in the areas where the storm hit hardest? Have government agencies and philanthropies seized – or missed – chances to strengthen grassroots groups in the storm’s aftermath? And how can the on-going post-Sandy recovery do more to help local residents increase the sum of opportunity, dignity, and hope in their neighborhoods?
Join us for a panel discussion with experts in the field of neighborhood recovery and climate change, and organizers from the hardest-hit communities, as we address these questions and more.
A conversation with:
Klaus Jacob, special research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.
Onleilove Alston, executive director of Faith in New York.
Hugh Hogan, executive director of the North Star Fund.
Daniel Zarrilli, director of the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency.
Moderated by John Rudolph, executive producer of the Feet in 2 Worlds, an award-winning multi-media platform bringing immigrant voices to public programming.
Join the discussion @centernyc #sandyplus3
This event is co-sponsored by the Tishman Environment and Design Center, and Feet in 2 Worlds.
Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 9:00 am to 11:00 am