Talks & Lectures
10 Apr 2019
Altorfer 501 and online via Blackboard Collaborate

Climate-Resilient Water Management in New York City

Sustainability Seminar Series

Alan Cohn

Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people, so please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]

The spring Sustainability Seminar Series continues on April 10 with the talk "Climate-Resilient Water Management in New York City" by Alan Cohn of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

For over a decade, New York City (NYC) has been proactively studying and implementing measures to prepare water supply, drainage and wastewater systems for the impacts of climate change. The NYC Department of Environmental Protection is developing programs to respond to this range of challenges including sea level rise, coastal flooding, heavy rainfall and drought, by reducing system demand, protecting critical infrastructure and promoting awareness and sustainable water measures in the built environment. Furthermore, New York City is working with cities from across the country and the globe to understand and apply emerging best practices for climate resiliency in the water sector. Cohn's presentation will highlight these initiatives and the opportunities and challenges the region faces in the coming decades.

Alan Cohn is managing director of integrated water management at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection where he leads initiatives to prepare water systems for climate change and population growth. The group's programs include a water demand management program to save ten million gallons of water per day by 2022 and stormwater management programs focusing on flood mitigation for extreme rain events and litter reduction in New York City waterways. He manages knowledge exchange partnerships with the cities of Copenhagen and Amsterdam and represents NYC on the Water Utility Climate Alliance. He has contributed to multiple sustainability plans including the water demand management plan, cloudburst resiliency planning study, and PlaNYC: A Stronger, More Resilient New York.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.

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