Talks & Lectures
8 Apr 2020
Virtual Event - Link Below

Hugo Neu Corporation Sustainability Seminar Series: Natural Hazard Risk Management: Toward a Physical and Financial Nexus

Department of Civil, Environmental and Ocean Engineering

Joshua DeFlorio

by Joshua DeFlorio, Port Authority of NYNJ


There is a notable nexus between physical and financial risk mitigation programs that has not been widely explored in the engineering industry. In this presentation, I aim to shed some light on the potential complementarity of these programs and offer some preliminary thoughts as to how engineers and planners might work with their financial counterparts to achieve more holistic and more cost-effective risk management programs for their organizations.


Josh DeFlorio, AICP, LEED AP, is Chief, Resilience and Sustainability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). He leads a team that focuses on ensuring that the aviation, port, urban rail, tunnel, bridge, terminal, and real estate facilities called for in the agency’s $37 billion capital plan are designed and delivered to be both environmentally sustainable and climate resilient. Prior to joining PANYNJ, he was national Practice Lead for Risk and Resilience at Cambridge Systematics, a transportation management consultancy, and served as a Senior Project Manager in the NYC Economic Development Corporation’s Ports & Transportation group. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected] While there is not a physical location for the event due to continued social distancing measures, the seminar will be live webcast via Zoom.

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