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Community-driven extreme weather preparedness planning in Northern Manhattan: a multi-sector conversation about data, information, and resource needs

Mar 10 at 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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New York City is a recognized leader in open data and is at the forefront of climate disaster planning and mitigation which impacts all residents and a range of communities facing situations leading them to be particularly vulnerable. Environmental justice organizations are mobilizing residents in these communities to better plan and adapt to the climate emergency. In doing so, they are consulting residents to determine their information and resource needs in order to develop educational campaigns and tools to strengthen resilience and preparedness at a local and neighborhood scale. A recognized national leader in environmental justice and climate action, Harlem-based WE ACT for Environmental Justice, along with local partners in the Northern Manhattan area, identified different types of resources and information needs in the event of extreme heat and flooding scenarios, including health and emergency services, evacuation zones, emergency shelters, access to certain supplies and resources, energy sources, and transportation services. Data quality, interoperability, availability, access, granularity, analysis, and comprehensiveness issues are anticipated and represent an opportunity for inter-sectoral collaboration and impactful data sharing. With different perspectives from academia, elected representatives, city government, and civil society, this online panel discussion will provide insights into different mindsets, expectations, uses, and responsibilities related to climate emergency planning and the preparedness data ecosystem. Framed around WE ACT’s extreme weather preparedness planning, we hope to draw lessons from this community and data-driven experience in North Manhattan for the benefit of other initiatives elsewhere in the New York City area while gaining a better understanding of the City’s climate disaster planning and mitigation investments and data assets.


Jean-Noé Landry, Obama Scholar, Former Executive Director of Open North


Annie Carforo, Climate Justice Organizer, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Andrew Kruczkiewicz, Senior Staff Associate, International Research Institute For Climate and Society, Columbia University

Eunice Ko, Deputy Chief of Staff & Senior Policy Advisor for Equity, NYC Mayor’s Office of Climate and Environmental Justice

Adrienne Schmoeker, Advisor, Urban AI; and Senior Fellow, The GovLab at NYU

Mark D. Levine, Manhattan Borough President





Mar 10
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Jean-Noe Landry


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