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Planning for Climate Change: Building Equity into Sustainable Urban Futures

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 5:00

Tuesday, November 12, 2019. 5:00PM. Planning for Climate Change: Building Equity into Sustainable Urban Futures. Robin Leichenko, Department of Geography. Sponsored by Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. More information here.


Climate change raises many profound questions about the future of cities. How will cities adapt to more frequent and extreme weather events? How will they change their infrastructure and energy systems to move toward a zero-carbon future? As researchers in planning and allied fields, explore these questions, an emerging, cross-cutting theme is the issue of equity: what will climate adaptation and mitigation mean for less advantaged urban residents and communities? who will have a voice in climate-related decisions and actions? and, most importantly, where are the leverage points for building a sustainable and equitable urban future? This emphasis on equity is not only front and center for urban governments, but is also foundational for a proposed Green New Deal and the climate justice movement more generally. This talk will explore opportunities, synergies, and challenges associated with bringing equity into planning for climate change in cities. The talk will draw from Leichenko’s work on equity-based community adaptation in New York City. It will also feature her recent book Climate and Society: Transforming the Future (2019 Polity Press, co-authored with Karen O’Brien).

Location  Gov. James J. Florio Special Events Forum, 33 Livingston Ave, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy,