Climate Resiliency in New York City (Session & Mobile Walking Tour)
Available time slot: 10/15: 10:30am-12:10pm
NOTE: Walking tour not ADA Accessible
The session will be in two parts: a 45-minute panel presentation in the conference hotel followed by a mobile walking tour in Lower Manhattan. Attendees will hear MTA New York City Transit’s experience in rebuilding a transportation system’s resilience given the overarching context of severe weather and climate events and their impacts. The panel portion will include what climate adaptation/sustainability efforts have been implemented to the vital transportation infrastructure.
After the presentation, a mobile walking tour of Lower Manhattan, which is one of the lowest-lying areas of New York City and was flooded during Super Storm Sandy, will commence. Participants will navigate through the streets and sidewalks of Lower Manhattan to witness the MTA New York City Transit Subway Station climate change mitigation initiatives. There are numerous subway station entrances and exits that have been retrofitted with different flood mitigation strategies in addition to ancillary parts of the subway line that have also been modified to prevent the impacts of a major flood.
Participants will gain an understanding of the complexity of flood mitigation; what goes into the planning process; and what potential impacts do flood mitigation measures possibly have on the environment. As mass transit is an essential part of city planning, participants will take back with them a better understanding of how a subway infrastructure operates and interacts with the built and natural environments.