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Financing an Equitable and Resilient Urban Future
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
There is no charge for this program.

This half-day conference will explore innovative mechanisms for financing the social, economic and infrastructure needs of New York and other cities to successfully address climate change. The conference will feature panel discussions of innovative financing instruments for housing and other community investments to meet the needs of low-income communities and communities of color in order to realize a more equitable and more resilient New York.


8:15 – 8:30
Coffee and registration

8:30 – 8:45
Goals of the Conference
Stephen Kass, Chair, City Bar Task Force on Climate Adaptation
Ron Shiffman, Director, Pratt Institute’s “Recovery, Adaptation, Mitigation and Planning” [RAMP] Initiative

8:45 – 9:45
A Framework for Social Inclusion, Resiliency Planning and Transparency
Moderator, Ron Shiffman
Maya Wiley, The Center for Social Inclusion
Duzan Doepel, Professor of Sustainable Architecture and Urban Planning at the Knowledge Sustainable Solutions, RDM Campus, Rotterdam, NL.
Bettina Damiani, Good Jobs New York
Eddie Bautista, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Bomee Jung, Deputy Director, New York Office Enterprise Community Partners Inc.

9:45 – 11:15
Innovative Finance Alternatives: High and Low Finance for Urban Resiliency
Moderator, Jesse M. Keenan, Research Director, Center for Urban Real Estate, Columbia University
Chuck Laven, Forsythe Partners
James Parrot, Fiscal Policy Institute
Richard Roberts, Red Stone
Larry Sprague, Sustainable Energy Funding Program
Chris Lotspeich, Celtic Energy


11:15 – 11:25

11:25 -12:30
Housing and Infrastructure: Resiliency and Equity
Moderator, Michelle de la Uz, FAC,
Kathryn Haslanger or Donald Manning, Jewish Association Serving the Aging
Donna Colonna, Services for the UnderServed
Denise Scott, Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Rob Conboy, Better, Inc

12:30 – 12:45 Wrap Up and Next Steps
Stephen Kass, Chair, City Bar Task Force on Climate Adaptation


This conference is sponsored by the New York City Bar Association’s Task Force on Climate Adaptation, Stephen L. Kass, Chair; Committee on International Environmental Law, Mary Lyndon, Chair; Committee on Environmental Law, Jeff Gracer, Chair; and Committee on Energy, Clarke Bruno, Chair; Committee on New York City Affairs, Cathleen A. Clements, Chair; Committee on Housing and Urban Development, Erica F. Buckley, Chair; Committee on Social Welfare Law, Peter A. Kempner, Chair, in association with Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development, Better, Inc. and community organizations throughout New York City.


42 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036


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