Time + Money + Perseverance = Resilience: Progress on Reinforcing NYC's Shoreline - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
How do you protect 8.5 million people from the negative impacts of climate change? This session will review New York City's progress toward a more resilient shoreline since Hurricane Sandy ten years ago, examining key resiliency projects across the city. Will NYC be prepared for the next big storm?
- Learn about the innovative community engagement strategies employed to bring unity and harmony to the process.
- Learn how to balance community expectations and political realities to succeed in bringing projects to fruition.
- Learn how to access federal funding for resiliency projects to build better communities.
- Demonstrate how coastal modeling informed the development of a hybrid of hard and soft resiliency solutions, and how they were employed to meet specific metrics.
Adrian Smith, FASLA
Team Leader, Staten Island Capital Projects
Adrian Smith, FASLA is the Team Leader for Staten Island capital projects with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, a role he has held since 2016. He manages a team of 20 landscape professionals who design and build projects on Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens, with an annual construction value of over $50 Million. Active projects include landscapes along Rockaway Beach and converting Fresh Kills landfill into a park. He previously held positions at several private design firms, in addition to maintaining his own practice. Adrian began serving as ASLA's Vice President for Professional Practice in 2020.
Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
Alex Zablocki serves as Executive Director of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC) overseeing the day-to-day operations of JBRPC, including development of park planning, design, and capital projects, park programs, volunteer events and partnership projects with local non-profit organizations and governmental agencies, and donor engagement. Prior to joining the JBRPC, Mr. Zablocki served as Senior Program Manager at the NYS Governor's Office of Storm Recovery overseeing twelve storm recovery projects and programs in New York City implemented by the state and non-profit organizations, including the state's Rebuild by Design Living Breakwaters project, managing a budget of over $100-million.
Donna Walcavage, FASLA
Donna Walcavage has focused on planning and design of public realm spaces across New York City. Her advocacy for the profession of landscape architecture as a partner to engineering solutions has demonstrated that good design alters public perception of infrastructure projects.
She currently co-chairs AIA NY’s Design for Risk and Reconstruction Committee, where she has worked on storm surge, sea level rise and extreme heat. Current projects include a Shoreline Protection Plan for Tottenville, Staten Island and NYC Housing Authority’s Sandy Resiliency and Renewal Program at several sites in Coney Island, Brooklyn.
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