Instructor: Kizzy Charles‐Guzman
This capstone took a comprehensive look at climate change mitigation and adaptation policy in NYC and identified areas and sectors that needed strategic engagement. Students worked collaboratively to identify and evaluate the climate programs developed by a variety of advocacy organizations and by NYC and NYS government; and evaluated the plausibility of a suite of strategies that will build upon and expand existing efforts to lower the city's carbon footprint.
The students reviewed a comprehensive range of data--from findings by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the National Climate Assessment, to climate adaptation plans and greenhouse gas mitigation policies developed by municipalities and states in the United States and internationally. The team also attended New York City Council hearings and several policy and advocacy events and forums over the course of the semester to understand the feasibility, momentum and background of key environmental quality proposals in the city. Finally, the team identified strategies that fill existing policy gaps, and tailored their implementation pathways to New York City. The resulting plan helps to advance the goal laid out in the Mayor's recently published One City; Built to Last: a reduction on GHG emissions by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050, by focusing on the City's existing building stock.
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