“The 2020 outbreak of COVID-19 has massively disrupted our city, state, and the world at large. In many ways, this crisis foreshadows future risks exacerbated by climate change, where low-income communities, communities of color, and other marginalized groups are hit first and worst by the impacts. Decades of environmental racism have led to disproportionately high rates of respiratory and heart disease in these frontline communities, increasing their vulnerability to the impacts of viruses like COVID-19.2 Our economic system relies on extractive, precarious and low-wage work placing many low-income communities and communities of color in increasingly dire straits with minimal social safety nets. Projections show that the frequency and intensity of pandemics and climate-related disasters will only increase as the planet warms. As New York copes with a state of emergency, the experiences will reveal the extent of the challenges ahead and inform our future planning efforts for the escalating climate crisis.” – NYC Environmental Justice Alliance, Climate Justice Agenda, April, 2020.
AIA New York in partnership with NYC-EJA, UCCRN, NYIT, the New School, and Pratt Institute
Annel Hernandez, Associate Director, NYC Environmental Justice Alliance
Christian Braneon, PhD, American Meteorological Society’s (AMS) Committee for the Conference on Education, New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC)
Ron Shiffman, FAICP, NYS Hon. AIA, Professor Emeritus, Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment, Pratt Institute
Ana Isabel Baptista, PhD., Assistant Professor of Professional School, The New School
Jeffrey Raven, FAIA, LEED BD+C, Director, Graduate Program in Urban + Regional Design, Associate Professor, New York Institute of Technology; Co-Chair, AIANY Planning and Urban Design Committee