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Can Development and Conservation Co-Exist and How?

New York City is world renowned for its skyscrapers and human density, yet all this development led to significant ecological losses in a city that was once so biologically diverse: NYC’s rich nature and waterways provided abundant food and shelter for NYC to take hold and thrive.

More people than ever are now living in cities and remain vulnerable to the stressors of both climate change and population rise. Development in NYC is inevitable: how can it be used to foster conservation efforts & advance nature rather than replace it or fracture it?

Join our exciting line up of community representatives and subject matter experts for a lively discussion on this most pressing and complex topic.

Moderated by NYC Council Member Justin Brannan, with panelists:

  • Daniel Atha, Director of Conservation Outreach at New York Botanical Garden
  • Brendan Pillar, Deputy Director of Waterfront and Open Space at NYC Department of City Planning
  • Bill Browning, Environmental Strategist and Founding Partner at Terrapin Bright Green
  • Annel Hernandez, Associate Director at the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance

Science of the Living City is brought to you by the NYC Urban Field Station and the Natural Areas Conservancy and features NYC Nature Goals 2050.  The event is in partnership with Climate Week NYC and the CUNY School of Law’s Center for Environmental Reform.

Science of the Living City is a product of the NYC Urban Field Station, which is jointly run by the NYC Parks Department, the USDA Forest Service, and the Natural Areas Conservancy. Science of the Living City is a dynamic public facing program that holds seminars and events on current issues and programs that relate to the conservation of nature and our communities relationship to it.

NYC Nature Goals 2050 is a coalition of 78 environmental groups that hail from different sectors and disciplines, and who come together to work on behalf of urban nature and human well-being. We share the common belief that urban nature is vital to our collective wellness and happiness, and have developed a Declaration of Rights to NYC Nature, five overarching goals and 25 specific targets to guide NYC efforts.

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This event is part of the Food, Land and Nature-Based Solutions program of Climate Week NYC.