Financing an Equitable and Resilient Future

Date: November 19, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM - 12:45 PM

Host: New York City Bar Association

Type: Convention/Conference


This conference, sponsored by Pratt’s Programs for Sustainable Development and Planning, The New York City Bar Association, and Better, Inc., will explore innovative mechanisms for financing the social, economic and infrastructure needs to address climate change. The conference will feature panel discussions on recent innovative financing instruments including a discussion on housing and community building efforts focused on meeting the needs of low-income communities and communities of color affected by Sandy, as well as, how investment instruments can be negotiated to serve a variety interests in advancing an Equitable and Resilient Future for New York.



8:15 – 8:30

Coffee and registration


8:30 – 8:45

Welcome + Statement of 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

Bettina Damiani, Good Jobs New York


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

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

Wallace Tuberville, Demos Fellow

Marcel Ham,  Rebel, NL BE INternational

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,

Donald Manning, Jewish Association Serving the Aging

Donna Colonna, Services for the UnderServed

Rob Conboy, Better, Inc


12:30 – 12:45 Wrap Up and Next Steps

Stephen Kass, Chair, City Bar Task Force on Climate Adaptation


Sponsored by:

The Center for Social Inclusion

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc.

NYC Environmental Justice Alliance

Good Jobs New York

RAMP [Recovery, Adaptation, Mitigation, and Planning]

Fiscal Policy Institute