Liquid Assets: New York's Watersheds & Waterways
What can New York City do to protect its drinking water supply and its recreational waters in the coming decades? How is that supply affected by climate change, and what must we do to adapt? Join us for a deep dive into NYC's complex water systems, which powerfully illustrate our city's dependency on - and symbiotic relationship to - its larger regional environment and economy.
Al Appleton, former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection
Paul Gallay, President of Riverkeeper
Stacy Levy, environmental artist
Timon McPhearson (moderator), urban ecologist, The New School
This is the third program in our new series, New York's Future in a Changing Climate, which explores the challenges and opportunities presented in the Museum's Future City Lab, the interactive third gallery in the New York at Its Core exhibition. To view all of the programs in the series, click here.
About the Speakers:
Al Appleton is an international environmental and infrastructure consultant, Senior Fellow at The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, and Adjunct Associate Professor at The Cooper Union. He has interlocking expertise in water resource and water utility management, infrastructure economics, and public finance, land use and landscape preservation, and the economics of sustainable development. Previously, Mr. Appleton served as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Director of the New York City Water and Sewer system.
Paul Gallay is the President of Riverkeeper, working to protect the Hudson River and the drinking water supplies for nine million New Yorkers. An attorney and educator, Gallay has dedicated himself to the environmental movement since 1987, when he left the private practice of law and went to work for the New York State Attorney General. In 1990, Gallay began a ten-year stint at New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, where he brought hundreds of corporate and government polluters to justice.
Stacy Levy collaborates directly with natural processes like tides, erosion, plant growth, wind direction and rain. She creates large-scale sculpture installations to show the presence of nature in the city. Her projects often float on urban rivers and lakes, or are embedded into parking lots and streets. Many of her recent projects utilize storm water runoff, to make rainwater an asset to the site. Her works have been shown at Documenta 11, Mass MoCA, & Wave Hill. She has recently been on two winning teams for rainwater infrastructure design: Soak it up Design Award from the Philadelphia Water Department, and the Green Infrastructure Challenge for DC Water, Washington DC.
Dr. Timon McPhearson (moderator) is an Associate Professor of Urban Ecology, Director of the Urban Systems Lab, and is on the research faculty at the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School. His work has been published in scientific journals such as Nature and Nature Climate Change as well as in books including Urban Planet (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press). He co-leads the US National Science Foundation “Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather Related Events” Sustainability Research Network in the US and Latin America.
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