Are you ready for an AIANY Climate Change Tour in New York
On this 3-hour tour we will cruise by green buildings, sustainable parks, renewable energy sites, post-Superstorm Sandy flood walls and resiliency measures, recycling plants and the future home of an offshore wind turbine assembly pier! Step aboard Yacht Manhattan or Manhattan II for the AIANY Climate Change Tour: Resiliency, Sustainable Architecture and the Future of NYC and learn about how climate change is affecting our city and people, and the actions NYC is taking to mitigate pending threats and reduce its carbon footprint.
Hosted & narrated by American Institute of Architects' member, Doug Fox Captivating stories and innovative projects that highlight how New York City is addressing climate change on multiple fronts and confronting pressing challenges that must be solved immediately. Offered aboard Manhattan or Manhattan II (1920s inspired yachts), that are private, elegant tables assigned in a climate-controlled salon. Each table features cushioned seating, a large, openable exterior window and clear partitions. One complimentary drink (beer, wine, Champagne or soft drink) is offered. Additional beverages are available for purchase.
This tour will address the pressing need for sustainable design and greater resiliency, delving into how New York City is reducing fossil fuel consumption, strengthening its natural habitats, and reimagining its transportation infrastructure. The tour will also explore the importance of the environmental justice movement in New York City.
Get a compelling and comprehensive view of the steps that interdisciplinary teams of urban planners, architects, landscape architects, developers and community groups are taking to address storm surges, intense rains and hotter temperatures. Admire many up-close examples of green buildings and sustainable designs that reduce energy consumption, water usage and pollution while creating healthy living environments.
Experience new wetlands and tidal marshes along the tour route that play a role in mitigating storm surges, fostering diverse ecosystems and creating new park space. See first hand the importance of the environmental justice movement in New York City. People of color and low-income families have often been pushed into low-lying neighborhoods that are most prone to flooding, have the highest levels of pollution and suffer most from the urban heat island effect.
Highlights along the way:
- Experience numerous examples of green buildings in New York City that adhere to the LEED and Passive House standards. These residential and office buildings are reducing their carbon footprint and creating healthier living environments.
- Consider how 500,000 buildings in New York City will soon have to comply with ambitious climate change legislation that will require a move away from fossil fuels and energy-efficiency retrofits to comply with the new regulations.
- Examine specific challenges faced by low-income neighborhoods and communities of color that often contend with a larger range of environmental and health threats than wealthier neighborhoods.
- Delve into competing plans for how NYC should best protect itself from future hurricanes: Should we build massive flood walls with movable gates at the entrances to the harbor and rivers, should we limit ourselves to barriers along shorelines or should we embrace nature-based solutions?
- See completed and under construction coastal resiliency projects as we travel by the Lower East Side, Battery Park City and other neighborhoods.
- Learn about Superstorm Sandy and its impacts on New York City.
- See up-close how our recycling system operates in New York City through marine transfer stations, barges and processing plants.-See the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Roosevelt Island, United Nations, Inwood, East River Park, Riverside Park and more!
Month of October:
- The month of October is the 10 year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The best way to understand the impact of Superstorm Sandy on New York City is by traveling along its waterways… We will discus the impacts on New York City!
What are you waiting for? Join us now on this AIANY Climate Change Tour in New York!