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Built Environment Symposium

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Built Environment Symposium

Please join AECOM and the New York Building Congress with Knowledge Partner McKinsey & Company for a series of panel discussions on climate change adaptation and resiliency strategies.

Topics include Battery Park City Coastal Resiliency: Systemically Reducing Risk in Lower Manhattan; Water Reclamation and Reuse Innovation: Preserving a Precious Resource; New York City’s Climate Mobilization Act: Significantly Reducing Building Emissions; and The Role of Equity in Resilience Investment and Planning.

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Climate Crisis, Land Use & Human Rights

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Climate Crisis, Land Use & Human Rights

On September 27th, the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Landesa, and Wake Forest Law School will be hosting a day-long conference on the intersection between land use, the climate crisis and clean energy transition, and human rights.

MEDITATION & MULTIMEDIA ACTIVISM

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MEDITATION & MULTIMEDIA ACTIVISM

Sheng Zhen Meditation (Mindfulness) as a system for balance and clarity in a world with a changing climate. Clarity and balance as a driving force for effective high performing Climate Activism.

Building Sustainable Tourism Together

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Building Sustainable Tourism Together

This fall, the world’s leading minds on climate action will come together for Climate Week NYC. On September 27, the Javits Center will become The Nest, hosting a series of conferences dedicated to cutting-edge sustainable practices for the tourism and transportation industries.

Pressed for Time: Plants & Climate Change

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Pressed for Time: Plants & Climate Change

Herbarium Open House

Explore ways that scientists use plants to study climate change during a behind-the-scenes visit to the Steere Herbarium, one of the largest collections of specimens that have recorded plant life on our planet for the past 300 years.

Survival Instincts: Living Fossils

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Survival Instincts: Living Fossils

Survival Instincts: Living Fossils & Other Extreme Plants Plant Research Lab Tour

Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at NYBG’s state-of-the-art laboratory and meet some of the scientists who lead teams studying DNA and genomes in order to understand plant diversity at the most fundamental level. Highlighted research projects include Living fossils, aimed at understanding plant lineages that have survived for hundreds of millions of years, and EvoNet, which seeks to explain how plants survive in extreme climates.

Included with All-Garden Pass Admission.

Brazilian Biodiversity: Assessing Threats

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Brazilian Biodiversity: Assessing Threats

A Conversation with Garden Scientist Fabián Michelangeli, Ph.D.

The Atlantic Coastal Forest of Brazil is recognized as one of Earth’s biodiversity hotspots. Nearly half of the plants growing there are found nowhere else—and many of them are in danger of extinction, primarily from human activities. Garden scientist Dr. Fabián Michelangeli discusses his long-term research efforts to understand the relationships among climate, geography, and plant diversity in the region, and relate this information to broader patterns of plant diversity in South America.

Smart Cities in a Changing Climate

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Smart Cities in a Changing Climate

The CUNY Environmental Sciences Initiative is planning 'Smarter Cities in a Changing Climate: Preparing the 21st Century Workforce', a half-day event that welcomes CUNY students and faculty, government and NGO practitioners, and industry representatives to discuss preparing the workforce needed to develop ‘smart', climate-resilient cities.

Activating Local Solutions 

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Activating Local Solutions 

Join the World Green Building Council, Urban Green Council and Canadian Consulate in New York at a Climate Week NYC invitation-only event exploring the opportunities for businesses and governments in the zero carbon emissions economy of the future.

Buildings represent 70 % of carbon emissions in big cities and are a critical solution to the climate emergency facing us. New construction, existing building stock and embodied emissions from materials and construction must all be addressed in order to achieve a fully decarbonized built environment.