New Yorkers are fortunate to have state agencies and organizations that are paying attention to planning for extreme weather and the stresses of a warmer world. But only your community can decide local priorities for being prepared for an extended disruption such as a power outage. We can help your community figure out how prepared it is to keep the lights on when the grid goes down – and do so in a way that allows for deeper conversations about many more aspects of resilience. Half-day, full-day or customized workshops are available.
We are also researching ways to shift economic activity from a sole focus on production and consumption, into a restorative mode – to identify jobs and business opportunities that are part of an environmental breakthrough. Clean energy and energy-efficiency, advanced materials and water conservation are all part of this. We are working in a new partnership to explore the kinds of businesses and social enterprises that can be developed in the conservation and restoration of water. This “Water Innovation Network” met in New York City with a group of social impact investors and strategists on September 14, 2017, and is now delving into the opportunities in such areas as water infrastructure, breakthrough technologies in industrial water-efficiency, and the water-energy interface.