INVITATION: Sustainable Development Workshop Briefings (12/9)

You are invited to come hear about the exciting projects in sustainable development students have been working on all semester! As these presentations are a great way for you to become acquainted with the program’s expectations of what you will have the ability to accomplish by your senior year, we highly suggest that you attend.

Undergraduate Sustainable Development Workshop Briefings:
The Undergraduate Program in Sustainable Development presents the final briefings for the Capstone Workshop in Sustainable Development (SDEV W3280). Students will present their work with clients including West Point Academy, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, and the West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc.

Monday, December 9, 2013
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Lerner Hall Room 569

Register now! Please send an email to me at Jsotomayor@ei.columbia.edu.

Client: West Point Academy
Funded by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, the client’s end goal is to analyze and prevent potential conflicts driven by water scarcity in the region by conducting an official study on population growth and water availability in the Nile River Basin. By investigating the potential effects of climate change on temperature and precipitation in the Nile River Basin, and how these changes may affect river hydrology through the end of the 21st century, students will use their analysis to produce a nested climate model which analysts at West Point Academy will use to more precisely model potential conflict, establish measures of prevention, and guide water distribution for the rest of the century.

Client: Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA)
The client– in partnership with civic, public, and private partners- would like to create a council to stimulate and incentivize environmentally resilient, ecologically restorative and publicly accessible waterfront development in the New York-New Jersey Harbor and Estuary. The council will certify waterfront projects that meet the waterfront design guidelines, guidelines for ecological quality and public access and related criteria for resiliency from coastal flooding, sea level rise, and wave action. Students have been asked to assist the MWA in defining the waterfront building council’s possible structure and initial priorities, and to produce a model for operations and financing.

Client: West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WEACT)
Students will assist WEACT in developing a strategy to enact their Harlem Green Zone Initiative as legislation. The Harlem Green Zone Initiative aims to address the combined challenges of high unemployment, poorly maintained housing, and a legacy of environmental degradation and related poor health outcomes, in what the New York State DEC has designated as an “environmental justice” area and transform these zones into thriving neighborhoods. Students will conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed policy and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of similar zoning policies across the country, as well as the legislative mechanisms that were used to bring the policies into effect to develop a model case of the Harlem Green Zone and conduct a pro forma analysis of the model.

For further information on the above event, please feel free to contact me at jsotomayor@ei.columbia.edu or 212-851-9350.

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