Responding to the Crisis: The Future of Climate in Cities

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The economies in America’s largest cities are being hard-hit by the COVID-19 crisis. They are in dire need of support as they enter hurricane season and potentially the hottest summer on record, especially with many Americans still at home. Federal investments are critical for a recovery from the pandemic while helping cities become climate-resilient, opening the door for new opportunities to spur economic growth in places that need it the most.

On Thursday, May 28, along with Our Daily Planet and the University of Michigan hosted a solutions-based discussion on how cities can apply sustainable, recovery-centered solutions during a pandemic with the Director of the New York City Mayor's Office of Resiliency Jainey Bavishi, the University of Michigan’s Tony Reames, and Bloomberg Associates’ Adam Freed.  

Jainey Bavishi, Director of the New York City (NYC) Mayor’s Office of Resiliency

Jainey Bavishi on how NYC is working on the twin challenges of COVID-19 and climate change. 

Adam Freed, Principal at Bloomberg Associates

Adam Freed on how mayors around the world are thinking creatively about addressing climate and access in the age of COVID-19. 

Tony Reames, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Environment and Sustainability

Tony Reames on why policymakers should be using community-focused policies to address climate and issues of access in American cities.