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Friday, October 23 • 10:00am - 10:20am
Building Community-Based Resilience Through Technological Innovation

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Superstorm Sandy had a disproportionate impact on small businesses throughout the city, many of which lack the resources to invest in improvements to build their resilience. NYCEDC developed the RISE: NYC program to support small businesses to become more resilient, identifying and deploying innovative technologies in the energy, telecom, and building systems sectors through an international multi-stage competition. In this session, the people behind some of the winning designs will discuss their technologies and how they mobilize and engage community networks to promote resiliency.

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R. David Gibbs

Founding Member, Power Rockaways Resilience
R. David Gibbs specializes in renewable energy and green construction. David was introduced to sustainable design as a student in Switzerland, and developed a passion for renewable energy and off-grid living in Alaska. He is a founding member of Power Rockaways Resilience; honored as a White House Champions of Change for their relief work after Hurricane Sandy. David facilitates the development of a local green workforce as an instructor at... Read More →
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Pamela Puchalski

Director, Resilient Communities, New America
Pamela Puchalski is Director of the Resilient Communities Program at New America. Working in the U.S. and internationally, she designs and implements initiatives for urban resilience, neighborhood revitalization and economic development. Prior to joining New America, she developed a resilience strategy anchored by community-based approaches with Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities. She also launched the Global Cities Initiative at... Read More →
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Marcus Quigley

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Opti
Mr. Quigley has more than 20 years experience in solving complex engineering problems as well as leading and managing major projects and running organizations. Before founding Opti, he was a Principal at Geosyntec Consultants and past member of the Board of Directors. As a national technical leader he has extensive experience in passive and active stormwater and green infrastructure design and construction, research and development, modeling... Read More →
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Mary Rowe

Executive Vice President, MAS
Mary is the Executive Vice President of the Municipal Art Society, a century-old advocacy organization working to promote the livability and resilience of New York City through effective urban planning, land use, design and civic engagement. Mary leads MAS programming and advocacy work in New York City for effective urban planning, land use and urban design and cultural development that strengthens the livability and resilience of the city and... Read More →

Friday October 23, 2015 10:00am - 10:20am
The TimesCenter

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