Climate Change, Urbanization After the storm, how to make a city more resilient

November 3, 2020
By Erica K. Brockmeier | Penn Today

Eight years after Hurricane Sandy hit New York City, Perry World House (PWH) hosted a panel discussion on the lessons learned from the storm’s aftermath and how cities can use these lessons to better recover from extreme weather events and climate change. The event was co-sponsored by the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes CenterStuart Weitzman School of Design’s Ian L. McHarg Center, and Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Lolita Jackson, special advisor for climate policy and programs in the New York mayor’s office and a visiting PWH fellow, kicked off the discussion with a summary of the devastating impacts of the storm: 44 deaths, hundreds of homes destroyed and thousands more damaged, several days of power outages, and $19 billion in damages and lost economic activity.

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