Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director, NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery & Resiliency

On March 8, 2018, New York Advanced Energy held its stakeholder breakfast at the offices of Duane Morris. The event brought AEG’s stakeholder members to discuss the topics of Energy Resiliency and Critical Infrastructure.

This installment of the AEG Podcast features Susanne DesRoches, deputy director of Infrastructure and Energy at the Mayor’s Office. She emphasized three things; the aftermath of Sandy, how we look at vulnerability now, and how these things mesh with the city’s GHG reduction goals. After Superstorm Sandy hit in 2013, New York City developed “Stronger More Resilient NY,” a plan with 257 initiatives to recover from the storm and rebuild communities stronger than before. Since then, there has been a fair amount of progress leading up to many smaller projects within the framework, such as the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project (ESCRP), which is strengthening coastal defenses, upgrading buildings, and making neighborhoods safer. The initiatives look into other risks besides storms – heat, for example, kills over 100 people a year in New York City and causes a lot more stress. The Cool Neighborhood Report illustrates specific strategies that are implemented city-wide on how things hold heat and prepare for less vegetation.

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