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Climate-Proof Networks

Event Rewire
May 8th, 2024
6:00pm - 8:00pm
80 Pine Street, New York, NY, USA

Kate is Senior Transportation Associate at Stantec. An urban planner, policy-maker, and creative problem-solver, Kate has almost 20 years of transportation policy experience working for and with North American cities, including New York City. Kate has worked extensively developing guidance on urban bikeway design, shared micromobility, agency structure, managing emerging technologies and transportation equity. Under Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Sadik-Khan, Kate worked at the New York City Department of Transportation where she designed and implemented Citi Bike, the nation’s largest and most heavily used bike share program. Also at NYCDOT, under Commissioner Trottenberg, Kate was a lead author of New York City’s Vision Zero Action Plan, creating the policy framework to help bring traffic deaths in New York City to their lowest recorded levels.

Luba is Principal and Head of Via’s Strategy team, helping municipalities and transit authorities across the world improve their public transit systems to be more efficient, equitable, and sustainable. Prior to her role at Via, she was Assistant Director at the NYC Department of City Planning.

Mary Kimball is an urban planner with Arcadis with a focus on community resilience planning and climate adaptation. As the Urban and Community Resilience Team Leader she leads a team that works on adaptation planning, climate risk assessment, and implementation of resiliency project across the country, including the New York City metro area, New England, Mid-Atlantic, Gulf Coast, and the Bay Area. She has over a decade of experience in working on resilience planning in the New York City on numerous complex, interdisciplinary planning projects at multiple scales, including large state or regional policy initiatives and coastal resilience master plans.

Neg Lakew is Senior Advisor to the Deputy Mayor of Operations. At the Office of the Mayor, he works closely with New York City infrastructure related to climate resiliency and environmental protection, with a key focus on planning, design, budgeting and policy. Neg leads by providing guidance and insight from City Hall for over $5.3 B in coastal flood protection projects while assisting and advocating for environmental protection and quality of life for all New Yorkers.

Tiffany-Ann Taylor is the Vice President for Transportation at the Regional Plan Association (RPA). She previously worked at DOT and EDC where she led transformative passenger transportation projects, freight policy, and truck safety and compliance initiatives. Tiffany worked for the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development & Planning where her projects centered on passenger transportation, open space, and economic development. She holds a B.A in Government from The College of William & Mary and a M.S in City & Regional Planning from Pratt Institute.

Join us for a roundtable discussion on shaping resilient transportation with Kate Fillen-Yeh, Luba Guzei, Mary Kimball, Neg Lakew and Tiffany-Ann Taylor.

Decarbonizing New York City’s transportation network will help us reach our emissions goals and improve environmental health. However, as we move away from car-centric commutes, New Yorkers are increasingly exposed to heatwaves, extreme flooding and air quality events. If we hope to promote a shift towards clean mobility, it’s imperative that we prioritize resilient infrastructure to withstand worsening weather.

We will discuss strategies for climate-proofing transportation with Kate Fillen-Yeh, Luba Guzei, Mary Kimball, Neg Lakew and Tiffany-Ann Taylor. Following presentations, we will invite responses from attendees. 

How can we strengthen network resilience across multiple modes of mobility?

Guest & Accessibility Policies

Urban Design Forum promotes conversations between invited civic leaders, designers, developers, and advocates. This event is open to Forum Fellows and their guests. Fellows can RSVP through this link.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully.

  • The venue will have an entrance and elevators that are ADA-accessible.
  • This event will have microphones and speakers.
  • If you’re not feeling well, please stay home. Face masks are encouraged, particularly if you have been recently exposed to colds, flus, or other illness. If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 10 days, a high-quality, well-fitting face covering is required at all times.
  • Please refrain from wearing strong fragrances to accommodate guests with allergies or environmental sensitivities.
  • If you have additional needs, we will do our best to accommodate. Please contact rsvp@urbandesignforum.org.
About Rewire

Our 2024 Next New York initiative, Rewire, explores how we can reshape the existing city to build climate-positive neighborhoods. Through public programs and working groups, Fellows will advance ideas to adapt existing buildings and public spaces to reduce carbon and protect from climate impacts.  

Rewire is made possible with lead support from Stantec and with the continued support of our Board of DirectorsDirector’s CircleCompany Members, and Global Circle, as well as our individual members through membership dues. Special thanks to Thornton Tomasetti for hosting our working group meetings.

Urban Design Forum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.  To learn more about supporting Rewire, please contact Miranda Bellizia, miranda@urbandesignform.org.

Image credit: Dave Bledsoe CC BY-NC-SA

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