Join us for a lunchtime discussion with the 2020 Forefront Fellows on investing in an inclusive green economy in New York City.

This year, our Forefront Fellows partnered with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives and Mayor’s Office of M/WBE to collect creative recommendations on channeling investment in building retrofits to MWBEs, employee owned businesses, and workers of color. Our report, Cooperative Works: Equitable Business Development Strategies for the Retrofit Market, compiles research and recommendations for supporting equitable business development.

In the wake of the pandemic, New York City must renew its commitment to closing the racial wealth gap while progressing toward its ambitious climate commitments. Leveraging Local Law 97, we have a generational opportunity not only to retrofit the city’s building stock, but shape a new economy.

Our Forefront Fellows Cara MichellDonna U. Hope, and Polina Bakhteiarov provided an overview of our recommendations, followed by a discussion with energy equity advocate Daphany Rose Sanchez and retrofit expert Saul Brown on shaping a green and equitable economic recovery. Listen back below.

About Forefront ↓

Forefront is an annual initiative cultivating emerging leaders in urban design, development and policy. Our 2020 Fellowship, Cooperative Works, explores how to support minority-owned businesses and workers of color, expand worker cooperatives, and democratize economic resources to build a more inclusive economy.