Mayor de Blasio, Lower Manhattan Leaders announce New $100 Million City Commitment to Coastal Resiliency

Office of the Mayor press release, August 27, 2015


The Urban Ecology Lab's Timon McPhearson is quoted in this recent press release by the Office of the Mayor, which introduced a $100 million commitment to help protect lower Manhattan from flooding. McPhearson emphasizes "Simultaneously improving the social, ecological and infrastructural integrity of our city is critical to increasing resilience to climate extremes and other disasters."

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An Urban Ecologist confronts Climate Change 

The New School News, August 19, 2015

For Timon McPhearson, the science couldn’t be clearer: More extreme weather events are on the horizon for New York City. The cause? Climate change. In this article, McPhearson introduces the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), launched and co-led by the New School with the goal  co-produce the knowledge needed to promote resilient, livable cities in a future that will look very different from today. 

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New Nine-City Resilience Network Seeks "Safe-to-Fail" Answers 

Next City, August 18, 2015



The URExSRN project, one of three proposed networks selected this year for funding by the National Science Foundation, has two goals. The first is to help cities reconsider the social and environmental aspects of disaster response, in addition to the technical preparation. The second is to shift infrastructure from a design that’s fail-safe to one that’s safe to fail.

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Researchers confront weather extremes through infrastructure resiliency

FIU News, August 1, 2015



Hurricanes, flooding, droughts, heat waves and other extreme events can cripple crucial infrastructure that enables transit, electricity, water and other services in urban areas. With these types of events becoming more common, it is increasingly important to develop infrastructure in different, more sustainable ways. The Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), a newly formed team of researchers, is addressing these challenges on an international scale. 
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Resilient cities: from fail-safe to safe-to-fail

Arizona State University Website, July 21st 2015



Extreme weather events can cripple the infrastructure that enables transit, electricity, water and other crucial urban services. This leaves citizens cut off and in danger. Certain groups on a city, such as this of low socioeconomic status, are often disproportionally affected. The Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (URExSRN) is a team of 50 researchers and practitioners from 15 different institutions that are leading a new project designed to face these challenges and change the way we think about urban infrastructure. 

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The Rat Paths of New York

New York Times Magazine, April 23, 2015



In his fascinating piece about how rats “get to where they’re going” in New York City, reporter Ryan Bradley interviews The New School’s own Timon McPhearson. A professor of urban ecology, McPhearson uses the subject of rats to open up a larger discussion on the benefits of building a connected city. “McPhearson’s fundamental point,” Bradley writes, “is that spaces where animals can move freely are good for people too.”

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2015's Most & Least Eco-Friendly States

WalletHub, 2015 


WalletHub author John S Kiernan interviewing Timon McPhearson about eco-friendliness at the household, government and global levels to determine the most and least eco-frinedly states across the U.S. 

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A Dissection of the New School Science Lab Open House

The New School Free Press, April 8, 2015


Associate Professor of Biology and Project Shepherd of the University Science Labs Katayoun Chamany coordinated a TNS Science Lab Open House on April 6 in recognition of the expanding spaces and curricular offerings in hands-on science that serve all students at the university.

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Green Infrastructure saving major cities water, money and time

Digital Journal, February 17, 2015

Timon McPhearson on the benefits of building and expanding green infrastructure to help increase the adaptive capacity of cities

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Where the Wild Things Are

Columbia Spectator, September 11, 2014

What differentiates an "urban" place form a "nonurban place"? How are green spaces in cities different from green spaces outside of cities? How can we optimize patterns of consumption to reduce environmental degradation? 

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"Resilience" gains strength as urban planning tool

CitiScope, June 17, 2014



The hottest buzzword in urban planning circles is “resilience.” Timon McPhearson, assistant professor of Urban Ecology at The New School’s Tishman Environment and Design Center in New York, writes on The Nature of Cities that global metropolises are strategizing to become more resilient.

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Resilience lessons from unexpected places

Kresge Foundation, October 18, 2013

Lessons of resilience from cities like New Orleans and Detroit who encompass not just environmental sustainability, but also economic vitality, social cohesion and equity and inclusion in a full-spectrum conception of resilience.

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Turning Vacant Lots from Eyesore to Opportunity

Planetizen, August 23, 2012

Vacant lots in American cities consume vast amounts of land, which many are noes recognizing as places of opportunity. Some cities and citizens are transforming once empty urban spaces into vibrant community-fostering places. 

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The chef's art: A new movement is turning meals and hospitality into a new art medium

Christian Science Monitor, December 21, 2011

Relational aesthetics refers to art in which meaning is created through social exchange and audience participation. For some artists, socially engaging art is an alternative means of education. Michael Cirino and chef Daniel Castaño, cofounders of "a razor, a shiny knife", a culinary performance group, recently collaborated with Timon McPhearson in a program called "New York Mudpies or A Taste of Climate Change: Urban Reforestation in NYC."

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An Urban Forest in the Making 

Urban Nature Blog, October 17, 2011




In October 2011, over 2000 trees of various species were planted by over 350 volunteers throughout the Clearview Park of Queens. As they grow, they will attempt to fight off the urban factors trying to keep them down. Hopefully, at least 70 percent will live to be enjoyed by generations to come. 

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From Construction Dump to Wilderness

Urban Nature Blog, October 17, 2011

One little piece of mulch and trash covered land in Brooklyn's Marine Park underwent the first stages of becoming a mini urban forest in October 2011.

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New School Students Plant 7,000 Trees

The New School Press Room, October 17, 2011




In October 2011, New School students helped plant more than 7,000 trees in a a multi-day city-wide forest restoration project organized by MillionTreesNYC, an initiative co-sponsored by the New York Restoration Project and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. 

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Green for Green: ACIR Focused First Year on Sustainability

The New School Blog, July 18, 2011


Since it was created in November 2009, the The New School’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility (ACIR) has made great strides in its mission to advocate for an investment portfolio that reflects values embraced by New School students, faculty, and staff.

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Climate Activists Hit the Streets

The Nation, November 9, 2009

Timon McPhearson collaborating with author/environmentalist Bill McKibben and his organization 350, the Day of Action, on the citywide reforestation program called MillionTreesNYC. 

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