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July 14, 2019

Building a Resilient Future Day

In preparation for the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit, USL will co-host the Global Resilience Partnership Building a Resilient Future Day on September 22 at The New School. Registration is now open.


July 7, 2019

Green Roofs Research Conference

As part of the Green Roof Researchers Alliance, USL is collaborating with the Audubon Society on this year’s State of Green Roofs in NYC Conference at the Javits Convention Center on September 27. Register today.


July 1, 2019

National Recreation and Park Association Research Symposium

Zbigniew Grabowski will share current work on green infrastructure at the 2019 National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Research Symposium, which takes place September 24-26 in Baltimore. 


June 21, 2019

Agricultural Response to Climate Change in the Peruvian Coastal Desert

Claudia Tomateo presented her research on coastal agriculture and resilience at the Earth Institute’s “At What Point Managed Retreat? Resilience Building in the Coastal Zone” conference.


June 12, 2019

Presentation and Panel at Helsinki University on Climate Resilience

The Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science hosted a presentation by USL director Timon McPhearson followed by a panel discussion with the Finnish Environment Institute and the Ministry of the Environment.


June 6, 2019

New Publication on Knowledge Politics of Coastal Risk

Zbigniew Grabowski collaborated with Mary Ann Rozance, Ashlie Denton, Marissa Matsler, and Wendy Mayhugh on a paper in Environmental Science & Policy about planning for sea-level rise.


June 4, 2019

Inclusive Planning for Climate Adaptation

Timon McPhearson co-facilitated a Seed Workshop on public participation in planning for climate adaptation at the Nature of Cities Summit in Paris. He also helped organize the summit.


May 21, 2019

Feminist and Decolonial Perspectives on Urban Resilience

Katinka Wijsman and Mathieu Feagan published “Rethinking Knowledge Systems for Urban Resilience: Feminist and Decolonial Contributions to Just Transformations” in Environmental Science & Policy.


May 18, 2019

Artists and Scientists Partner to Address Climate Change

Elizabeth Cook served on a panel at the Broto conference dedicated to exploring cooperation between artists and scientists in understanding complex systems and responding to climate change on a global scale.


May 13, 2019

Infrastructure Week in Washington, DC

Zbigniew Grabowski participated in Infrastructure Week 2019 as part of USL’s research project with the Cary Institute on green infrastructure planning in relation to social equity and environmental justice.


May 11, 2019

Mapping Social and Environmental Injustices in New York City

Pablo Herreros and Veronica Olivotto are sharing their spatial analyses of urban risk and ecosystem services in relation to social equity at the Mapping (In)Justice symposium November 7-8.


May 6, 2019

From the Field Podcast on Climate Vulnerability and Urban Resilience

Timon McPhearson’s From the Field episode addresses the effects of climate change on cities and a multifaceted strategy for dealing with heatwaves.


May 2, 2019

Extreme Heat Projections in High Resolution

Luis Ortiz led a group of researchers in publishing “High‐Resolution Projections of Extreme Heat in New York City” in the International Journal of Climatology.


April 22, 2019

The Nature Conservancy and USL Contribute to Green Building Legislation

USL conducted research and analysis used in a Nature Conservancy report on green roofs that influenced New York City’s new green building legislation.


April 16, 2019

Two New Awards from the Ecological Society of America

The Ecological Society of America selected Timon McPhearson and coauthors to receive the 2019 Sustainability Science Award and the Innovation in Sustainability Science Award.


April 12, 2019

Scenario Development Workshop in Miami

Elizabeth Cook, Timon McPhearson, and other members of the UREx Sustainable Research Network gathered to envision and plan resilient urban futures in collaboration with local residents.


April 5, 2019

Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

Zbigniew Grabowski and Jing Wang attended the AAG Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., to give presentations on green infrastructure and green space, respectively.


March 21, 2019

New Publication on Urban Resilience and Pluralism in Environmental Science & Policy

“Enhancing Urban Resilience Knowledge Systems through Experiential Pluralism,” by Zbigniew Grabowski, P. Zion Klosc, and Chad Monfreda, is now available online.


March 12, 2019

Jing Wang Recieves NASA-MSU Award

NASA and Michigan State University will fund USL visiting scholar Jing Wang to present her work at the 2019 annual meeting of the U.S. International Association for Landscape Ecology.


March 1, 2019

‘Science and the Future of Cities’ Report Now Available Online

Timon McPhearson took part in the expert panel convened by Nature Sustainability to produce a report on global, urban, and interdisciplinary collaboration between science and policy. 


February 20, 2019

USL Presents at the Summit on ‘Science for Decision-Making in a Warmer World’

Veronica Olivotto and Luis Ortiz will share their work on climate risk and resilience at the New York Academy of Sciences on March 15.


FEBRUARY 6, 2019

WNYC Hosts Cary Institute and USL Discussion on Urban Ecology

Joshua Ginsberg, Timon McPhearson, and Steward Pickett held a recorded conversation on urban ecology in relation to social equity and resilience.


FEBRUARY 1, 2019

Co-Developing Scenarios for Climate Resilience in Puerto Rico

Elizabeth Cook, Luis Ortiz, and Timon McPhearson joined UREx colleagues in San Juan to model alternative futures using Big Data and Machine Learning.


January 28, 2019

Urban Sustainability in the Anthropocene

A multidisciplinary group of scientists — including USL’s Timon McPhearson — is meeting in Stockholm to discuss sustaining critical habitats in the Anthropocene.


January 20, 2019

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change WGII Kick-Off in Durban

Timon McPhearson and IPCC Working Group II met to begin work on the “Climate Change 2021: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability” section of the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6).


december 18, 2018

National Academy of Sciences Features UREx SRN Projects on Climate Resilience

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a detailed article on USL’s work as part of the Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN).


December 13, 2018

Social Justice and Health Equity in Urban Greening

As part of the ENABLE project, USL shared research findings on inequitable environmental risks and benefits at the Beyond Re-Naturing Cities Symposium in Barcelona.


December 10, 2018

Reframing Urban Resilience Implementation

Timon McPhearson presented at the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU) Congress, addressing socio-environmental resilience, sustainability, and transformation.


December 5, 2018

USL’s Green Roof Ecology Students Present their Research and Designs

New School students collaborated on civic engagement projects including green walls, a guide to local vegetation, and climate analysis with microsensors installed on green roofs.


October 26, 2018

URBES Wins the BiodivERsA Prize for Excellence and Impact

BiodivERsA awarded the Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) Project with a detailed feature of its work in a video produced by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform.


October 15, 2018

USL Article on Social Media and Urban Sustainability Published in Nature

Rositsa T. Ilieva and Timon McPhearson published an article in Nature Sustainability on the use of social-media data to understand and transform urban systems.


SepTEMBER 20, 2018

USL Contributes to a Government Study of Flood Risks in New York City

Researchers from USL are working with NYC’s Department of Environmental Protection and the Mayor’s Office on a $1.8M interdisciplinary study of flood risks.


September 10, 2018

Conference Keynote in Cape Town

The URBIO 2018 conference on urban biodiversity and food security featured a keynote by Timon McPhearson titled “Mainstreaming Urban Nature-Based Solutions for Resilience in the Anthropocene.”


July 12, 2018

Future of Cities Interview on Urban Infrastructure, Climate Resilience, and Quality of Life

Marsh & McLennan Insights sought USL’s perspective on confronting problems associated with climate change and urbanization as part of their Future of Cities series.


February 26, 2018

USL Director Joins the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Timon McPhearson was recently nominated by Future Earth and the Stockholm Resilience Centre to serve as an author of the IPCC Assessment Report.


January 25, 2018

Painting with Invasive Pigments

USL appeared in a recent PNAS article on Brooklyn-based artist Ellie Irons, who uses pigments derived from invasive species, or what she calls “spontaneous urban plants.”


November 30, 2017

Dimensions of Political Ecology

Katinka Wijsman, along with Melissa Davidson (ASU) and Erin Friedman (CUNY), is organizing a session at the Dimensions of Political Ecology conference in Lexington, Kentucky.


November 12, 2017

Graduate Research Opportunities

USL is pleased to offer two Graduate Research Fellowship positions and two Graduate Research Associate positions in the coming year through the NSF-funded UREx SRN project.


October 19, 2017

NYC Nature Goals 2050

USL is hosting an NYC Nature Goals 2050 workshop today, helping to articulate what people want from urban nature and why.


October 11, 2017

Climate Change and the Future of New York

In partnership with the Museum of the City of New York, USL contributed to a series of events on the future of New York City in a changing climate.


September 20, 2017

Everything Water 3.0

On September 19, 2017, The Center for Architecture in New York City held a panel on pressing issues related to water at the regional scale.


March 20, 2017

Resilient Cities, Livable Futures

Today USL will host scientists and other practitioners from 10 cities across the Americas to discuss confronting climate change.


November 18, 2016

NYC Nature Goals 2050

USL director Timon McPhearson contributed to the Declaration of Rights to New York City Nature as part of the NYC Nature Goals 2050 workshop.


OCTOBER 20, 2016

Habitat III Conference in Ecuador

Yaella Depietri, Bart Orr, and Timon McPhearson participated in the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito.


August 5, 2016

Urban Resilience Research Network

As part of the Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather-Related Events Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN), USL conducts action research on urban infrastructure and ecosystem services.


May 1, 2016

Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook

USL helped update the Federal Resource Management and Ecosystem Services Guidebook published by the National Ecosystem Services Partnership (NESP).


January 16, 2016

Sustainable Food Production in Cities

Katinka Wijsman co-authored a chapter in the edited volume "Cities of Farmers: Urban Agricultural Practices and Processes.”


October 17, 2015

Urban Nature Symposium

Jari Niemelä and Timon McPhearson presented at a symposium on urban ecology, planning, and the arts organized by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.


August 13, 2015 

Centennial Meeting of the Ecological Society of America

USL is in Baltimore presenting papers on urban ecosystem services at the Ecological Society of America’s 100th Annual Meeting.


August 4, 2015 

Urban Biosphere Initiative Dialogue

The Urban Biosphere Initiative (URBIS) held a webinar on ecosystem services in conversation with Lindsay Campbell, Lena Chan, and Timon McPhearson. 


July 9, 2015 

Transitions in the Face of Climate Change

As a member of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), Timon McPhearson participated in the group’s panel discussion during COP21 in Paris.


April 22, 2015 

Earth Matters: Designing our Future

In celebration of Earth Day, The New School Tishman Environment and Design Center is hosting multidisciplinary workshops on climate action and sustainability.


March 23, 2015

Valuing Urban Ecosystems

Timon McPhearson gave an opening keynote for the Natural Capital Symposium at Stanford University, addressing the valuation of urban ecosystem services.


March 11, 2015

Livable Urban Futures

The Livable Urban Futures Initiative launched with a three-day meeting at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.


January 14, 2015

Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Members of the Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (URBES) project convened to discuss research outcomes and opportunities for future collaboration.


October 25, 2014

City as Living Laboratory

Victoria Marshall and Timon McPhearson held a City as Living Lab (CaLL) guided walk in partnership with artist Mary Miss.