Join us for a conversation about the challenges facing coastal cities due to the effects of climate change. We will discuss adaptation strategies and resilience efforts across sectors and opportunities for community engagement.


Chris Cook, Chief of Environment, Energy, and Open Space for the City of Boston and Boston Parks Commissioner

Gina McCarthy, Director of the Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment

Colleen Murphy-Dunning, Program Director, Hixon Center for Urban Ecology, Urban Resources Initiative (URI), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Giovanni Zinn, City Engineer, City of New Haven

Open to the Public

Event Cosponsors:

Harvard University Center for the Environment

Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment

HBS Business and Environment Initiative


Cities on the Edge: Climate Adaptation, Resilience & Social Justice

This event honors the recipients of the 2018 Roy Award, the Advancing Green Infrastructure Program, a public-private partnership consisting of the Urban Resources Initiative at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, EMERGE Connecticut, Inc., the City of New Haven Department of Engineering, the Greater New Haven Water Pollution Control Authority, and Common Ground High School. The program address the issues of urban flooding and the pollution of waterways surrounding New Haven during increasingly frequent heavy rainfall events, by building and monitoring bioswales - landscaped areas adjacent to the roadway designed to capture and infiltrate storm water runoff from the street before it can enter a piped sewer system. The program's inclusive, community-driven, science-based approach simultaneously addresses environmental and social challenges facing New Haven, a model  that could be replicated in other cities and communities around the world.

For more information about the Roy Award for Environmental Partnership, click here.