This video highlights how conservation planning can help communities build a more resilient future. The beautiful Town of Wawarsing in Ulster County, NY completed a natural resources inventory and open space plan to identify conservation priorities and recommend actions. In 2019, the town implemented one of the key policy recommendations by adopting the Critical Environmental Area designation for two ecologically-important resources in the community. Thanks to this work, any potential impacts on the quality of these critical areas must be considered during environmental review.
The Climate Resilience Partnership (CRP) is a combination of research, demonstration, and educational outreach projects to address the challenges of flooding, stream and watershed management, and climate change. It is a partnership being led by the New York State Water Resources Institute at Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension, with support from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program. This project was initiated in the summer of 2012.
Below is work that has been completed with communities within the region as well as our current work. This work funded by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation Hudson River Estuary Program and the NYS Water Resources Institute with support from the NYS Environmental Protection Fund.
Climate Smart Communities (CSC) is a New York State program that helps local governments take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to a changing climate. The program offers free technical assistance, grants, and rebates for electric vehicles.
Registered communities have made a commitment to act by passing the CSC pledge. Certified communities are the foremost leaders in the state; they have gone beyond the CSC pledge by completing and documenting a suite of actions that mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local level. See a map of and data pertaining to participating climate-smart communities at https://climatesmart.ny.gov/.
The CAD Studio links Cornell students in landscape architecture with flood-risk Hudson Riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for more climate-resilient and connected waterfront areas. Community stakeholders are engaged throughout the studio to help inform the design process and support more usable results for the partner municipality. Learn more about the Climate Adaptive Design (CAD) Project.
To be resilient, waterfront designs should:
Last updated November 29, 2023