This morning I attended a very informative half day session at the New York City Bar called “Financing an Equitable & Resilient Future.” This event was sponsored by a number of not-for-profits including Pratt’s RAMP Initiative (www.rampfinancing.com), Better Inc., Center for social Inclusion (CSI), LISC, an affordable housing NFP and several others.
The three panel discussions had various participants, including two from the Netherlands. The panels were titled: 1) A Framework for Social Inclusion, Resiliency Planning and Transparency, 2) Innovative Finance Alternatives: High and Low Finance for Urban Resiliency, 3) Housing and Infrastructure: Resiliency and Equity.
I did get to mention the NRF during the public comment and it was well received by the few hundred people in the audience.
What I glean from this session, is that we need real action quickly in this arena and we have to make some big decisions about complicated situations and then choose implementation over too much discussion. This is especially true about lower income and disadvantaged populations in our City and in general all over the place, whether it be in New York, or elsewhere.
This evening as mentioned yesterday, I will be attending the Bard MBA in Sustainability’s New York City’s Road to Resiliency, SPN Panel.