OPEN LETTER TO FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL LEGISLATORS CONCERNING  OUR NEED FOR A CLIMATE RESILIENCE INVESTMENT TAX CREDIT The Natural Resilience Fund, Inc.TM©2013 is a New York not-for-profit corporation set up to create a fund to fill the financing gap for approved Government Climate Resilience Programs that are slated to be initiated but lack full funding. […]

Phase I of The NRF

PHASE I OF THE NATURAL RESILIENCE FUND©TM The quickest way for The NRF to provide immediate results is to focus on providing climate resilience retrofits for housing units, small commercial buildings (50,000 square feet or less) and BIDs (Building Improvement Districts) in flood zones. We are initially focusing on New York City, Long Island, coastal […]

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 […]

Upcoming climate resilience events in New York CityI know that there are a lot of efforts going on about climate resilience.  Here are some upcoming events in NYC: November 19th 8:30 – 1 PM Financing an equitable and resilient future. http://www.eventbrite.com/e/financing-an-equitable-and-resilient-future-tickets-8885640189.  This event is sponsored by the New York City Bar Association, Better, Inc. and Pratt […]

RTPs

One of the possible great short term solutions to storm surges are RTPs (Resilient Tunnel Plugs).  ILC Dover, a company that makes space suits recently presented to Gov Cuomo and the MTA an RTP solution. My wife, Ellie, found the link: http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/ILC-Dover-Demonstrates-Flood-Mitigation-Solution-in-Lower-Manhattan-on-Sandy-Anniversary-20017460?utm_source=The+BroadsheetDAILY+November+12%2C+2013&utm_campaign=google+june+12&utm_medium=email My only concern with these RTPs is an answer to the question: Where […]

Yesterday I attended a talk at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) where Dan Zarrilli, Director of Resilience for NYC was the keynote speaker.  The AIA is where I first got interested in climate resilience back in September 2012. Lance Brown and Illya Azaroff, co-chairs of the AIA Design for Risk and Reconstruction (DfRR) coordinated […]

We have started to define the scope of the Economic Environmental Impact Statement (EEIS) and are looking for feedback about further refining the parameters of the study.  We are in touch with public and private institutions and consulting firms to determine how to best proceed. DRAFT SCOPE FOR ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EEIS) THE NATURAL […]

Some thoughts about how the climate resilience investment tax credit (CRITC) might actually work. We have thought about the CRITC initially for New York City and New York State but the platform could easily be expanded nationally and even internationally. Traditionally, investment tax credits are generally true investments in things like rehabilitating historic structures into […]

Big day for me and the NYW team yesterday as our project got its final approval from the City of New York.  It is because of the New York Wheel project that I decided to form the NRF. Because the Wheel will be partially located in a flood zone, we studied how we might make […]