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  • Urban Redevelopment: Building Stronger Communities

    WHEN: Thursday, November 7, 2019 8:30 am

    The APA NYM Environmental Committee is partnering with the Center for Creative Land Recycling on November 7th in Brooklyn, NY for “Urban Redevelopment: Building Stronger Communities,” where we’ll build on the understanding that cities are best molded through redevelopment that benefits all. Community leaders will share what they have learned and achieved through their redevelopment projects, and delve into how the beneficial reuse of properties can support social justice, economic growth, climate resilience, and stronger communities.

    6.5 CM credits

    Please register to join us!


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: 6.5 (pending)

  • "Saw Mill Creek Pilot" Mobile Workshop: NYC’s First Wetland Mitigation Bank

    WHEN: Friday, July 26, 2019 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm


    In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, wetland restoration plays an important role in New York City’s rebuilding and resiliency efforts, creating large-scale green infrastructures while balancing sustainable waterfront development.

    The Saw Mill Creek Mitigation Bank Pilot aims at restoring and protecting 68 acres of severely degraded wetlands creating “mitigation credits” that developers can purchase to offset the expected adverse impacts of their future permitted projects.

    REGISTRATION REQUIRED for a FREE guided tour of the Saw Mill Creek, NYC’s First Wetland Mitigation Bank!



    • 2:00 – 2:15 PM | Welcoming on board, sign-in, departure
    • 2:15 – 3:00 PM | Bus travel to Staten Island + introduction to mitigation banking and to the site
    • 3:00 – 5:00 PM | Presentation + guided walking site visit + questions & answers
    • 5:00 – 6:00 PM | Bus travel to Manhattan

    Meeting point: Pier 11 / Wall St., the bus will be parked under the FDR Dr. freeway.

    Organizing team:

    Max Taffet, Vice-president at NYC EDC, New York City Economic Development Corporation

    Robert White, Vice-president at AKRF

    Aldo Treville, Research Analyst at NY Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery

    For more info about the event, please email: aldo.treville@gmail.com


    Mitigation Banks

    Guided by the Clean Water Act, a wetland mitigation bank places a perpetual conservation easement on the land, with a trust fund specifically dedicated to long term management of natural resources inherent to the bank. By securing mitigation credits large landowners, including the government, are able to maintain a property retaining ecological functionality and ecosystem services.

    28 states in USA have established over 1,000 mitigation banks since 1990, resulting in the restoration of over 960,000 acres of wetlands.

    Saw Mill Creek Mitigation Bank

    Saw Mill Creek Marsh is located in Staten Island’s North-West Shore, comprising of previously filled and degraded urban wetlands and upland buffers. During Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the creek suffered from severe flooding, which only worsened the degradation.

    The land is city-owned and managed by the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, while NYC EDC manages the credit sales process. Revenues through the sale of credits are used to reimburse construction costs, perform monitoring, maintenance and long-term stewardship of the site. The ongoing restoration initiative, called M.A.R.S.H.E.S. (Mitigation and Restoration Strategies for Habitat and Ecological Sustainability) is designed to: remove urban fill, improve tidal hydrology exchange, reestablish native plant species, control invasive plant species, minimize contamination risks, and increase fish and wildlife habitat

    Overall it’s expected that the project will improve water quality, flood attenuation, sediment quality, plant diversity, and increase wildlife species abundance and diversity. It will also foster economic development since the project generates 18.64 credits of mitigation for infrastructure and development projects located in Staten Island, Manhattan, and portions of the Bronx and the Brooklyn/Queens waterfront.


    Event Type: Trip
    CM Credits: 2

  • Environmental Committee Meeting July 24th

    WHEN: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:15 pm

    Please join us at our next Environmental Committee Meeting, scheduled for Wednesday, July 24th at 6:15pm at AKRF – 7th Fl.

    We will be discussing our upcoming events, including:

    Saw Mill Creek Pilot Workshop

    We will also discuss proposed legislation by NYC Council related to CEQR.

    The full package of legislation being considered includes:

    News Coverage:


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits:

  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 6:15 pm

    Planners interested in any aspect of environmental planning related to livable, sustainable, healthy communities (be it the green new deal, resiliency, environmental justice, public health, open space or environmental review) please plan to attend this meeting and help us define the committee’s focus moving forward. We are also looking for any planners who might want to take a leadership role in this committee.  Refreshments will be provided!

    If you are interested in the Environmental Committee would appreciate your response to a brief survey about the future direction of the Committee. It will take just a couple minutes to complete at the following link.

    FREE to Attend, but if possible, RSVP for headcount.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm

    Please join us at this important meeting where we will discuss the how best to move forward.  Anyone with an interest in participating in the Environmental Committee Meeting should plan to attend or at least contact us via email.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Parks Without Borders Discussion Series:National Perspectives on Park Access and Equity

    WHEN: Monday, November 26, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Parks and public spaces are the hearts of New York City neighborhoods. City residents rely on their parks to build safe, healthy and vibrant communities where they can relax, play and connect with each other. In New York City and in cities across the country, elected officials, staff, and community groups are pursuing new strategies to improve park access and equity, and proactively engaging residents in the process. This discussion will showcase the work underway in San Francisco, Washington, DC, and other cities, and explore the relationship between park access and equity.

    Speakers include Vaughn Perry, Equitable Development Manager at 11th Street Bridge Park, Phil Ginsburg, General Manager at San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Malo A. Hutson, Director at Urban Community and Health Equity Lab at Columbia, Mitchell J. Silver, Commissioner of NYC Parks. 

    RSVP here! 



    Event Type: Lecture
    CM Credits: 1.25

  • New Trends in Coastal Mitigation: A Detailed Look at In-Water Impacts & Mitigation in NYC

    WHEN: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Building on last fall’s Permitting 101 education event, join the APA Waterfront Committee for a continuing education event to learn about emerging trends in coastal in-water impact mitigation. The following presentations to be given followed by discussion and Q & A:

    • Floating Structures Pilot Project: Fish Utilization & Response and Hydrodynamics & Sediment Transport
      Bonnie Harken, Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc. 
    • Wetland Mitigation in NYC
      Marit Larson, Chief of Natural Resources NYC Parks
    • NYC’s First Bank and Available Wetland Mitigation Credits
      Max Taffet, Vice President of Ports and Transportation, NYCEDC

    Bonnie A. Harken, AIA, APA, is President of Nautilus International Development Consulting, Inc., a multi-disciplinary firm which consults about strategies for planning and implementing successful, sustainable developments that transform cities. Founded in 2003 with a special strength in resilient urban waterfronts, Nautilus has worked in over 25 countries. Recently, Nautilus International was the lead consultant for the PANYNJ on a multi-year study about revitalizing six miles of waterfront in SW Brooklyn and led a consulting team who conducted scientific research about the environmental effects of near-shore floating structures, like ferry terminals, in New York Harbor. Ms. Harken is an internationally-recognized expert in urban waterfront redevelopment and downtown revitalization. Early in her career, Ms. Harken led urban design and architectural teams on a wide number of projects at Battery Park City in New York. Other waterfront projects include strategic planning for General Motors’ 5.5M sf riverfront headquarters in Detroit. Ms. Harken served as the APA NY Metro’s representative on the Mayor Bloomberg’s Waterfront Management Advisory Board. Ms. Harken’s work has won numerous awards for design excellence as well as for meritorious service to the profession from APA. Ms. Harken grew up in Asia and Latin America, studied environmental design at Parsons School of Design, real estate finance at NYU, and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University.

    Marit Larson is the Chief of Natural Resources for NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. She is an environmental scientist with Masters degrees in environmental engineering from the University of Washington and resources management from the University of California at Berkeley. Beginning with a Fulbright Scholarship in Germany to study stream restoration, she has worked on stream and wetland restoration and protection in urban areas for over 25 years. Ms. Larson oversees the protection, restoration, management and conservation of New York City Parks’ 10,000 acres of natural spaces. She is responsible for forest and wetland research, conservation research, and stormwater green infrastructure design and construction, as well as for New York City’s native plant center and its Urban Field Station — a collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service.

    Max Taffet is a Vice President at the New York City Economic Development Corporation in the Ports and Transportation division. Taffet is currently working to implement NYC’s first wetland mitigation bank. Following federally established Clean Water Act guidelines for offsetting impacts to aquatic resources, this 69-acre site on Staten Island’s West Shore is generating credits that represent the first ever environmental compensatory currency to exist in the Port of New York. As VP of Waterfront Planning, Taffet implemented a website called “Waterfront Navigator.NYC” intended to rationalize permitting of coastal development and maintenance as well as leads other complex waterfront siting projects.Taffet has a Masters in Regional Planning from Cornell University and received a B.A. at the University of British Columbia.



    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits: YES, # TBD

  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, November 9, 2017 12:00 am

    Please join us at our next Environmental Committee Meeting.  Among other topics, we will be discussing how to assist any planner interested in taking the final Certified Environmental Planner exam being offered by AICP.  Beginning in January 2018, the committee is prepared to lead a series of informative discussions led by experienced experts in the field to assist any planner preparing for the exam.

    We will also be discussing how to make our web page presence more active and narrowing down topics for our next CM program.

    All are welcome and encouraged to attend.



    Event Type: Discussion
    CM Credits:

  • Environmental Committee Meeting & Discussion October 12, 2017

    WHEN: Thursday, October 12, 2017 6:15 pm

    Environmental Committee Meeting & Discussion
    October 12, 2017

     at  ​6:15pm

    AKRF Offices
    440 Park Avenue South

    Bonnie Franson, ​AICP, CEP will share with us her experience with APA​’s Advanced Specialty Certifications ​regarding AICP’s Certified Environmental Planner (CEP) and the Commission’s recent vote to change the program.

    In addition, we will be discussing Committee Goals as requested by the NY Metro Chapter and plans for meetings and events moving forward.

    Of concern and part of our discussion will be the state of the US EPA.

    We hope you can make it, but if not please plan to attend a future event.


    Event Type: Discussion
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  • Environmental Committee Meeting

    WHEN: Thursday, April 6, 2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    Part work session, part opportunity to learn more about, our mobile workshop.


    Event Type: Conference
    CM Credits: