Join a diverse mix of activists, policymakers, and industry experts in a panel discussion of what the Green New Deal could mean for New York City.
Panelists will share how the Green New Deal will influence their profession and will discuss the highlights and shortfalls of the legislation as it currently stands. A networking reception with refreshments will follow the program.
One of the launch events for SFTP's People's Green New Deal campaign: http://bit.ly/peoplesGND
(Photo credit: Sophia Huda IG: @sophuda)
7:00-7:30 Speaker introductions and remarks
7:30-8:00 Moderated discussion
8:00-9:00 Networking reception (refreshments will be served).
- Toby Sheppard Bloch, Sustainable South Bronx
- Charlie Komanoff, Transportation Alternatives/ Carbon Tax Center
- Samantha Pearce, Bright Power
- J. Phillip Thompson, Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives NYC
Moderated by Jamie Bemis from Science for the People.
Toby Sheppard Bloch is the Chief Venture Officer of the HOPE and Sustainable South Bronx Programs, organizations that promote the development of leaders in New York City workforce. He leads transitional employment programs and social enterprises that generate employment or work experience for unpaid college graduates. His social enterprise, Intervine, maintains the environmental infrastructure of urban horticulture in New York, through the management of stormwater and the cyclical extension of roof membranes. Additionally, his work installing reflective roofing with the NYC based °CoolRoofs program has effectively mitigated the “urban heat effect” in communities vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Toby began his career in public policy, working for Congressman Bernie Sanders, where he was responsible for organizing union/public employee pension, benefit funds, and ensuring investments reflected the interests of plan beneficiaries.
Charlie Komanoff is an energy-policy analyst, transport economist and environmental activist in New York City. He “re-founded” NYC’s bike-advocacy group Transportation Alternatives in the 1980s, co-founded the pedestrian-rights group Right Of Way in the 1990s, and wrote or edited the landmark reports Subsidies for Traffic, The Bicycle Blueprint, and Killed By Automobile. Earlier, Komanoff gained prominence for deconstructing the disastrous economics of nuclear power in the United States as author-researcher and expert witness for states and municipalities across the U.S. He wrote his visionary oil-saving report, Ending The Oil Age, after witnessing at close range the traumatic events of 9/11. Komanoff's current work includes modeling and advocacy for rational traffic pricing and expanded public transit investment in New York City, in tune with the practical vision of the late renowned civic activist Ted Kheel. He also directs the Carbon Tax Center, a clearinghouse for information, research and advocacy on behalf of revenue-neutral carbon taxes to address the climate crisis. A math-and-economics graduate of Harvard, Komanoff lives with his wife and two sons in lower Manhattan.
Samantha Pearce is the Director of Energy Management Services at Bright Power, an energy efficiency and renewable energy consulting firm based in New York City. Samantha helps building owners, managers, and operators reduce utility and operations costs through a targeted approach using on-site training, remote monitoring, and technical support to strengthen each organization’s capacity to make critical planning and repair decisions. Prior to joining Bright Power, Samantha was the Director of Housing Development and Sustainability at Selfhelp, is one of the largest and most respected not-for-profit senior service agencies in the New York metropolitan area.
J. Phillip Thompson is the Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives in New York City. Deputy Mayor Thompson’s agency portfolio includes the Department of Youth and Community Development; the Department of Small Business Services; the Commission on Human Rights; the Department of Veterans’ Services; the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs; the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities; the NYC Public Engagement Unit; and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development. Prior to joining the de Blasio administration, the Deputy Mayor was an Associate Professor of Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His courses covered a wide range of subject matter, including housing and economic development, urban politics, post-disaster planning, social movements, and race and ethnicity in American Politics, among many other areas. He has written and worked expansively on community health planning, the future of labor unions, race and community development, social capital in public housing, and the politics of black economic advancement.