Climate Change Adaptation in Megacities
Please join the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy (YCELP) and the Yale Climate & Energy Institute (YCEI) on Thursday, November 21, for a conversation with Rit Aggarwala, former director of long-term planning and sustainability for New York City and currently special advisor to Michael Bloomberg in his role as chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.
His talk, which examines how implementing meaningful and sustainable climate-related actions locally will help address climate change globally, begins at 5:00 PM in Kroon Hall's Burke Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
The talk is part of a semester-long speaker series titled From Mitigation to Adaptation: Regional Responses to Climate Change. With efforts to mitigate climate pollution floundering or, at best, moving forward only incrementally, adaptation strategies are increasingly important. Following Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, which made plain the vulnerability of the U.S. coasts, President Obama’s climate policy speech in summer 2013 gave climate adaptation policy equal billing with climate mitigation. The series, co-hosted by YCELP and YCEI, highlights regional and local approaches to climate adaptation, and how those strategies fit within the larger context of climate change mitigation.
Other speakers in the series include Professor Maxine Burkett of the University of Hawaii, an expert in Pacific island adaptation and relocation, William Hohenstein, Director of the Climate Change Program Office for US Department of Agriculture, and Fran Ulmer, chair of the U.S. Arctic Research Commission and the former Lieutenant Governor of Alaska.
Rohit T. “Rit” Aggarwala is Special Advisor to the Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; Environmental Program Lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies; and a Professor of Practice in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Rit was the Director of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for New York City from 2006 to 2010. In that capacity, he led the development and implementation of Mayor Bloomberg’s long-term plan for New York City, PlaNYC: A Greener, Greater New York.
Rit was a consultant with McKinsey & Company from 2002 to 2006, and started his career in 1994 when he served as Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration.
Rit holds a BA, MBA, and PhD (U.S. History) from Columbia University, and an MA in History from Queen’s University in Canada.
He serves as a trustee of St. Stephen’s School in Rome, Italy; as a member of the board of the Regional Plan Association of New York; and as a member of the strategic advisory council of New World Capital, a New York-based private equity firm that focuses on the green sector. He lives in Palo Alto, California.