Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.66
Liaison Stalin Espinal
Submission Date March 2, 2023

STARS v2.2

City University of New York, Brooklyn College
IN-48: Innovation B

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50 Carrie Sadovnik
Director of Environmental Health and Safety
Environmental Health & Safety
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Science + Resilience Institute - Jamaica Bay

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The Institute is a partnership among the National Park Service, the City of New York, and a Consortium of eight research institutions lead by Brooklyn College of the City University of New York (CUNY) and including Columbia University, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Stony Brook University, New York Sea Grant, Stevens Institute of Technology, and the Wildlife Conservation Society. Our mission is to produce integrated knowledge that increases biodiversity, well-being, and adaptive capacity in coastal communities and waters surrounding Jamaica Bay and New York City.

The Institute leads three large programs: Community Flood Watch; Cycles of Resilience; and Statewide Shoreline Monitoring. Each of the programs offers faculty and students with sustainability-related research opportunities and community engagement. While aspects of the these programs were intiated after Superstorm Sandy in 2011, innovative research/outcomes from the past couple of years are noteworthy. For one, new coastal flood sensors captured recent tidal flooding around Jamaica for the first time, after the sensors were installed as part of a pilot project funded by the University Office of Research under their Interdisciplinary Climate Crisis Research Grant program. A second project led by a fellow and masters candidate at a sister campus sought to study how heat affects residents of public housing.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The flood sensor community science project is now part of a larger cooperative of organizations and communities: https://www.floodnet.nyc/.

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