2013-01-18 / Community

RWA Hosts Environmental Resiliency Workshop

Visitors get a firsthand look at damage done by Sandy during a recent RWA tour. (Photo by Giles Ashford) Visitors get a firsthand look at damage done by Sandy during a recent RWA tour. (Photo by Giles Ashford) On Sunday, January 20th, from 1 to 3 p.m., the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance will be hosting an Environmental Resiliency presentation and discussion led by some of the nation's leading experts on climate change and coastal restoration.

The workshop will take place at the Ocean Village community room at 5717 Shorefront Parkway, near Beach 58th Street.

Presenters will include Dr. Klaus Jacob, a scientist from Columbia University's Earth Institute and Walter Meyer and Jennifer Bolstad of Local Office Landscape Architecture, as well as Arjan Braamskamp, Economic Officer for the Consulate General of the Netherlands and Ron Shiffman, Founder of Pratt Center for Community Development.

The presentation will take a closer look at the geography of the Rockaway Peninsula and discuss strategies that can be used to protect coastal communities like the Rockaways.

Organizers note that “Geographically, our peninsula has always had to contend with erosion and flooding but it is important that the people who live and work (here) are well informed so they can take action and work together on future planning that will support the health and well being of the (area).”

The workshop will kick off a Rockaway Waterfront Alliance lecture series focused on environmental resiliency to ensure that residents receive information they themselves can use to help in rebuilding a more resilient coastal community.

This workshop is free, however space is limited.

Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP via e-mail to info@rwalliance.org.

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