MUP students organize panel on Sandy recovery

Elise Baudon and Benjamin Scheerbarth (MUP’14) organized and moderated a panel discussion at Beyond Resilience: Actions Toward a Just Metropolis, the Planners Network annual national conference in New York on June 8. The panel, titled “Funding Sandy Recovery: How It Works, Accountability, and Social (In)justice,” explored the financing model of post-Sandy recovery in New York City, evaluating the various sources of funds from each level of government as well as the social justice implications of their dispersal.

Panelists included Bettina Damiani, project director of Good Jobs New York; Ana Baptista, director of environmental and planning programs for the Ironbound Community Corporation in Newark; Michael Premo, coordinator of Sandy Storyline and a representative of Occupy Sandy and Samuel Carlsen, designer with the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi.

“What made this discussion extra special was that we had panelists from New York, New Jersey, and from the Katrina-affected area, all discussing post-Sandy recovery,” Scheerbarth said after the event. “The parallels and lessons to be learned from each other were eye-opening.”

Read more about the conference.