Earth Institute Research Projects

Climate resilience in the South Bronx: Collaborative, community-led green infrastructure development

Lead PI: Dr. Robbie M Parks , Dr. Jacqueline M. Klopp , Joyce E. Klein-Rosenthal Thaddeus Pawlowski
January 2020 - December 2021
North America ; New York, NY ; Bronx, NY
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: New York City faces serious water management challenges, which will only increase in severity with climate change. In response, the city has committed to an ambitious program of green infrastructure. To be successful, this program must be equitably distributed and engender community support, especially as maintenance is critical for success. This project aims to address these issues through an exploration of a collaborative design approach in an under-served neighbourhood, Hunt’s Point in the South Bronx. The idea is to co-produce with community partners an example of sustainable green architecture, which has full buy-in and ownership from local people. The research focus is on the process that can help lead to successful new and context-sensitive green infrastructure that provides not only regulating, but also cultural, ecosystem services to a diverse community in the South Bronx.


Earth Institute Earth Frontiers


Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CSUD); Center for Resilient Cities and Landscapes


resilience climate green infrastructure