The Waterfront Conference: Exploring Challenges And Solutions To Climate Change 

May 2, 2024

Now in its 17th year, the Waterfront Conference stands as the premier forum for advancing discourse on climate change mitigation, sustainable coastal economies, equitable waterfront access, and healthier open-space environments.

This year’s conference, set to take place on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, from 8am to 6pm at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York City, will tackle the critical challenge of designing and planning for a resilient future in a rapidly changing world.

The theme of the 2024 conference revolves around a multi-sector approach to climate change and seizing opportunities amid dynamic shifts. With nineteen panels and over seventy esteemed speakers, including thought leaders from government, academia, business, and advocacy organizations, attendees will explore innovative strategies for collaborative climate action.

Diverse Speaker Lineup

Among the notable speakers at the 2024 Waterfront Conference are:

  • Doug Parsons, host of the acclaimed “America Adapts—The Climate Change Podcast”
  • Jessica Grannis, Senior Advisor at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Dr. Stephen Hammer, CEO of The New York Climate Exchange
  • Dianne Dillion-Ridgley, CEO of Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future
  • Tim O’Brien, Senior Vice President of Ferries and Transportation at Hornblower Group
  • Cortney Koenig Worrall, President and CEO of Waterfront Alliance
  • Suzanna Randall, Chief Resiliency Officer at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Nick Angarone, Chief Resilience Officer at the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

Conference Highlights

In addition to insightful panel discussions, the 2024 Waterfront Conference will feature:

  • BlueTech Expo: Showcasing maritime-related technology, engineering, and stormwater innovations.
  • Waterfront Scholars Program: Engaging college and graduate students passionate about waterways and waterfronts.
  • Heather M. Morgan Climate Risk Adaptation Lecture: Featuring Laurian Farrell, Deputy Commissioner for New York City’s Bureau of Coastal Resilience.
  • Dr. Edward Williams Waterfront Champion Award: Recognizing community-based organizations and individuals fostering community resilience. Inaugural recipients include Regional Plan Association, South Bronx Unite, and Robert Markuske of the New York Harbor School.

The Waterfront Alliance, host of the conference, is dedicated to building, transforming, revitalizing, and protecting accessible waterfronts for all communities. Join us at the 2024 Waterfront Conference to engage in vital discussions, explore innovative solutions, and shape a more resilient and sustainable future for our waterways and coastal regions.

Related: Harlem Born Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Falkowski Talks 2100 Harlem Mega Flood On The Danny Tisdale Show (Video).

For more information and to register for the conference, visit Waterfront Conference 2024. Together, let’s create a world where our waterfronts thrive for generations to come.

Waterfront Alliance

The Waterfront Alliance is committed to advocating for resilient and equitable waterfronts, promoting sustainable development, and fostering community engagement in waterfront revitalization efforts.

Photo credit: HWM.

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