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From Sandy to Snowvember: Climate Change & Buildings in New York

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Starts On - November 4, 2016 - 11:30am
Ends On - November 4, 2016 - 5:00pm
3435 Main Street
Buffalo , NY 14214

When Hurricane Sandy made landfall in October 2012, more than 186 people were killed, over 600,000 homes were damaged, and infrastructure was devastated across New York. During the "Snowvember" storm in November 2014, 70-plus inches of snow fell in western New York, causing 14 fatalities, and numerous roofs to collapse.

These two events suggest that building design in New York needs to shift to address varying weather patterns caused by climate change.

This Friday, Nov. 4 symposium draws together academics and practitioners from the Northeast and Great Lakes regions to discuss contemporary thinking in climate resilience applicable to New York. The symposium will address questions, including:

  • How do built environment professionals respond to a changing climate?
  • How is the building stock adapting to climate change in New York State?
  • How is resilience currently being addressed by built environment professionals?

The symposium also will share the results of recent research conducted by the University at Buffalo, L&S Energy Services, and Weather Analytics; the work was supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Visit for more information.

Continuing Education Hours — Up to 3.5 CEU/PDH will be available for attending this symposium.

Registration Details — This event is free and open to the public; however, registration is required (lunch, coffee and snacks will be provided).

Travel — Attendees are encouraged to take the NFTA to the University Station. Visitor parking passes will be available for both the Diefendorf or Townsend lots, which are a short walk from the building. Accessible parking spaces are available adjacent to Hayes Hall.

Guest Speakers


Time Presentation Speakers
11 a.m.
Registration opens/pick up box lunches
12 p.m. Opening Remarks
  • Robert Shibley, FAIA, FAICP, University at Buffalo
  • Amanda Stevens, NYSERDA
12:10-1:30 p.m. Adapting Buildings for a Changing Climate (1.5 CEU/1.5 PDH)
  • Nicholas Rajkovich, PhD, AIA, University at Buffalo
  • Yasmein Okour, University at Buffalo
  • Michael Tuzzo, University at Buffalo
  • Paul Ray, University at Buffalo Regional Institute
  • Brendan Kelly, CEM, L&S Energy Services, Inc.
1:30-2 p.m.
2-3:30 p.m. Professional Perspectives on Resilience (1 CEU/ 1 PDH)
  • Martha Bohm, University at Buffalo
  • Rosetta Elkin, Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • Terry Schwarz, FAICP, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
  • Michael Tillou, PE, Atelier Ten
3:30-4 p.m.
4-5 p.m. Closing Remarks/Keynote Speaker (1 CEU/1 PDH)
  • Omar Khan, University at Buffalo
  • Rachel Minnery, FAIA, American Institute of Architects