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2021 Waterfront Conference: What You Need to Know

This year’s Waterfront Conference will look like none before—instead of gathering on a boat and cruising New York Harbor, we will be meeting in Whova, a virtual conference space. This year’s conference takes place over three days, May 10, 12, and 14, and includes more than 40 speakers and 14 panels.

Although we won’t be physically together, we still anticipate plenty of thought-provoking discussions, new connections and ideas, and we’ll be providing unique networking opportunities, and conclude the three days with a one-of-a-kind New York City Mayoral Candidates Forum on May 14 at 9am.

Speakers during the three, half-days event include:

  • Ric Burns, Dr., Historian and Filmmaker
  • Joyce Chaplin, James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, Harvard University
  • Tony Hiss, Author of “Rescuing the Planet: Protecting Half the Land to Heal the Earth”
  • Linda Nguyen, Senior Policy Analyst, ALIGN
  • Bethann Rooney, Deputy Director of the Port Department, PANYNJ
  • Joe Seebode, Deputy District Engineer and Chief of Programs and Project Management, US Army Corps of Engineers

Panels include:

  • Flood Control and Resilience in Our Region: Funding and Leadership;
  • An Extreme Weather Future: What Does the Science Say and What are the Plans?;
  • Comprehensive Planning: The Cross Section of Development, Equity, and Climate;
  • Lessons on Overcoming Catastrophe: The Climate Emergency From the Perspective of Historians;
  • A Commitment to Conservation and Protection of Wildlife, Habitat, and Ecosystems;
  • Clean Energy, The Harbor, and Economic Growth – A View of Renewable Energy Through Major Wind Power Investments and Upland Impacts;
  • What’s on the Horizon for the Sustainability and Resiliency of the Region’s Maritime Sector?;
  • 2021 Mayoral Candidates Forum;
  • Where Ecological Vision Bumps Up Against Reality: Climate Design and the Regulatory Landscape;
  • How Do We Grow a Green Workforce? Pathways From Grade School to Higher Education;
  • Innovator Talks: Blue Tech as the Next Innovation Wave and Innovation in Resilience: Solving Coastal Community Challenges

View the full agenda on Whova, an interactive digital conference platform, for specific panel information on each of the three conference days.

You may purchase tickets through the registration link for individuals and groups, CEU-credits, nonprofit, and more! Secure your spot now with early-bird pricing, available through March 31. Once you register, we will send you details directly on how to access the event.

Waterfront Scholars

Additionally, we are proud to announce the Con Edison Waterfront Scholars program will continue with this year’s virtual event. Waterfront Scholars brings together a diverse group of college and graduate students for an exciting learning and networking opportunity at our Waterfront Conference, the region’s premier forum for dialogue and discourse about our shared waterfront and waterways.

If you are a student (undergraduate or graduate), you are invited to apply to attend our annual Waterfront Conference as a 2021 Con Edison Waterfront Scholar. Waterfront Scholars will be invited to attend free of charge and will be recognized at the event. Please fill out this short application by Friday, April 16.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Sponsor support is what allows us to continue to inspire, effect, and fight for resilient, revitalized, and accessible coastlines for all communities.

A special thank you to our top-level sponsors Equinor, Con Edison, AECOM, and Red Hook Terminals.

For more information on sponsorship packages or donation pledges, please reach out to Megan Loeb, Director of Development at [email protected].

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