CIUS Research: Natural Systems
Urban Climate Change Research Network (2007)
CIUS participated in the inaugural conference of the Urban Climate Change Research Network, held at Columbia University on May 10-11, 2007. The conference was organized and co-hosted by Columbia University’s Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities. CIUS organized and chaired the panel on transportation and land use, and plans to stay involved helping to assemble a research network on these issues.
New York Harbor Estuary Watershed Study (2003-2006) [Download Final Report]
CIUS has conducted research to develop a watershed strategy for the Hudson Raritan estuary, and to examine whether the current categorical approaches to clear water investments in NY Harbor could provide greater environmental improvement at less cost and with increased social and other secondary benefits. Albert Appleton (CIUS Senior Fellow) and Dr. Megan Wiley (CCNY) were the investigators for this study funded by the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
20/20 Vision: Smart Growth For The New York Metropolitan Region (2002-2003) [Download Final Report]
CIUS, the Citizens Union, and planning consultant Harry Schwartz completed a major study in May 2003 on applying smart growth principles in Metropolitan New York and urban areas. CIUS established a comprehensive database and library of related materials and organizations. These first steps will result in the development of a planning handbook on applying smart growth principles in the region. This project was made possible by a grant from the Revson Foundation.