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Questions Surround Climate-Center Plan for New York's Governors Island

The Trust for Governors Island, which oversees the 150-acre parcel, said the center would leverage the island’s “unique environment” and waterfront location as a public living laboratory. A rezoning would permit 4.2 million square feet of development across the island’s southeast portion.


“It’s where you want to be located, on the water,” said Alan Rubin, a principal at Blank Rome LLP in New York and co-head of its severe weather emergency recovery team. “If you look at the other climate centers, including Scripps and Woods Hole, they’re in and around water.”



Rubin said the city could collaborate among its agencies and with nonprofits including the Rockefeller Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies and Smart Cities.

He said climate change has become a new phenomenon in the Northeast, even as the memory of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 lingers. “This region now has hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical storms and tropical depressions.”

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“Questions Surround Climate-Center Plan for New York's Governors Island,” by Paul Burton was published in The Bond Buyer on October 2, 2020.