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New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC)

NYC's independent advisory body that synthesizes scientific information on climate change to inform City policy.

The New York City Panel on Climate Change (NPCC) started in 2009 and was codified in Local Law 42 of 2012 with a mandate to provide an authoritative and actionable source of scientific information on future climate change and its potential impacts. Past iterations of the NPCC have upheld this responsibility by publishing assessment reports that synthesize several years of research and analysis.

  • Dr. Deborah Balk (co-chair), Professor of Public Affairs, Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College at the City University of New York (CUNY); and Professor, Economics, and Sociology Ph.D. Programs, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Dr. Christian Braneon (co-chair), Research Scientist, Baruch College at the City University of New York (CUNY); Co-Director, Environmental Justice and Climate Just Cities Network at The Earth Institute of Columbia University; Head of Climate Justice, Carbon Direct
  • Dr. Robin Leichenko (co-chair), Professor and Chair of Geography, Rutgers University; and Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute
  • Joel Towers (co-chair), Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design, Parsons School of Design; Director, Tishman Environment and Design Center; and University Professor, New School University
  • Dr. Ana Baptista, Assistant Professor of Professional Practice, Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management Graduate Program, New School University; and Associate Director, Tishman Environment and Design Center, New School University
  • Dr. Sheila Foster, Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Radley Horton, Research Professor, Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Dr. Kim Knowlton, Senior Scientist, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC); Deputy Director, NRDC’s Science Center; and Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Dr. Nicole Maher, Senior Coastal Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Dr. Thomas Matte, Senior Lecturer, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
  • Dr. Peter Marcotullio, Professor of Geography and Director of the Institute for Sustainable Cities, Hunter College; Associate of the City University of New York (CUNY) Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC); and Faculty Member, Earth and Environmental Sciences Program, CUNY Graduate Center
  • Dr. Katherine McComas, Professor, Department of Communication, Cornell University
  • Dr. Timon McPhearson, Professor, Urban Ecology and Director, Urban Systems Lab, New School University
  • Dr. Franco Montalto, Professor and Director, Sustainable Water Resource Engineering Lab, Drexel University; Founder and President, eDesign Dynamics LLC; and Director, North American Hub, Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)
  • Dr. Richard Moss, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Philip Orton, Research Associate Professor, Ocean Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Dr. Bernice Rosenzweig, Faculty Member, Environmental Science, Sarah Lawrence College
  • Dr. John Kuo Wei Tchen, Clement A. Price Chair of Public History and Humanities and Director, Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University – Newark
  • Dr. Gernot Wagner, Climate Economist, Columbia Business School

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