Global, Urban, and Environmental Studies (GLUE)

Managed Retreat: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Questions from the panel discussion

“Managed Retreat” is a short documentary portrait of three New York City neighborhoods that were purchased by the New York State government in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, to be demolished and returned to nature as part of the city’s first ‘managed retreat’ from rising sea levels. By the end of this century, New York City is expected to have up to 9.5 feet of sea level rise, radically reshaping its 520 miles of coastline, and impacting more than 100 coastal neighborhoods. This observational documentary follows the process of retreat over the course of one year in three waterfront communities on Staten Island, as homes are destroyed, streets are abandoned, and wild animals begin to return.

Join the Environmental Studies program in the documentary screening followed by a panel discussion with film director Nathan Kensinger, alumna Devin Borg, and faculty & Director of the Urban Systems Lab Timon McPhearson, moderated by Chair Elaine Savory.

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