Climate Resiliency

Education Session - Panel Format

MON-D02 - Reasonable Uncertainty: A city, a Park, and a Garden Confront Climate Change

Monday, October 22
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: 119


A changing climate is creating ripple effects everywhere. Learn from the perspectives of three unique institutional leaders: the City of Hoboken; NYRP, a nonprofit building a Bronx beachhead; and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. This session will focus on the challenges of climate adaptation across a range of landscapes.

Learning Objectives:

Richard S. Roark, ASLA, SITES AP


Physical and social resilience are the principle drivers in Richard’s work, which spans a range of scales and types from the bustling Eastern Market of Detroit to the 51 miles of the Los Angeles River. Richard is committed to enlivening the public realm while ensuring development creates value without displacement, is socially just and creates opportunities for many. This commitment to creating shared ecologically-sound landscapes is reflected in his work for the post Superstorm Sandy restoration of the Redhook Homes in Brooklyn and the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota Florida and Dilworth Park, City Hall Philadelphia among others.


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Deborah Marton, ASLA

Executive Director
New York Restoration Project

As Executive Director of New York Restoration Project (NYRP), Deborah Marton works with municipal leaders and neighborhood change agents to empower communities of need, by unlocking the potential of open space. She currently serves as Board Chair of the Public Policy Lab and on the Board of Trustees of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. She lectures widely on various topics, including green space and public health, open space management structures, and urban equity. Deborah received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.


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Jennifer Gonzalez, AICP, LEED GA

Chief Sustainability Officer
City of Hoboken, New Jersey

Jennifer Gonzalez is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Hoboken, New Jersey where she advances sustainability and resiliency initiatives in areas such as flood mitigation, energy, drinking water, natural resources, and waste management. She manages the Northwest Resiliency Park project, a recommendation of the City’s Green Infrastructure Strategic Plan and Green Building & Environmental Sustainability Master Plan Element. Before joining the City of Hoboken, Ms. Gonzalez was a principal planner with Louis Berger and environmental planner with the County of Passaic, New Jersey. She earned her M.A. in Environmental Policy from Lehigh University.


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Jennifer O. Rominiecki

President and CEO
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Jennifer O. Rominiecki, President and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida has overseen the repositioning of the institution as a “Living Museum” since she took the helm in February 2015, creating a new model of visitor engagement that has yielded a 36% increase in visitors, 29% increase in membership, and 26% increase in annual revenues. Jennifer has 20 years of experience at major New York City cultural institutions. She serves on the Board of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County and is Vice-Chair of the Board of the Science and Environment Council of Southwest Florida.


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MON-D02 - Reasonable Uncertainty: A city, a Park, and a Garden Confront Climate Change

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