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Adapt: Climate Change and the Built Environment

Feb 14, 2024

Mónika and Jessica interview Susanne DesRoches, Vice President, Clean and Resilient Buildings, at New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), about how New York is modernizing its building stock to be both sustainable and resilient in the face of climate change. This work involves not just new builds, but also updating existing buildings and communities to prepare for our future climate. Susanne describes three specific projects NYSERDA is focusing on to address resilience in the built environment.

Resources and links discussed include: 

New York State Climate Impacts Assessment: New York State Climate Impacts Assessment – Understanding and Preparing for Our Changing Climate (

NYSERDA Buildings of Excellence: Buildings of Excellence Competition - NYSERDA

NYSERDA IRA: Inflation Reduction Act - NYSERDA

Book Recommendation: Not Too Late (