Adam Freed

Adam is interested in exploring the economic development potential of climate resilience activities. In his current work with the City of New York, Adam led the process to update PlaNYC, the City’s long-term sustainability plan, and manages internal staff in the sustainability office and oversees outside consulting teams on a variety of issues, including solid waste, freight mobility, and resilience. Prior to holding his current position, Adam was the Senior Policy Advisor for Climate Change Adaptation for the City of New York. His other experience included work with the Office of the New York State Comptroller, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and positions with political campaigns and the Chief of Staff position for New York State Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman.

As a Mel King Fellow, Adam wants to deepen his understanding of the economic development potential of climate resilience activities. Specifically by measuring the benefits associated with utilizing green and grey infrastructure for storm water management, and identifying the skills and knowledge needed to create and maintain resilience in our communities, infrastructure, and buildings.

The Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability(New York, NY) is responsible for guiding the environmental agenda for the City of New York. Goals include; improving the quality of the city’s air and water, creating more affordable housing, providing better access to open space, increasing transit capacity, cleaning up the city’s contaminated land, improving and maintaining the city transportation network, upgrading the city’s energy infrastructure, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.