A DEC Opportunity at the Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) Studio (NYS DEC)

The Climate-adaptive Design (CaD) studio is accepting applications for the fall 2022 studio. You can register for the pre-application webinar from 1:30-3:00 pm, Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at https://tinyurl.com/CaD2022Webinar.

Interested municipalities must submit a letter of interest to Lyndsey.cooper@dec.ny.gov by 5:00 pm, Monday, May 2, 2022.


CaD is a collaboration between Cornell University Landscape Architecture Professor Josh Cerra and the NYS DEC Hudson River Estuary Program. The semester-long studio links students in landscape architecture with Hudson Riverfront communities to explore design alternatives for thriving, climate-resilient waterfront areas. Community stakeholders take part throughout the studio semester to help inform the design process and support practical results. For more info, watch our 5-minute video at tinyurl.com/CSCvideoCaD and visit tinyurl.com/CornellCaD. You can also view previous student design boards at https://trophic.design/cad/. Interested municipalities can learn more about the larger Climate-adaptive Design Process by visiting https://tinyurl.com/CaDLearnMore.


Please answer six questions in a letter of interest (available online at https://tinyurl.com/CaD2022Instructions, sample letter available here) from the municipal governing board, sent by 5:00 pm on MondayMay 2, 2022 to lyndsey.cooper@dec.ny.gov. Finalists will be notified in June of next steps in the process. All communities will be contacted by July with final decision. Municipalities must be located on the tidal Hudson River. Support from community-based organizations and waterfront users and decisionmakers (other than the municipality) are strongly encouraged and can be documented in attached letters of support. Letters of support from additional landowners should clearly express understanding that the CaD studio will address NYS projections of sea-level rise and flooding.


For questions or concerns,  please contact Lyndsey.cooper@dec.ny.gov,

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

21 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561

845-256-3178 | Lyndsey.Cooper@dec.ny.gov

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