Jeff Hebert: Changing Climate, Changing Urbanism: Insights from Cities Across the Globe
Jeff Hebert is a partner at HR and A Advisors, a New York City–based consulting firm that provides advisory services in public policy, economic development, real estate, and program design and implementation. In this role, Hebert works with cities around the world to develop strategies that mitigate future social, economic, and physical shocks and stresses. He is a national expert in the areas of resiliency, redevelopment, equitable and inclusionary growth, and economic development.
Hebert previously served the City of New Orleans in many capacities, including as the first deputy mayor and chief administrative officer, chief resilience officer, and as executive director of the New Orleans Redevelopment Agency. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the Tulane University School of Architecture, is vice chairman of FUSE Corps, and serves on the policy advisory board of the Reinvestment Fund. Hebert holds a bachelor's degree from New York University, a master's degree in city planning from MIT, and is a graduate of the Achieving Excellence in Community Development program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
From natural disasters like hurricanes and heatwaves to increased precipitation and sea-level rise, climate change is forcing cities to examine their risks and vulnerabilities and impacts to people and place. In the U.S., hurricanes Katrina and Sandy exposed existing social inequities and their component geospatial vulnerabilities. Climate scientists project further change and social scientists have explored the intersection of climate impacts on the human dimension. Today cities across the globe are using the most advanced projections on climate change and population impacts to develop implementable strategies for adapting to and mitigating climate change. An overview of strategies in New Orleans, New York, Houston, Miami, Paris, Melbourne, and Medellin will offer insight into how cities are developing a vision for a changing urbanism.