Robert J. Pirani: Toward a More Resilient Region: Developing a Fourth Regional Plan for the NY-NJ-CT Metropolitan Area

Department of City and Regional Planning Professional Planning Colloquium

Robert Pirani (M.R.P. ′86) is the Regional Plan Association's vice president for environmental and energy programs and executive director of the Governors Island Alliance. His responsibilities include developing and directing programs in parks and open space advocacy, land use management, water quality protection, and recycling and waste prevention. Pirani has authored or coauthored several of the organization's recent publications, including Landscapes: Improving Conservation Practice in the Northeast Megaregion; Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway: West Street Sustainable Stormwater Study; The Path Forward: Public Input on the Future of Gateway National Recreation Area; A Systems Approach to Water Resources; and Governors Island: Guidelines for Parks and Public Spaces. He has been invited to testify before the United States Congress, the states of New York and New Jersey, the City of New York, and other public bodies on a variety of open space and land use issues. Pirani holds a master of regional planning from Cornell University and a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies from Hampshire College. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory committees, and is currently chair of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.