Shira Gidding, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SoBRO)
Zach Schreiber, New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation
This webinar will focus on the intersection of area-wide planning, environmental remediation, and revitalization initiatives as shaped by a local community vision in the Bronx, New York City. In that regard, the webinar will showcase a public-private collaboration between the City of New York and SoBRO, a New York City-based local economic development corporation advancing sustainable planning and redevelopment efforts in distressed sections of the Bronx. This collaboration is currently working toward re-positioning strategically located properties that face brownfield issues, where redevelopment would greatly benefit the surrounding area.
SoBRO's planning initiatives are supported by a program administered by the NY State Department of State called the Brownfield Opportunity Areas (BOA) program. Under the BOA program, the State awards funding to municipalities and community based organizations who facilitate the implementation of a community's vision for economic development and revitalization. Funds advance the community visioning process, land use planning, and assessment/development of under-utilized and/or contaminated property within these oftentimes under-served communities. The City of New York has embraced the BOA Program and is fully engaged in working with BOA grantees like SoBRO to ensure the success of their efforts. New York City is home to twenty (20) BOA areas, each with a unique approach to the program and overall goals related to community revitalization. This panel will present a sampling of these dynamic approaches and how the City has become an important partner in their efforts.
About the Presenters:
Shira Gidding is a Project Manager in SoBRO's Real Estate Development Department, and in that capacity manages SoBRO's Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) initiatives as well as several development projects throughout the South Bronx that primarily involve mixed-use affordable and supportive housing. Shira holds a Masters degree in Urban Planning from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service with a concentration in real estate development and finance, and obtained accreditation under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) system in 2011. Her background brings economic development and sustainability expertise to SoBRO's real estate and land use planning initiatives, helping to ensure high performance, affordability, and minimal impact to the environment and local communities.
Mr. Schreiber has worked with New York City since January 2008. He oversees OER's Brownfield Incentive Grant (BIG) Program; leads on-going development of OER's Sustainability Statement, an innovative element in the NYC Local Voluntary Cleanup Program's Remedial Action Work Plans; and is a brownfield project manager. As OER's Section Chief for Sustainability he coordinates OER's brownfield section of New York City's sustainability plan, PlaNYC. Prior to working with NYC, Mr. Schreiber was a researcher with the EAWAG Aquatic Sciences research institute and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETHZ) in Switzerland, where he completed his PhD research in ecological toxicology in the context of EU chemical regulations, REACH. His Master's thesis research was conducted in a partnership between Argonne National Laboratories, the US Department of Energy, and Northwestern University on the topic of human health toxicology and the risk assessment of chemical mixtures. Mr. Schreiber received his bachelors in Chemical Engineering and Master's in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.