Jessica Wurwarg 

Urban Planning and Policy Specialist

New York City (Reside in Brooklyn)

From January 16 to January 22, 2018

Biography —

Jessica Wurwarg is the Director of Energy Management and Sustainability, at the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), leading the agency’s sustainability and greenhouse gas reducing programs. She teaches about international food and water policy and urbanization at New York University’s Center for Global Affairs. With a background in practice and research in urban policy and planning, focusing on food and sustainability, she worked as Managing Director of the Food Policy Center at Hunter College’s School of Public Health; Chief of Staff of External Affairs at DOT; Urban Planner at the World Bank, working on sustainable urban development; and in a number of areas at NYC’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development including disaster recovery and resiliency, affordable housing development and food policy. In 2016 Jessica received the McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends through the American Council on Germany and visited Germany looking at urban policies on sustainability. Originally from New York, Jessica has a Masters from the London School of Economics’ Cities Programme and a Bachelor’s degree, with Honors, from Brown University. She also teaches classes about cheese and wine.

Project —

As people around the world begin to experience the effects of climate change, cities of all sizes are taking action in attempts to slow and mitigate these effects. I will look at public programs and projects that have been implemented to combat the effects of climate change in small cities and compare these projects to New York City’s climate change combatting work, looking at NYC as a city composed of many different neighborhoods and smaller cities.  I will focus particularly on public outreach and engagement. I will also explore the Catalonian region through its tastes and products, particularly its cheeses.