The Economics of Flooding: Assessing the Costs and Benefits of Climate Adaptation


DATE: Wednesday, November 8
TIME: 5:30 – 7:30 PM EST
LOCATION: Duane Morris LLP, 1540 Broadway, 14th floor New York, NY 10036
(The entrance is on 45th Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue)
COST: $10.00

About this Event

This dynamic panel will examine the economic implications of climate change and flooding in NYC, including the costs of inaction versus the benefits of investing in resilience measures.

Join us for an evening of intellectual camaraderie with distinguished local experts, thought-provoking discussions, and the opportunity to forge connections with fellow professionals. 

We encourage attendance from all industries. 


David AmerikanerDavid Amerikaner
David is a member of Duane Morris’ Real Estate Practice Group and focuses his practice on land use, project development, environmental law, eminent domain, and sustainability. Mr. Amerikaner advises developers, energy companies, and other large users of land through the process of obtaining permits and approvals to develop their land. This practice includes representation before local and state planning commissions, boards, councils, agencies, and other decisionmakers, as well as outreach to and negotiation with project opponents. Mr. Amerikaner’s experience spans several states and local jurisdictions, particularly the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and other environmental and municipal regulations in California. He also handles litigation matters that arise from land development. Mr. Amerikaner handles eminent domain matters for utilities seeking to condemn private properties for public use, and on behalf of private property owners whose properties have been condemned. He also represents private property owners in tax assessment appeals.

Kate Killerlain MorrisonKate Killerlain Morrison
Kate Killerlain Morrison is the External Relations Director at The Ocean Foundation. Previously, Kate has served as Executive Director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean and supported the development and early implementation of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Ocean Action Plan. Additional prior roles have included Deputy Executive Secretary for the Sargasso Sea Commission (focusing on high seas conservation), Marine Program Director for the Massachusetts Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (focusing on fisheries shellfish and eelgrass restoration), and Ocean Policy Analyst at Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (focusing on the first Massachusetts Ocean Plan, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and regional collaborations including the Northeast Regional Ocean Council and the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment). Kate holds a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate from the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business. Kate has an MA degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and a BA in Environmental Studies/Minor Political Science from Eckerd College.

Yael LevineYael Levine
Yael Levine is the Director of Mitigation in New York City Emergency Management’s Risk Reduction & Recovery Division. Yael leads the Mitigation Unit, which manages resiliency operations and implementation efforts, including hazard mitigation grants technical assistance and the Interim Flood Protection Measures program. Prior to joining New York City Emergency Management, Yael worked at New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, managing policy development and projects for post-Sandy infrastructure recovery and resiliency. Yael holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Yeshiva University and an M.S. in Urban Infrastructure Systems Management from New York University.

Paula PagniezPaula Pagniez
Paula Pagniez is the Sr. Director, Climate Risk and Resilience at Howden, FEMA National Advisory Council Member, and a Former United Nations’ UNDRR ARISE Global Board Director. She works to advance societal resilience to climate risks and to accelerate the transition by fostering de-risking innovation and private / public impact via insurance and financial services solutions and advisory. Paula Pagniez brings to this climate resilience challenge a career spanning climate strategy advisory for corporates and the public sector, disaster risk reduction and resilience advisory, parametric insurance at the micro/meso/macro levels, microfinance solutions, public private partnerships management, humanitarian and public sector work, and across it all, financial services.

About SILC

The Sustainability Investment Leadership Council (SILC) was founded in 2015 to foster insight on how accountants and attorneys can incorporate sustainability practices that align economic opportunity with sustainable policies. SILC attracts members from the accounting, legal, compliance, and other professions across a variety of industries. SILC serves as a consortium for professionals to launch forward-looking concepts that will advance sustainability in their professions and companies.