Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2021

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


Environmental Studies


Edward Van Buren


This paper explores some of the current challenges urban areas face in regards to climate change and the shifts that are necessary for urban areas to reach a state of climate resiliency. Chapter 1 uses the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on urban areas to understand the current and future challenges that urban areas will face in the years to come. Chapter 2 explores how New York City is working to address climate change. Chapter 3, explores the role that urban agriculture can play in moving urban areas closer towards a future of climate resiliency. Within this chapter there will be a variety of industries discussed. Chapter 4 explores how rethinking our business and economic models is necessary in reaching a state of climate resiliency. Chapter 5 solidifies the importance of what we learned in Chapters 1-4 and includes some policy recommendations on how urban areas can become more resilient.