Zone A New York: How the Environment and Home Meet After Sandy

Through our William R. Ginsberg Practitioner Fellowship Program, Joseph Pupello has spearheaded the creation of a new non-profit organization, Zone A New York. Zone A New York comprises housing and environmental experts, anchored by CHPC Board Members, and community representatives working to insure that direct recovery and resilience planning in Metropolitan New York Coastal Flood Threat Zones A and V takes place in the most expeditious and comprehensive way possible. Zone A New York recognizes community needs, the value of natural infrastructure, and the use of ecosystem services in rebuilding and redesigning communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy and that face potential future events similar to Sandy in scale and impact.

Their work has began on Staten Island and is rapidly expanding. Zone A New York is dedicated to ensuring that all options for communities are considered and clearly understood. They are helping residents to work through the complex decision-making required, while recommending policies and processes to decision-makers based on the experiences and needs of these residents. Thanks to support from both the Charles H. Revson Foundation and the Enterprise Foundation this organization and its work has been made possible and is continuing to move forward and expand in impact and scope.

For more information, or to find out how you can help, email Joseph Pupello at or visit their website