The completion of a NY Rising Community Reconstruction Plan is an important step toward rebuilding a more resilient community. Designed and driven by local communities, the plans account for specific needs, opportunities and strategies of cities, towns and villages throughout the State. Each locality is eligible for between $3 million and $25 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding, as it implements new and innovative strategies that aim to establish a stronger and better future.
Co-Chair. Ian Marvy is co-founder and executive director of Added Value, a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable development in south Brooklyn by nurturing a new generation of young leaders. Their farm, across from Ikea’s Red Hook location was flooded in the storm. Prior to founding Added Value, he designed and implemented innovative service learning programs for first-time juvenile offenders and non-incarcerated juvenile felons.
Co-Chair. Gita Nandan Ms. Nandan is a founding partner of thread collective llc., an architecture firm that explores the seams between building and landscape, and stitches together the patterns of the built environment with its natural and social context. Their philosophy of understanding building and site as an integrated whole, woven with artistic, functional, and financial consideration creates the fabric from which poetic and sustainable architecture and public space emerge. Ms. Nandan has served within the New York’s sustainability community in various roles, most recently board vice president at GreenHomeNYC; member of the Homes Committee for the Urban Green Council Green Codes Task Force (2009) and the Building Resiliency Task Force (2013). Gita further puts her beliefs into practice as an architectural educator, currently a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute, GCPE+UEMS departments. Gita received her Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley and is registered architect in New York and New Jersey, an accredited LEED professional, and Enterprise Green Communities Technical Assistant.