William Solecki, Ph.D

William Solecki is co-chair of the New York City Pan­el on Cli­mate Change, which pro­vides cli­mate research to the Mayor’s office and city agen­cies, and is a lead author on the Unit­ed Nations Inter­gov­ern­men­tal Pan­el on Cli­mate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assess­ment Report, Urban Impacts chap­ter. Dr. Solecki is co-direc­tor of the Urban Cli­mate Change Research Net­work, as well as direc­tor of the Sci­ence and Resilience Insti­tute at Jamaica Bay. He is the out­go­ing direc­tor of the CUNY Insti­tute for Sus­tain­able Cities, and pro­fes­sor in the Geog­ra­phy Depart­ment at Hunter Col­lege, CUNY.


Eric Sanderson, Ph.D

Eric Sander­son is a Senior Con­ser­va­tion Ecol­o­gist at the Wildlife Con­ser­va­tion Soci­ety (WCS), and is direc­tor of The Welikia Project (for­mer­ly “Man­na­hat­ta”), an effort to recon­struct the orig­i­nal ecol­o­gy of the entire area of New York City at the time of Euro­pean dis­cov­ery. In 2009 he pub­lished a book and inter­ac­tive web­site, “Man­na­hat­ta: A Nat­u­ral His­to­ry of New York City,” illus­trat­ed by Markley Boy­er, and he curat­ed an exhi­bi­tion based on the Man­na­hat­ta Project on dis­play at the Muse­um of the City of New York.

Dr. Sander­son received his Ph.D. in ecol­o­gy from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Davis, in 1998; At WCS, he estab­lished the “Land­scape Ecol­o­gy and Geo­graph­ic Analy­sis” pro­gram to bring land­scape think­ing and geo­graph­ic analy­sis tools into con­ser­va­tion prac­tice. In 2002 Dr. Sander­son and col­leagues cre­at­ed the Human Foot­print map, the first look at human influ­ence glob­al­ly at less than 1 square mile res­o­lu­tion. He is an expert on species con­ser­va­tion plan­ning and has con­tribut­ed to efforts to save lions, jaguars, bison and gazelle, among oth­er species; and land­scape plan­ning con­ser­va­tion efforts in Argenti­na, Tan­za­nia, Mon­go­lia, and in the US, at Yel­low­stone and in the Adiron­dacks.

In 2013, Dr. Sander­son pub­lished his sec­ond book, Ter­ra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars and Sub­urbs, and launched Man­na­hat­ta 2409, an inter­ac­tive plat­form that lets you design Man­hat­tan for the future.


Projjal Dutta, A.I.A, LEED AP

Pro­j­jal Dut­ta is the Direc­tor of Sus­tain­abil­i­ty Ini­tia­tives at the MTA, where his respon­si­bil­i­ties include help­ing pre­pare the agen­cy for the effects of a chang­ing cli­mate.

Before join­ing the MTA, Mr. Dut­ta worked as sus­tain­able archi­tec­ture con­sul­tant for New York City Tran­sit, MTA Cap­i­tal Con­struc­tion Com­pa­ny, Hugh L. Carey Bat­tery Park City Author­i­ty, and New Jer­sey Tran­sit; as well as for sev­er­al pri­vate and insti­tu­tion­al enti­ties. He served as the Sus­tain­able Strate­gies Man­ager for STV, a New York-based archi­tec­tural engi­neer­ing firm, between 2005 and 2007. Before STV, he worked for Fox & Fowle Archi­tects and for Cesar Pel­li & Asso­ciates in New Haven.  Pri­or to com­ing to the Unit­ed States, he worked for Stein Doshi Bhal­la, one of India’s pre­mier archi­tec­tural prac­tices and ran his own office in New Del­hi.

He holds a Mas­ters of Sci­ence in Archi­tec­tural Stud­ies and Urban Plan­ning from the Mass­a­chu­setts Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy and a Bach­e­lors in Archi­tec­ture from the School of Plan­ning and Archi­tec­ture in Del­hi.