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2013 Mayoral Forum on Sustainability

Monday, April 22, 2013, 6 - 8pm

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Sal Albanese Bill de Blasio Adolfo Carrion John Catsimatidis Christine Quinn Joe Lhota John Liu George McDonald Bill Thompson

Mayoral Forum On Sustainability is AT CAPACITY!

Unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate additional seating requests at this time.

However, you can still watch the debate live by tuning into NYLCVEF's livestream of the event! Be sure to sign up for our livestream link and we will email it to you no later than April 21, the day before the forum.


For years, New York City has been recognized as a pioneer in urban sustainability. More and more New Yorkers understand that ecological issues affect every aspect of their day-to-day lives, and there is a growing demand that our elected officials recognize the centrality of sustainability in the life of the city.

The New York League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, in collaboration with The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, has therefore organized the New York City Mayoral Forum on Sustainability. This is the first forum of its kind where all major candidates for New York City Mayor will address questions about the sustainable future of the city. This event will be hosted in The Cooper Union’s Great Hall, and will be moderated by WNYC’s very own Brian Lehrer.  

“I think we’re seeing a sea change in our environmental understanding,” said Kevin Bone, Professor of Architecture and Director of The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design. “Whoever becomes the next Mayor of New York City has the responsibility to ensure that our air, our water, our buildings, our streets, and our whole mode of interacting with our environment is safe and sustainable for future generations. This understanding has become more and more widespread, and we want to give this idea the forum it deserves.”

This event will be held on April 22, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm in The Cooper Union Great Hall. The event requires an RSVP, so we encourage interested students, faculty, staff and community members to rsvp online at or call 212-361-6350 for more information.

This is a free event.

Thank you to our many partner organizations for participating in and supporting this event:

350 New York ALIGN American Littoral Society American Lung Association Bard MBA Bronx Health REACH CHEKPEDS Children's Aid Society Democracy Prep Eastern Queens Alliance Environmental Defense Fund Fourth Arts Block Friends of Morningside Park Friends of Springfield Park Friends of the High Line Friends of the QueensWay Governors Island Alliance Green City Force Green Schools Alliance GROWNYC (Council on the Environment NYC) Healthy Schools Network Institute for Family Health at North General Just Food Lower East Side Ecology Center Manhattan Country School Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance Morris-Jumel Mansion Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Natural Resource Defense Council New York City Audubon New Yorkers For Parks Pratt Center for Community Development Queens Coalition for Parks & Green Spaces Regional Planning Association Sallan Foundation Sustainable South Bronx Transport Workers Union Local 100 Transportation Alternatives Tri-State Transportation Campaign USGBC Wellness in Schools West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. White Roofs Project Zoe Health


Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.