#133: The Challenges of Creating Sustainable and Resilient Communities

Join Eric Kaufmann from Clear Springs Communities and Natural Resilience Foundation to hear:

  • The challenges of getting political and public will to work to create sustainable and resilient communities
  • How it’s easy to get caught in a planning paralysis when looking at what to do to become more sustainable and why it’s important to act
  • Why it’s key to start thinking now about potentially relocating communities and how to do this in a sustainable and resilient way
  • The need to ensure that your business understands its natural resource capital
  • Why changing our mindset and re-evaluating our priorities in life are essential to create sustainable and resilient communities and world

Eric Kaufman is CEO of Clear Springs Communities, whose mission is to develop cities and scalable communities, based on sustainable, socially and economically resilient frame works.

Eric is the co-author of A Call to Action: How to Save Millions of Lives. He has over 35 years of real estate experience as a broker, investor, contractor and developer of commercial (office, retail, hotel, industrial and multi-family) real estate valued at about $1B. During the 1980’s, through Creative Capital Group, which he established with his mother, Joan Kaufman, he oversaw and executed the conversion of 1,100 apartments in New York and New Jersey into cooperatives and condominiums. In the 1990s, Kaufman then joined The Carlton Group, a real estate banking firm, as Senior Managing Director.

In 2008, he began developing, with Meir Laufer, the concept of a giant Ferris wheel in New York City modeled after the London Eye. The “New York Wheel,” under a public-private partnership with the City of New York, as of November 2016 is half constructed and capitalized with $610M of private money.

During the Internet’s early days, Kaufman also launched WorldWide Network Magazine as a B2B and a B2C link. By 1992, he incorporated in the magazine a computer bulletin board known as Global Electronic Marketplace (GEM), which was a forerunner of Google, AOL and eBay. Kaufman learned how important it is to “time the market” with innovative concepts.

Eric Kaufman learned of the concept of “climate resilience” in September 2012, during an American Institute of Architects event in Manhattan. In August 2013, following Superstorm Sandy, he formed The Natural Resilience Foundation as a 501(c) (3) public charity, along with Ellie Sugarman, Joaquin Matias and James-Robert Sellinger, in order to advocate and develop financing strategies to safeguard life, real estate and critical infrastructure from the effects of extreme weather patterns.

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