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Sophie Plitt

Sophie PlittTitle: National Program Coordinator
Unit: New York City Urban Field Station
Address: New York City Urban Field Station
431 Walter Reed Road
Fort Totten Cluster #2, Box #12
Bayside, Queens, NY 11359

E-mail: Sophie Plitt

Education

  • M.Sc.  Social-Ecological Resilience for Sustainable Development, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, 2019
  • B.A. Environmental Studies and Urban Ecology, The New School, 2011

Civic & Professional Affiliations

  • International Society of Arborists

Current Research

As National Program Coordinator, I contribute to the STEW-MAP project through providing consultations and support to key partners and stakeholders in the urban-wildland-urban interface (WUI), and rural areas that are currently developing or implementing STEW-MAP. In addition, I am also part of the team that is developing novel products that include training modules on how to conduct STEW-MAP, decision support tools, and science communication products.

Past Research

In my work as a forester with the NYC Parks Department and the New York Restoration Project, I focused on planning and implementing green infrastructure projects with the goal of deepening human-nature connections in cities. As an early member of the TreeKIT team, I helped to test and refine volunteer tree data collection methods that were eventually adopted by NYC Parks for the 2017 Tree Census. I also managed the Greening Greenpoint program, a three-year, $3.9 million-dollar initiative to transform the urban forest of Greenpoint, Brooklyn. For this program I developed innovative strategies for engaging community members in the planning, design, and implementation of a neighborhood-scale greening project.

As number of digital tools such as web maps, apps and websites have recently been developed and released that share information and incite citizen participation in the governance, management and planning of urban green infrastructure. My master thesis, entitled Digital Tools for Urban Green Infrastructure: Investigating the potential of e-tools to inform and engage stewards analyzed six different digital platforms within the context of New York City to ask question about the types of knowledge they share and the forms of participation they incite in the context of urban green infrastructure. I conducted interviews with the owners and developers of these tools in order to explore how digital knowledge exchange and participation relate to civic stewardship of urban green spaces.

Last Modified: 03/19/2020