Kate Boicourt

Director of NY-NJ Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds

Work

Areas of expertise:
Coastal resilience, watershed ecology and protection, resilient design, consensus-building, policy and advocacy.

Kate is the Director of NY-NJ Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds. She works within EDF’s Climate Resilient Coasts and Watersheds team to foster partnerships to collectively advocate for comprehensive, evidence-based and equitable policies and investments that build resilience for all in New York and New Jersey.

Kate has been a fantastic partner to EDF over the last several years as the Director of Resilience for Waterfront Alliance. In this role, she spearheaded Rise to Resilience, a multi-year campaign and coalition for resilience in the NY-NJ region, as well as the development of WEDG (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines) into a national rating system and education program for excellence in waterfront design. Prior to that, she served as the restoration program manager for the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), where she focused on coastal issues related to restoration, public access, and climate change.

Kate also led a team of experts to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the State of Maryland and has held multiple roles conducting and synthesizing research to influence policy and environmental management.
 

Background

Previously, Kate was Director of Resilience for Waterfront Alliance. In this role, she spearheaded Rise to Resilience, a multi-year campaign and coalition for resilience in the NY-NJ region, as well as the development of WEDG (Waterfront Edge Design Guidelines), a national rating system and education program for excellence in waterfront design.

Kate also served as restoration program manager for the NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program (HEP), where she focused on coastal issues related to restoration, public access and climate change. Kate also led a team of experts to develop a Climate Change Adaptation Plan for the State of Maryland and has held multiple roles conducting and synthesizing research to influence policy and environmental management.

Publications

· Boicourt, K. 2020. Investing in NYC’s infrastructure will also strengthen our resiliency. amNewYork.

· Boicourt, K. 2020. Covid stimulus money should be used to build storm resilience. Crain’s New York Business.

· Boicourt, K and E Bautista. 2020. Downstate NY Needs Its Fair Share of the Restore Mother Nature Bond Act. New York Daily News.

· Boicourt, K. 2020. Re: After Trump’s Criticism of Sea Wall Project, U.S. Halts It. The New York Times.

· Lewis, R. and K Boicourt. 2019. We can’t effectively plan for climate change without real community dialogue and long-term planning. Gotham Gazette.

· Boicourt, K, R Pirani, E Svendsen, and L Campbell. 2016. Connecting with Our Waterways: Public Access and Its Stewardship in the New York – New Jersey Harbor Estuary. New York-New Jersey Harbor & Estuary Program, Hudson River Foundation and US Forest Service. New York, NY

· Boicourt, K, L. Baron, R Pirani, H Aboulezz, C Alderson, P Weppler, G Jacob, R Ehinger, M Larson, J Lodge, D Mans, M Matsil, J McLaughlin, A Peck, R Siegel, S Zahn. 2014 Restoring the New York – New Jersey Harbor Estuary: Ensuring Ecosystem Resilience and Sustainability in a Changing Environment.

· Boicourt, K and ZP Johnson (Eds) 2010. Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change, Phase II: Building societal, economic, and ecological resilience. Report of the Maryland Commission on Climate Change.

· Bricker, S, B Longstaff, W Dennison, A Jones, K Boicourt, C Wicks, and J Woerner. 2007. Effects of Nutrient Enrichment in the Nation’s Estuaries: A Decade of Change. NOAA Coastal Ocean Program Decision Analysis Series No 26.