Coordinator, Environmental Systems Management Program,
Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment
Eva Hanhardt is Senior Advisor to the Planning Center at the Municipal Arts Society, having previously served as co-director and director of the Planning Center and co-director of the ImagineNY project. The ImagineNY project, which receive an award in 2002 from the American Planning Association, provided for broad public participation on New York City’s recovery and rebuilding after the tragedy of 9/11. The mission of the Planning Center is to support community-based planning in low and moderate-income communities in New York City.
The Planning Center has hosted numerous exhibits and forums on planning, architecture and environmental topics such as community-based planning, Brownfield redevelopment, and environmental education and sustainable design. Ms. Hanhardt came to the Municipal Art Society from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, where she directed a unit that assisted businesses in environmental compliance, pollution prevention and sustainable development practices. Also she was Director of the Environmental Economic Development Assistance Unit and of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg Environmental Benefits Program, where she supported the development of one of the earliest community GIS systems and worked closely with environmental justice organizations.
In addition, Ms. Hanhardt worked for many years as a planner for the New York City Department of City Planning, most recently with the Waterfront Division, where she was one of the principal authors of the Comprehensive Waterfront Plan and Waterfront Zoning Text. She was the founding Executive Director of the Salvadori Educational Center on the Built Environment and has held planning positions at the New York City Department of Ports and Trade and the Community Service Society. Ms. Hanhardt has lectured and taught at a number of universities and is currently an adjunct professor of urban and environmental planning at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment and at Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs and Planning. Ms. Hanhardt also serves on the Boards of New Partners for Community Revitalization, the Urban Agenda, New York 2050 and Green Ground Zero.