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ANA
FISYAK

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I’m an urban planner, researcher, and nonprofit strategist dedicated to a community-based approach. I have provided technical assistance for NYC communities and CBOs for over a decade, especially collaborating with organizations in low-income communities of color and environmental justice areas. I teach at Parsons/New School and SUNY.

My work intersects human ecology, climate change, public space, social determinants of health, and the arts. I’m a Faculty Fellow at the Urban Systems Lab, The New School and an Urban Design Forum Fellow. My work has been covered by World Architecture, The Grist, Resilience.org, and The Wave.
 






Featured Work        



Community Visioning following Managed Retreat Proposal Selected by The Nature Conservancy 




2021

DEVELOPMENT
ENGAGEMENT
PLANNING


Partners: RISE, CCCE, Edgemere Community Civic Association, Edgemere Coalition Community Garden, and others

Funder: The Nature Conservancy







The Nature Conservancy awards our team’s proposal for an inclusive, equitable community visioning process for vacant land following managed retreat in Edgemere, Queens. The highly competitive NYS-focused program selected only two projects in the state.  The project—which will be led by  Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability & Equity  with technical assistance by the Collective for Community, Culture, and Environment—will initiate a co-creation process for socially and ecologically equitable use of vacant, flood prone areas with local partners. The project seeks to strengthen relationships within the community and to city agencies; grow awareness about “living with water” and community involvement in land stewardship; provide a forum for deeply community-driven visioning and a wide variety of voices; and align community priorities around a community land trust model. 


Images couresy of RISE. Photos by Benjamin P. Martin, Giles Ashford, and the Rockaway Field Guide.  

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Researching Environmental Stewardship's Role in Combating Eco-Anxiety for Climate Action

2020

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RESEARCH


Ana Fisyak is named Faculty Fellow @ Urban Systems Lab | THE NEW SCHOOL for Healing Dunes . The project seeks to understand how environmental conservation, especially the stewardship of natural and nature-based features focused on protecting front line communities, can help to improve mental health, combat eco-anxiety, and open larger conversation in the community around climate change adaptation in a positive and generative way.  The research will focus on the Rockaway peninsula, in partnership with local organizations. The Urban Systems Lab Fellowship supports research and scholarly activity that further the USL’s commitment to providing new insight into developing more equitable and resilient cities. For more information about Urban Systems Lab visit http://urbansystemslab.com/.


The sign reads “What creates health? Parks. Feeling. Trees. Ecology. Reefs.”
Photo by Giles Ashford. Images courtesy of RISE.

Winning $372,000 for the Rockaway Dune Enhancement Plan
2019

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DEVELOPMENT


Client: Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability & Equity

Partners: NYCParks, NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation, US Army Corps

Secured $372K from the NFWF’s National Coastal Resilience Fund to complete a site assessment and preliminary design to strengthen 7-miles of Rockaway’s dune system, the community’s first line of defense against storm surge. The project will align multiple state, federal and local projects and prioritize biodiversity and community voices in the process.


Image courtesy of RISE. Photo by Giles Ashford.



Enabling Rockaway Homeowners to Adapt to Coastal Flooding
2020

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RESEARCH 
PLANNING


Client: Rockaway Initiative for Sustainability & Equity (RISE)


Partners: Columbia University, Stevens Institute, New York Hall of Science
The multi-disciplinary project aims to empower homeowners across the Rockaway Peninsula to reduce impacts of flooding on their homes, finances, and lives. Homeowners are uniquely at risk to  flooding while also most able to take action; they also play an important role as community innovators. Working in close collaboration with civic associations to design, implement, and evaluate three engagement strategies to  understand how to best support homeowners and catalyze preparedness and community-wide conversations about coastal flooding. The research will be used to scale the project and develop a community toolkit that can be used to spur community dialogue about climate adaptation.    


Images courtesy of RISE. Photos by Giles Ashford.