urban planner | educator | impact strategist
Lida [Meliha] Aljabar is an urban planner, social and environmental impact strategist, and educator striving to build a global future that is just, resilient and joyous.
Lida [Meliha] Aljabar is an internationally recognized leader in equitable urban planning and climate adaptation. Lida believes in the regenerative powers of place-connected community building. She holds over a decade of experience in sustainable development, climate action and resilience planning, community design and development, and urban policy across the United States.
As Director of Climate Resiliency Planning at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, Lida led initiatives addressing climate equity, affordable housing and neighborhood infrastructure in New York City. Previously, she led the national Climate-Smart Cities program at The Trust for Public Land, advancing green infrastructure and civic technology for climate action, and has built public-private partnerships for public spaces in the Washington, DC area.
Lida is an AICP certified planner and an educator of community planning and design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
[neighborhood climate adaptation framework]
[green infrastructure strategy & civic technology]
[placemaking & public spaces]
Environmental stewardship as community reclamation [book chapter]
Photo: Mike Harrington