What would you do if you got a call from the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, asking you to make his city green? If you’re David Bragdon you jump at the opportunity. Bragdon announced his resignation as the president of Metro in mid-August — after almost eight years on the job and four months before the conclusion of his term. His last day will be September 7th. His position in New York City will be director of long-term planning and sustainability. Bragdon says:
I leave wistfully. Though I was born in New York City – and return there now with excitement – I have been “Oregonian by choice” for nearly four decades. I chose to stay here because I believed it was a place where an individual could make a difference and make the place’s natural gifts even better.
Has Bragdon succeeded at that? How have land-use planning and transportation issues been affected by his leadership? What questions do you have for him about his time in Oregon and, specifically, his time at Metro? What does he consider his greatest success and his biggest failure? What does New York have to learn from Portland about being green?
- David Bragdon: out-going Metro Council president and up-coming director of Mayor Bloomberg’s Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability in New York City
- Nate Gronewold: New York City Bureau Chief for Environment and Energy Publishing and a reporter for Greenwire
- Joan Byron: Director of the Sustainability and Environmental Justice Initiative for New York City’s Pratt Center