RISE : NYC provides small businesses affected by Superstorm Sandy with free resiliency improvements to help them prepare for future storms and the impacts of climate change.


The program leverages innovative technologies and up to $28 million in federal disaster recovery funds to improve the resiliency of New York City's small businesses while strengthening New York City’s long-term resiliency efforts. The program also helps strengthen the City’s small business community and emerging tech entrepreneurs.


NYCEDC’s RISE : NYC program launched in January 2014 as a global competition to identify innovative resiliency technologies to help prepare New York City small businesses for the impacts of future storms, sea level rise, and other effects of climate change. Following months of community engagement, project design, and careful evaluation of almost 200 applications, 11 technologies were selected. The winning proposals will receive funding to implement projects at Sandy-impacted small businesses to help them prepare for extreme weather. The technologies selected for funding will be installed at no cost to small businesses across New York City. 

The first RISE : NYC technology was installed in June 2017 by Rockaway-based NYC Daylighting. Learn more in the press release.


RISE : NYC resiliency solutions include energy technologies, building systems, and telecom networks, and represent some of the most cutting-edge technologies available.

Energy Technologies – systems that provide clean, resilient, efficient power, keeping small businesses up and running even during grid failures

Building Systems – solutions that improve the resiliency of critical building components before, during, and after a storm

Telecom Networks – technologies that help small businesses stay connected and operating, even when traditional communication networks are down

RISE : NYC Resiliency Technologies 

Energy Technologies

  • Bright Power: a New York City-based company that will combine solar, energy storage, and co-generation technologies into a Resilient Power Hub to provide back-up power for critical operational and small business needs during power outages.
  • CALM Energy: a New York City-based company that will deploy an intelligent building management system, Energy Watchdog, integrated with standby generation and commercially available technologies, to provide small business owners with smarter, efficient, more resilient buildings.
  • Go Electric: an Indiana-based company with a New York City satellite office that will use its Energy Resiliency System to provide uninterruptible electric power during an outage, as well as reduce business electricity costs year-round through system monitoring and energy storage.
  • Local Office Landscape and Urban Design: a New York City-based firm that will deploy Safe Space solutions at business locations throughout the Rockaway peninsula by developing a custom suite of technologies that provide affordable, site-specific renewable energy-based solutions for basic heating, lighting, security, and communications.
  • UGE: a Canadian-based company with a New York City satellite office, UGE’s turn-key microgrid power solution harnesses solar and wind energy to provide uninterrupted power to small businesses during utility service disruptions and allows them to save on energy costs year-round.

Building System Technologies

  • F. W. Brown: a Connecticut-based company that will lead the deployment of Sandwich Plate System Flood Panels, designed by Flood Panel, LLC, to provide small businesses with flood protection in the form of thin, interlocking, impact-resistant panels that provide a modular barrier against flood waters.
  • Geosyntec: a Massachusetts-based environmental engineering firm whose Active Floodproofing systems will combine resiliency audits with OptiRTC’s monitoring and control system to measure real-time flood risk data and trigger advanced flood risk alerts, actuated control valves, flood guards and other active flood-proofing measures to protect business-critical utility systems from inundation.
  • NYC Daylighting: a New York City-based company that will deploy Solatube Daylighting Systems to capture, transfer, and deliver natural daylight into dark interior building spaces. This passive lighting technology reduces demand on the grid, lowers energy costs, and allows backup power to be conserved for business-critical uses during an outage.

Telecom Networks

  • goTenna: a New York City-based company whose goTenna devices enable communication via smartphone without cell or data connectivity, ensuring that businesses have resilient, peer-to-peer emergency communication capability.
  • New America Foundation: a D.C.-based nonprofit organization with a New York City satellite office is developing decentralized mesh WiFi networks as the flagship project of its Resilient Communities initiative. The networks can route around points of failure to keep small businesses and their surrounding community connected during an outage. ,
  • Red Hook Initiative: a New York City-based nonprofit organization that will expand the current reach of their Red Hook WiFi network to provide local small business connectivity, improving Internet resiliency and access to online resources in the event of a power outage.

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