2021 Newsletter #4 | Lime Selected for NYC Inaugural E-Scooter Program & Offshore Wind Procurement


A hearty congratulations to Lime for being awarded a permit by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to operate New York City’s first-ever e-scooter pilot program. Lime will launch 1,000 e-scooters and operate for one year, with an option for NYC DOT to renew the permit for an additional year. Karp Strategies is proud to have supported Lime as a strategic advisor, focusing on mobility, accessibility, equity, transparency, and operating within the needs and context of the NYC market, helping bring their ideas and approach to the forefront.

Karp Strategies CEO Rebecca Karp congratulated Lime, and noted “Lime will be an exciting transportation option for New Yorkers. Throughout the RFEI process, I saw firsthand their interest in truly understanding the local market, considering key partnerships, and delivering last mile transportation connections. We look forward to the pilot rolling out!”

Of the partnership, Senior Government Relations Director Phillip Jones noted “From day one, it felt like Karp Strategies was part of our team, down in the trenches with us to bring about changes to our submission. The best part of working with them is their commitment to being thoughtful, strategic, and giving an individualized approach.”



It is an exciting time to work in the field of planning and transportation as cities like New York continue to demonstrate resilience and adaptability - Karp Strategies is thrilled to have been part of this effort. See you on an e-scooter soon!


With the nation turning a corner – into springtime, vaccinations, and yes, increased federal funding for crucial initiatives – we thought we’d check in over a cup of coffee with Karp Strategies founder Rebecca Karp on what comes next, on how she’s advising her clients to escape the scarcity mindset and plan effectively.


Cheryl: Let’s start by just checking in. What comes now, for you and your family? How are you planning to celebrate these warmer months?

Rebecca: We’re getting out into Prospect Park more, taking our dog for walks, cooking a lot on our little patio, planning some upstate trips, and starting to think about what it’s going to be like to be finally reconnected with our family and friends again. I think hope is in the air, personally, professionally– after a long, hard year, a little slice of hope is something we all deserve.

Cheryl: Turning to the future of business post-pandemic; the most common question we get, in its infinite permutations, is, what now? What does equitable development look like post-pandemic?

Rebecca: Great question. This is a very interesting moment….read the full interview here.

In March, the Biden administration announced its goal of deploying 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power by 2020. These new goals will undoubtedly usher in a new era of economic development, but only if the industry commits to equitable procurement practices, diversity, and hiring minority- and women-owned businesses. Read Rebecca Karp’s latest op-ed on Energy News Network here - and join us in committing to assessing your procurement strategies to determine where you can hire and promote MWBEs in your own organization.

Join us at exciting conferences, panel discussions, and more!


April 22, 11-11:45AM | International Partnering Forum (IPF)

Join Rebecca Karp at the International Partnering Forum (IPF) on April 22nd, the largest offshore wind energy conference in the Western Hemisphere, where she will be speaking on a panel focused on ensuring equity in offshore wind development through MWBE inclusion. She will be joined by fellow panelists Jessica Dealy from Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, Teaera Strum from Strum Contracting Company, and Mark Rice from Maritime Applied Physics Corporation. The panel will be moderated by Nse Esema from the New York City Economic Development Corporation.


April 26-27, 2021 | Coro New York Leadership Conference

Join the Karp Strategies team at the virtual Coro New York Leadership Conference from April 26-27. Leaders from the public, private, and nonprofit sector will band together at this conference to share their insights and network with Coro’s 3,000+ alumni and 100+ influential partners. The conference will focus on inspiring leaders in creating an equitable, just, and engaged society. Drop us a note if you’re attending, and we’ll see you there! Register here.


May 10, 12, 14, 2021 | Waterfront Alliance Conference

Save the date for the Waterfront Alliance’s 2021 Waterfront Conference, happening May 10, 12, and 14 from 1-5pm. Topics will include maritime industry sustainability, COVID-19, and innovation, climate dialogue on the natural world renewables, environmental education equity, and justice, and resiliency. Join Rebecca Karp and fellow panelists Eliot Cresswell from the Workforce Development Institute, Pete Malinowski from the Billion Oyster Project, and Lynda Nguyen from ALIGN on May 14th from 12:05-12:55PM for an exciting panel titled: How Do We Grow A Green Workforce? Pathways From Grade School To Higher Education. Panelists will explore the avenues we must take to ensure that we are growing our nation’s green workforce. We hope to see you there! Register here.


Thursday, April 21, 12PM: The Future of New York Hosted by Capalino | Join Donnel Baird, Founder of BlocPower for a conversation about decarbonizing buildings in NYC’s low-income communities and going beyond Local Law 97. Register here.

Thursday, April 22, 11AM: Espresso with Carlo* - 2021 NYC Candidates for Mayor, David Weprin | Join the New York Building Congress’ President & CEO Carlo Scissura for a chat with mayoral candidate David Weprin. Register here.


Wednesday, April 28, 1PM: NYSERDA - Learning from the Experts: Article VII Permitting Process for Offshore Wind | Join this webinar from NYSERDA to learn more about how Article VII of the New York State Public Service Law sets forth a review process for offshore wind projects seeking to deliver power to New York’s electricity grid. Register here.


Thursday, April 29, 2PM: U.S. C3E Webinar - The Gigaton Climate Challenge: Decarbonizing with Scale and Urgency | Join U.S. C3E Ambassador Melanie Kenderdine from Energy Future Initiative (EFI), U.S. C3E Ambassador Anna J. Siefken from Carnegie Mellon University, and U.S. C3E 2019 Education Award recipient Valerie Karplus from Carnegie Mellon University as they discuss critical pathways to decarbonization. Register here.


*Karp Strategies does not endorse any of the candidates listed above.

Want to continue the conversation? We’d love to hear from you. As always, we welcome the opportunity to connect with your network of partners and clients or to work with you. Reach out to us at info@karpstrategies.com.