Rockefeller Foundation Announces First Cohort of Resilient Cities

Rockefeller Foundation Announces First Cohort of Resilient Cities

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced the first thirty-three cities selected to participate in its 100 Resilient Cities Network.

Selected from nearly four hundred cities across six continents by a panel of judges that included former U.S. president Bill Clinton, the cities in question will receive technical support and resources over the next three years to help them develop and implement plans to bolster their resilience to both natural and manmade disasters. They include Byblos (Lebanon), Christchurch (New Zealand), Dakar (Senegal), Da Nang (Vietnam), Glasgow (UK), Medellin (Colombia), Porto-Alegre (Brazil), Ramallah (Palestine), Semarang (Indonesia), Surat (India), Vejle (Denmark), and Alameda, Berkeley, Boulder, El Paso, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, Norfolk, Oakland, and San Francisco in the United States.

As part of its commitment to urban resilience, the foundation, in partnership with Palantir, Swiss Re, the World Bank, the American Institute of Architects, and Architecture for Humanity, will provide municipalities selected to participate in the effort with knowledge resources and networking opportunities; funding to develop a resilience plan and hire a chief resilience officer responsible for resilience building and coordination; and tools and implementation resources in four areas: innovative finance, innovative technology, infrastructure and land use, and community and social resilience.

"The cities selected for the 100 Resilient Cities Network range from megacities to small regional hubs, coastal to land-locked, ancient to modern, yet are grappling with so many of the same challenges, including climate change adaptation, outdated infrastructure, and better meeting the needs of their most vulnerable citizens," said 100 Resilient Cities CEO Michael Berkowitz. "Each of these cities knows that building resilience requires partners from every sector, and 100 Resilient Cities will catalyze new relationships to technologies and resources to help ensure that each city is center of growth and opportunity, no matter what stress comes its way."

For a complete list of the selected cities, visit the Rockefeller Foundation Web site. The next round of the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge will be held in mid-2014.