100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is a program pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation that helps a network of cities gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to face 21st-century challenges.
Natural and manmade shocks and stresses from urban growth will continue to hit the world's cities. 100RC is about preparing and acting to strengthen our city economically, environmentally, and socially.
This opportunity will help us expand on our existing initiatives – we've got big aspirations, great strategies, and 100RC will facilitate a breakthrough in our current capacity.
With funding from 100RC, we have hired our very first chief resilience officer, Katie McPherson to:
As defined by 100RC, "urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow, no matter what kind of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience."
Stresses are day-to-day or cyclical issues like affordable housing, crime, transportation, and social inequity. Shocks are events like fires, floods, and earthquakes. Slower-force stresses can harm cities just as dramatically as one-off events.
By looking at shocks and stresses together, and planning for them as a whole, the 100RC partnership aims to assist cities in increasing their governance, operational, and strategic capacity to:
– Mayor Gregor Robertson
Here is our process and anticipated milestones.
Vancouver joins 100RC
Sign a memorandum of understanding with Seattle to support each other's efforts to build resilience
– winter 2017
Engage with the public and stakeholders, and use feedback to help inform strategy focus areas
– fall 2017
Chief resilience officer works with 100RC, their partners, and the public to draft Vancouver's Resilience Strategy
Strategy release and implementation
Start implementing the strategy with help from 100RC partners, frequently update the public on our performance