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.
100RC is funding the appointment of a chief resilience officer (CRO) who will work with a committee to develop a resilience strategy that brings together existing initiatives, including our Greenest City Action Plan, Healthy City Strategy, and Digital Strategy.
Share your thoughts about how we're preparing for dealing with shocks (one-off events like earthquakes) and stresses (day-to-day events like homelessness).
Your feedback will help us shape the Resilience Strategy, compare public concerns with our organizational concerns, and track public opinion about our work to build resilience, and plan accordingly.
The questionnaire closes on January 19, 2017.
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