How Will Eleven US Cities Receive Two Years of Salary for a CRO for Free? Learn About Opportunities for Your City in the Next Round of Applicants!


There’s a new person in town and it’s the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO).  Who are they?   According to the Rockefeller Foundations 100 Resilient Cities program, they’re a great communicator, project manager, and someone who cuts across multiple disciplines.  Here’s how the 100 Resilient Cities project defines the CRO: 


“A Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) is a top-level advisor that reports directly to the city mayor. Their task is to establish a compelling resilience vision for his or her city, working across departments and with the local community to maximize innovation and minimize the impact of unforeseen events.”  Read more about the CRO and the skillset desired in a CRO here:  http://www.100resilientcities.org/blog/entry/what-is-a-chief-resilience-officer


Several of the eleven US cities, including Boulder, CO, that were chosen to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities program have already hired their CRO. The CRO’s salary for the first two years is provided by the Rockefeller Foundation.  To read more about Boulder’s new Chief Resilience Officer


10 other US Cities were chosen as part of the inaugural group of cities to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities program. More cities are to be chosen in 2014.  The deadline to apply is September 10, 2014

Your city can apply for the next round of eligible cities at:  http://www.100resilientcities.org/pages/100-resilient-cities-challenge


100 Resilient Cities Challenge Incentives

“The Finalists identified during the 2014 100 Resilient Cities Challenge will be eligible to receive:

  • Funding in the form of a grant to hire a Chief Resilience Officer;
  • Technical support to develop a holistic resilience strategy that reflects each city’s distinct needs;
  • Access to an innovative platform of services to support strategy development and implementation. Platform partners come from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, and will offer tools in areas such as innovative finance, technology, infrastructure, land use, and community and social resilience;
  • Membership in the 100 Resilient Cities network to share knowledge and practices with other member cities.

The actual form and amount of awards will be determined at the discretion of 100 Resilient Cities.”

Source:  100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Compiled by Gail Ann Clark, Center for Sustainability Staff


On July 16, the White House released plans for several initiatives funded by federal agencies that will support state, local, and tribal governments’ efforts to become resilient against the effects of climate change.  These initiatives include:

  • National Disaster Resilience Competition that rewards up $1 billion to communities affected by natural disasters in recent years
  • The Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Indian Affairs $10 million Federal-Tribal Climate Resilience Partnership and Technical Assistance Program that will help tribes prepare for climate change by developing and delivering adaptation training
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) $236.3 million in funding for eight states to support improved rural electric infrastructure
  • FEMA’s new Mitigation Integration Task Force that works  with state, tribal, local, and eligible private non-profit partners, to identify pilot projects in current and emerging disasters  where investments will make the areas more resilient.
  • EPA’s Green Infrastructure Collaborative that advances green infrastructure, and
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) new $1.5 million program to investigate how climate change will affect coastal areas and improve how local government coastal management programs 


To learn more about the new federal initiatives for climate change resiliency, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/07/16/fact-sheet-taking-action-support-state-local-and-tribal-leaders-they-pre


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new tool to improve local flood readiness. The tool is called the Flood Resilience Checklist. The Checklist offers flood readiness strategies for communities such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens, to manage stormwater. 

The checklist is part of a new report, Planning for Flood Recovery and Long-Term Resilience in Vermont: Smart Growth Approaches for Disaster-Resilient Communities. The report is a result of EPA’s Smart Growth Implementation Assistance project in Vermont. In this project, EPA worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and state agencies to help communities recover from Tropical Storm Irene. 

EPA will host a webinar on lessons learned from the Vermont project on Wednesday, August 13. The webinar will feature speakers from FEMA, the state of Vermont, and the Mad River Valley Planning District. 

To learn more about the tool and the report, click here: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia_communities.htm#rec1

To learn about the Smart Growth Implementation Assistance Program, click here:  http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/sgia.htm

To learn more about the webinar: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/webinars/index.html


The Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) has recognized the City of Karachi, Pakistan for its use of the Envision™ Rating System to plan a new suburb of 200,000 people. The suburb, which is currently under construction, uses Envision as a template for weaving together several different kinds of infrastructure into a single community sustainability profile.

In formally recognizing the project, DHA City Karachi (DCK), in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., ISI President and CEO William Bertera noted that this is the first known application of the Envision tool to a whole city, and that the result speaks highly of Pakistan’s commitment to sustainability.


Leading the workshop, which described the project in detail, were lead consultants Inam Ahmed Osmani, Chairman of Osmani & Company, Arif Osmani, Project Team Leader and Brig. (Retired) Muhammad Rafique, the Project Director representing the DHA City of Karachi. Professor Spiro Pollalis of Harvard University and a key resource for the project, shared his experience with sustainable cities generally, with specific reference to the Karachi project. Also present were dignitaries from the Pakistan Embassy and Karachi community leaders.

The project itself has been designed from the ground up. The design of the community, which is intended to be the first of several, takes advantage of the latest technologies for heating, cooling, managing wastes, transportation, water and energy use, each of which was modeled before construction began.


To learn more about the Envision™ sustainable infrastructure rating system, visit the ISI website at: sustainableinfrastructure.org.