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


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