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Eight ICLEI USA Members To Receive Millions from Rockefeller Foundation to Support their Climate Resiliency Leadership; 33 Global Cities Picked for Climate Action Awards

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ICLEI-USA is proud to congratulate eight ICLEI USA member cities and Resilient Communities for America Signatories on their success in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities challenge: Alameda, CA; Berkeley, CA; El Paso, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New York, NY; New Orleans; Norfolk, VA; and Oakland, CA.

These eight ICLEI members and campaign signatories were among ten US winners selected from nearly 400 entries.  They have emerged as global leaders by demonstrating significant progressand a commitment to do even more to make their cities more resilient in the face of the growing threats posed by climate change and other stressors.


The award will provide 100 cities globally with a Chief Resiliency Officer and support services to develop or implement a city-wide resilience plan that will help their community better address the shocks and stresses of the 21st century. For more than two decades, ICLEI USA has been helping cities with technical assistance and policy expertise to do just that, and we look forward to being able to provide our members and campaign signatories with important resources and tools as they develop their resilience strategies, which we hope will serve as models for local governments everywhere.

 

Recent Achievements from Selected Cities:

 

Alameda: Recently carried out the Adapting to Rising Tides project, led by the City, NOAA Coastal Services Center, and Bay Conservation and Development Commission with support and tools from ICLEI.


Berkeley: The City of Berkeley addresses both mitigation and adaptation in its climate adaptation plan and has developed innovative financing strategies for renewable energy, reducing its vulnerability to energy shocks.

 

El Paso: Former Mayor Cook of El Paso was the first of ten Texas signatories to Resilient Communities for America

 

Los Angeles: Last year, ICLEI prepared the city’s first sea level rise vulnerability assessment, in partnership with USC SeaGrant.

 

New York: Last Spring, ICLEI worked with city leaders, federal agencies, and leading foundations to devise new challenge competitions for resilience

 

Norfolk: Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim is an outspoken advocate for preparedness and an Inaugural Signatory to Resilient Communities for America

 

New Orleans: New Orleans has recently made great strides to increase the adoption of solar energy and rethink stormwater management to incorporate more green infrastructure.

 

Oakland: ICLEI is connecting Oakland and other Bay Area local governments to state and national resilience initiatives by serving as staff coordinator to California’s “Association of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation.”

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