On August 29, 2018 Mayor Sylvester Turner and Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), announced that Houston will join the 100 Resilient Cities Network. This is a global effort to build urban centers than can weather storms, floods, and associated challenges with housing and mobility. Houston’s membership is sponsored by Shell Oil Company with a $1.8 million grant.
According to the website, “Houston will receive grant funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) to work directly with leaders and stakeholders across the city in developing a comprehensive Resilience Strategy for Houston. Mayor Turner will soon appoint a CRO to oversee a new Office of Resilience, and current CRO and Flood Czar Stephen Costello will continue to serve as the city’s flood czar.”
New Orleans-based non-profit, The Water Institute of The Gulf, has been asked to provide guidance and technical assistance in creating the city’s Resilience Strategy which will establish “actionable initiatives” with “multiple benefits.”