Resilient Cities: Houston

nttsw-logo-150On 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.”

See Houston article and 100 Resilient Cities  for more information.

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