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Building Resilient Streets and Neighbourhoods

Posted By: Veronica Cooperon: May 21, 2017In: News, Vital People  As chickens cluck loudly, it’s important to clarify, we’re not on a farm, but in a backyard in Victoria West…Read More

Waiting for `The Big One’ to Shake San Francisco: QuickTake Q&A

by Jeffrey Taylor More stories by Jeffrey Taylor ‎May‎ ‎26‎, ‎2017‎ ‎12‎:‎00‎ ‎AM What happens to the San Francisco Bay area when the next major earthquake strikes? Read More

At ECOS Conference States Meet to Discuss Unsexy Side of Infrastructure

Posted to Energy April 06, 2017 by Erin Mundahl  When President Donald Trump announced his proposed budget, environmentalists across the country gasped at his proposal to dramatically cut funding to the Environmental Protection Agency…Read More

How can we build cities to be resilient to the challenges of the 21st century?

Lianne Dalziel, Mayor of Christchurch, New Zealand, shares her thoughts on how governments can partner with communities to strengthen resilience planning…Read More

Green Energy Poverty: Are Low Income Americans Impoverished by Alternative Energy?

Posted to Energy April 19, 2017 by Erin Mundahl  Sunday is Earth Day. While environmentalist groups are planning marches to support renewable energy development, several groups are pushing back by declaring April 17-21 Green Energy Poverty Week…Read …

Tackling resilience: Finding order in chaos to help buffer against climate change

“Resilience” is a buzzword often used in scientific literature to describe how animals, plants and landscapes can persist under climate change. It’s typically considered a good quality, suggesting that those with resilience can withstand or adapt …

Insurance industry can play role in infrastructure resilience

To better manage risks and recover quickly, city infrastructure owners and operators must move beyond asset-by-asset risk management to build resilience within and between infrastructure systems, says a Lloyd’s of London report issued Monday…Read More

Resilience in Rural Australia is Becoming a Core Competency

As Queensland looks to its recovery from Cyclone Debbie it’s timely to reflect on resilience, the challenges for communities and the need to develop a skillset that promotes greater collaboration and capacity building, writes Natalie Egleton …

What the I-85 Collapse Signals about American Infrastructure

This column was written by Lili Carneglia. Atlanta is already known for having some of the worst traffic in the world, and the recent collapse along a major interstate will only make congestion worse…Read More

Two Centuries of US Immigration

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Our Miserable 21st Century

by Nicholas N. Eberstadt  From work to income to health to societal mobility, the year 2000 marked the beginning of what has become a distressing era for the United States… Read More

Driving Resilient Design, One Edition at a Time

In the face of climate change, model codes and standards can be an unlikely vehicle for advancing strategies that help protect buildings and infrastructure…Read More

Building business resilience

PLANNING to hit the beach these days means we also instinctively plan to protect ourselves with sunscreen, a hat, pair of sunnies and the right clothing. Not surprisingly being in business ought to prompt a similar …

New ebook: Resilience Matters

Resilience Matters; Sustainable, Equitable Solutions. This new, free ebook available from Island Press; here is the direct link to the 175 page book. Thanks to reviewer Dr. John Plodinec for reading the book and preparing this …

Atlantic Council Launches New Resilience Center in Face of Mounting Global Disruptions

WASHINGTON, DC – At the inaugural meeting of the Adrienne Arsht Center for Resilience, a high-level group of policymakers, experts, and local leaders urged governments to accelerate efforts to integrate resilience into decision-making as a critical …

This Resilience-Minded News Service Encourages Grassroots Solutions

Rockefeller’s new platform, Zilient, wants to expose leaders to solutions that will help cities and countries bounce back from disasters…Read More

Project drawing on recovery lessons from Hurricane Sandy aims to improve U.S. resilience and disaster preparedness

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University will lead research to determine why some communities recover from natural disasters more quickly than others, an effort aimed at addressing the nation’s critical need for more resilient infrastructure and …

Managing Chaos

Our secret fears are true: We write emergency plans that nobody reads. But it’s worse than that…Read More

Climate Policy in the Age of Trump

By Ted Nordhaus, Alex Trembath, and Jessica Lovering  Of the many reasons that a slim minority of voters chose to elect a bombastic reality television star to be president of the United States, climate change was …

Viewpoint: City of Atlanta continues its efforts of building Atlanta’s resilience

The City of Atlanta is in a unique position to tackle social and economic challenges which will help promote resilience in the already ascendant City we see today…Read More

What Drives Urban Resilience? Two Cities That Bounced Back

by Richard Barkham, Global Chief Economist, and Matthew Walaszek, Senior Research Analyst, at CBRE…Read More

Resilience: It’s Not Political

By John McManus  Builderonline.com’s new Resilient Homes resource center aims to help builders committed to protecting home buyers from nature’s risks…Read More

Green Bonds Rise as Tool for Water Infrastructure, Resilience

By Paul Burton   Environmentally conscious green bonds are a tool more issuers use to finance various means of purifying drinking water and buffering against rising seas…Read More


Explore How Education Affects Us All…Read More

Reinventing Poor Cities at Scale

By Charles Marohn   Flint, MI presents a very compelling story. A city full of poor, disadvantaged people from which the affluent have fled. An economy in systematic decline where jobs have been shipped out and factories …

And the poor shall rise

By Johan Norberg — Did you hear the breaking news? Yesterday, 138,000 people rose out of extreme poverty. Another 138,000 rose out of extreme poverty the day before. And the day before that, too. Of course you …

Review of “Standards and Finance to Support Community Resilience”

From the “Recovery Diva”  White House released a report titled Standards and Finance to Support Community Resilience.  The Diva asked John Plodinec, guru on the topic of resilience, to provide a review of the report. John …


From Opportunity Nation  Central to our identity as Americans is a shared belief that, no matter how humble your origins, with hard work and perseverance, you can improve your prospects and give your children a shot at a …

What Comes Around, Goes Around (and Around and Around): Reviving the Lost History of FEMA and its Importance to Future Disasters

By H. Quinton Lucie  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) lacks a coherent historical record. Often this results in the agency repeating the mistakes of its past…Read More

Hurricane Matthew: Effect on Healthcare and Community Resilience – See more at: http://www.ajmc.com/contributor/s-mantravadi/2016/12/hurricane-matthew-effect-on-healthcare-and-community-resilience

By: S. Mantravadi and Harris Alibasic  Strong, accessible health systems and connectedness within community infrastructure affects community resilience in the face of public health emergencies and natural disasters…Read More


This Joint United States-Canada Electric Grid Security and Resilience Strategy (Strategy) is a collaborative effort between the Federal Governments of the United States and Canada and is intended to strengthen the security and resilience of the …

Anger, mourning and the American right

Arlie Hochschild  We live in grim times. There’s a job to do.’ So says Arlie Hochschild, author, sociologist at the University of California, Berkeley and self-styled ‘feminist, liberal and environmental wacko’…Read More

The Fires across Israel: Insights and Lessons for National Security

By Meir Elran  The wave of fires on November 22-26, 2016 throughout Israel – 1,773 in number – resulting from extreme weather conditions should direct the attention of the public and decision makers to the risks …

Smart Surface’ report shows savings from pervious, porous pavements, cool roofs

A new report documents large-scale environmental, health and economic benefits that Washington, D.C., could realize from such “smart surface” technologies as pervious concrete or permeable concrete paver installations, cool or green roofs, and solar photovoltaic panels…Read …

Unbreakable: Building the Resilience of the Poor in the Face of Natural Disasters

Report from World Bank  “Economic losses from natural disasters totaled $92 billion in 2015.” Such statements, all too commonplace, assess the severity of disasters by no other measure than the damage inflicted on buildings, infrastructure, and agricultural …

New York City Activates ‘Critical Backup’ Water Tunnel

By Sara Jerome  New York City activated a drinking water tunnel from Brooklyn to Staten Island last month after the $250 million project faced delays due to Hurricane Sandy…Read More

Common Good Forecaster

Measure of America of the Social Science Research Council…Read More

Our nation’s infrastructure will crumble without resilience

For those of us who work in cities, it was great to hear New York Sen. Charles Schumer’s announcement this week that one of his first legislative priorities — should he become Senate majority leader — …

Forum: 4 years after Hurricane Sandy: Building a more resilient coast in Connecticut

By Wendi Weber   Four years ago this week, Hurricane Sandy struck the Atlantic Coast, causing more than 100 deaths in the United States, destroying thousands of homes and devastating coastal communities…Read More

Go out and grab opportunities being created, PM Lee tells youth

SINGAPORE — With anxiety building up due to the gloomy economic outlook, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong sought to reassure young Singaporeans that a wealth of opportunities are being created for them…Read More

White House Partners With Industry on Climate Data

By: Eleanor Lamb  The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) launched a public-private partnership on Sept. 22 with the sole purpose of sharing and using data for climate resilience…Read More

Study: Only eight percent of Louisiana municipalities participate in risk mitigation program

The National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) can provide significant cost-savings on flood insurance rates for all residents…Read More

A Solution to the Housing Supply Problem

International Center on Housing Risk hosted two conferences last week…Read More

When you mess up, get up: the power of failure in building resilience

In the middle of his bar routine – having flung himself into the air with style and skill – Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland missed the bar at the last grasp and face-planted into the mat…Read More

In shock, but resilient: State shifting to recovery mode as floodwaters recede

It’s a familiar sight to Louisianians: flooring, furniture and drywall heaped next to streets after a flood…Read More

How a South Louisiana festival becomes a celebration of resilience

Jessica Goff, The Daily Advertiser Published: August 22, 2016, 5:00 am.  DELCAMBRE, La. (The Daily Advertiser) – A few blocks away from piles of waterlogged, roadside rubbish, a festival went on as it has for 66 …

America Unprepared: 3 Startling Realities You Didn’t Know About Young Americans

by Pete Olsen · Published September 16, 2016 · Updated September 21, 2016.  Earlier this week the Council for a Stronger America released the 2016 Citizen-Readiness Report that highlights new data indicating that “many young Americans …

Book Review: Resilience – the Ultimate Sustainability

Reviewed by Dr. John Plodinec, Associate Director, Community and Regional Resilience Institute.  Aris Papadopoulos manages to pack a lots of facts, figures, and recommendations for the future in this small (177 pp of text) book…Read More

What is a citizen?

by Jennie Bristow  The debates around the EU referendum vote have revealed a clash of realities. This has been quite disconcerting. Conversations with friends, family members and colleagues who voted differently have invoked, not only differences of …