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Resiliency

A central challenge of the 21st Century is to develop strategies that can help us bounce back from potentially disastrous events. If we are to have regrets, let us do so by coming to terms with the reality that the human condition can never be free of risk, but at least let us not regret our inaction.

Like globalization and sustainability before it, resilience is the mot juste for a forward thinking world facing numerous multidimensional threats, hazards and disasters. Resilience is not just the right descriptive word; it is the right paradigm, requiring foresight and broad societal understanding and support. The concept of resilience is especially suitable in a world more interconnected, more urbanized, more complex, and yet more fragile than ever.

We support: resilient buildings that allow communities to be ready, not surprised. USGBC believes we must continuously look over the horizon to foreseeable and unforeseeable crises and see what plans are on the table, what preparations need to be made and what assets are in place. And when these tragedies do occur, we need to deploy the resources and assistance to help communities recover smarter, greener and better.”

Global Initiative on Urban Resilience

On June 20, USGBC joined six major organizations to announce the Global Initiative on Urban Resilience (GIUR), an effort designed to spur building and infrastructure development, create new investment opportunities and foster community action around the world. Partner organizations included the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, ICLEI International, the World Bank, the Eye on Earth Summit, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies Program on Energy, Resources and the Environment, and the Earth Council Alliance Brazil. The Initiative, launched during the plenary session of the ICLEI Global Town Hall, will work to create solutions by focusing on urban geographies, identifying the synergies between city governments, non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, and different business sectors.

National Leadership Speaker Series

The National Leadership Speaker Series on Resiliency and National Security in the 21st Century serves as a forum for promoting a strategic vision for resiliency and features keynote speakers who are playing a leadership role in creating a safer, stronger and more sustainable future.

Green Building and Climate Resilience: Understanding Impacts and Preparing for Changing Conditions

Summarizes the most recent research on the likely impacts of climate change at various scales: regional, neighborhood, and site or building.

Sustainability Guidelines for Gulf Coast Reconstruction

Read the guidelines developed to help redirect planning and rebuilding efforts, with the intent of enhancing environmental, social, and economic outcomes.

The New Orleans Principles: Celebrating the Rich History of New Orleans through Commitment to a Sustainable Future

View the ten principles for addressing sustainability in the post-Katrina reconstruction of New Orleans presented at a planning charrette.