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Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change

GBCI: 0920006850

The Island Press Urban Resilience Project, supported by the Kresge Foundation, is working to promote a holistic understanding of resilience that is grounded in equity and sustainability. This series includes video clips and articles from leading thinkers in the field.
Eligible for 4 CE HOURS.
  • 4 CE

Published on: January 27, 2016



In an era rocked by climate change and other large-scale disruptions, our cities must be resilient in order to survive and thrive. But what does that mean, exactly? What characteristics do resilient cities share, and what can be done to cultivate them? How does resilience differ from sustainability, and where do the concepts overlap?

This course seeks to answer these questions via video clips and short-form articles from leading thinkers in the field of urban resilience. Video clips feature Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of NYC Parks and Recreation Department, Kaid Benfield, Ann Kinzig and Jason Vogel. Short-form media pieces have been featured in publications such as Grist, Governing, and Next City. They can be found on the Island Press Field Notes Blog.

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  1. Learn why urban resilience should be defined as the capacity of a community to anticipate, plan for, and mitigate the risks—and seize the opportunities—associated with environmental and social change.
  2. Understand that resilience is not simply about “bouncing back” to the status quo, but about transforming the systems that supply cities with energy, transportation, food, water and housing.
  3. Explore the social, economic, and environmental importance of infrastructure resilience.
  4. Understand why the key to building a green future is a fair distribution of risk and opportunity for all communities.
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Island Press
Washington, DC
United States

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Included sessions


Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change
Session 1: Introduction to Resilience


Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change
Session 2: Designing Resilient Cities


Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change
Session 3: Infrastructure and Transportation


Urban Resilience in the Era of Climate Change
Session 4: Climate Change and Social Justice