100 Resilient Cities and CDM Smith Announce Partnership to Reduce Flood Risk in North American Cities
BOSTON – Last year, weather-related disasters caused in excess of $300 billion in damages, a record high in the United States. As part of a growing trend that warrants special attention toward disaster preparation and response, these events have further demonstrated the need for municipalities to develop a proactive and integrated resilience blueprint. As part of its ongoing efforts to develop water infrastructure resilience, CDM Smith is pleased to announce its recent partnership with 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), a global nonprofit organization dedicated to helping cities better prepare for the economic, social, and physical challenges that have increasingly become part of 21st century life. CDM Smith will advise 100RC member cities on reducing flood risk, thus making available a critical tool for enhancing the resilience of urban infrastructure.
100RC provides member cities with a network of carefully selected Platform Partners who can provide access to a curated suite of resilience-building tools and services on a pro-bono basis. As one of the organization’s Platform Partners, CDM Smith joins a prestigious group committed to helping urban communities prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the ‘shocks’ (catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires, and floods) and ‘stresses’ (slow-moving disasters like water shortages and inadequate sanitation systems) that threaten public health, safety, and quality of life. Platform Partners represent a wide array of private sector, public sector, non-governmental organizations and academic community leaders. Each is a vital component of 100RC’s efforts, providing cities with the tools they need to increase urban resilience and develop a global marketplace for resilient solutions.
“CDM Smith strives to insert a resilience lens into every facet of our organization, so we are excited to collaborate with 100 Resilient Cities to establish new relationships and deepen existing ones with municipalities all over the world,” said resilience expert and CDM Smith project manager Lauren Miller. “We look forward to helping member cities build defenses against water-related risks and develop Resilience Strategies that can orient them for years to come.”
CDM Smith will serve as a consultant to 100RC member cities on strategies for flood risk reduction and opportunities to reduce known, flood-related vulnerabilities of existing or planned infrastructure, including green and grey solutions. The partnership will leverage the resources and expertise of both organizations to ensure that member cities are best equipped to address their long-term resilience goals. Innovative financing strategies and tactics to support infrastructure needs will form an important component of the analysis.
The firm will leverage its experience with more than 300 communities across the United States–including cities like New York, Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans, Houston; Boulder, Colorado; Jacksonville, Florida; Salem, Massachusetts; and Minot, North Dakota–to augment and upgrade water infrastructure, provide comprehensive water and environmental solutions, and deliver short- and long-term guidance to increase infrastructure resilience.
“In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with companies like CDM Smith to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st century,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “CDM Smith is offering a valuable intervention to 100RC members, in helping to reduce damage and service disruptions to key infrastructure based on a city’s flood-related threats."
100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.
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