A u g u s t  2 0 1 4 — Volume 22, Issue 8
The GENI-us Letter

Sustainability is Critical but Not Sufficient...
We need to Build Resilient Cities

Dear GENI Friend,

100 Resilient Cities - It's Time for Cities to Act -   http://www.emergencyvisions.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2014/04/ResilientCitiesInfographic.jpgSustainability has many definitions.  One being "to meet today's needs without sacrificing the needs of future generations."   Sustainability is about building a more prosperous world for all people.  But this is no longer sufficient in a world addicted to fossil fuels.

Today our planet is already facing the consequences of climate change.  The 2014 United Nations  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) draft report says that 'global warming is already cutting grain production by several percent, causing higher seas, devastating heat waves, torrential rains... and these problems are likely to intensify unless greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are brought under control.'

The Rockefeller Foundation launched the "100 Resilient Cities" campaign to tackle this new reality.  In this "new normal" we must now:

  • prepare for the higher risks,
  • adapt when they hit us and be able to respond quickly and
  • get the community back on its feet.

2014 Resilient Cities TeamThis summer, GENI hosted 16 international students at the World Resources SimCenter.   These interns are environmental engineers who studied this topic deeply - tackling the question: How do we build a Resilient City – and specifically a Resilient San Diego?   They developed ideas, best practices and solutions that can be modeled by any city.  You can see this body of work: http://www.wrsc.org/content/resilientcities

We are proud of these bright students and invite you to review the PowerPoint Presentations, read their summary statements, and watch the videos on our Ustream Channel: www.ustream.tv/channel/wrsc. While their focus was on risks to the San Diego region, the concepts are universal and can be the foundation for your city to engage in the same set of questions.   How would you make your city more Resilient?  It's a question for every mayor, city planner, urban designer, developer, property owner and citizen.

In Partnership for the Planet,

Peter MeisenGENI's 25th Anniversary Seal -- 1987-2012
Peter Meisen

p.s. Click here to help Sponsor our bright international students in "Building Resilient Cities."

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