15 May 2013 — In the face of increasing natural disasters due to climate change, the Rockerfeller Foundation has announced funding to make cities more resilient.

For its 100th anniversary the Rockerfeller Foundation has put up $100 million dollars for the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. One hundred cities from around the world will receive funding to hire a chief resilience officer and support in creating a strategic resilience plan, as well as the tools and resources for implementation.

“Once-in-a-lifetime storms now threaten the Eastern Seaboard of the United States every few years,” said Rockerfeller Foundation president Judith Rodin. “Disasters in urban areas can impact millions of people and shut down entire economic systems and supply chains.

“We can’t predict when or where the next crisis will hit. The only thing we know for sure is that they will. But despite that certainty, cities on the whole are woefully unprepared to manage these shocks, lacking the technical expertise and financial resources to create and execute resilience strategies on a citywide scale.”

While cities are increasingly adopting comprehensive sustainability strategies, the concept of resilience – the ability for people, communities and systems to withstand and recover from shocks and stresses – is often poorly addressed.

With 75 per cent of people expected to call cities home by 2050, building resilience in cities will only become more important as climate change increases the frequency and severity of weather events.

Cities can be nominated from August. More information here.