The City of Sydney has been formally invited to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities network, a collection of global cities working to create climate change-resilient communities.

The program provides funding to city councils – US$100 million in total – to help them prepare their cities for the problems associated with a changing climate. Part of the funding goes towards hiring a “chief resilience officer” for two years, which Sydney will soon be on the search for (a coveted role if the Melbourne CRO’s $200,000+ salary is anything to go by).

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the city was honoured to have been invited to join such cities as London, Paris, Chicago, Singapore and Melbourne. The award tops of an impressive year for the city, which was recently internationally recognised for its energy master plan and also won a range of architecture gongs for its Prince Alfred Park + Pool Upgrade.

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“Leadership involves looking at the long term, and that is exactly what the City of Sydney does,” Ms Moore said.

“We are already working hard to prepare Sydney for a fast-changing future. We are putting together a climate change adaptation plan to look at the social, economic and physical impacts of climate change.”

President of 100 Resilient Cities Michael Berkowitz said Sydney’s approach to urban resilience and commitment to collaborative partnerships was exceptional.