CPHD, TreePeople & LA Take a Giant Step Toward Resilience

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Resilience is a value that guides everything we do in Los Angeles, because we know that the decisions we make today will shape the future our children and grandchildren will inherit. The Resilient Los Angeles plan will help us strengthen our infrastructure, protect our economy, make our institutions more inclusive, and create safer neighborhoods.”

– Mayor Eric Garcetti

Last month, the City of LA took a big step toward becoming more climate-ready when it published its first-ever Resilience Strategy. The strategy is part of the global 100 Resilient Cities effort pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation.

The goal of the effort is to help cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Along with the Strategy, Mayor Garcetti also signed an executive directive that directs City departments to appoint Chief Resilience Officers.

The Resilience Strategy presents 15 goals and 96 actions, covering topics from preparing for emergencies to modernizing infrastructure to reducing health and wellness inequities across neighborhoods. CPHD and TreePeople were involved in the development of certain sections. In fact, we are pleased that our research partnership, the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative, is highlighted in one of the Resilience Strategy’s goals: Prepare and protect those most vulnerable to increasing extreme heat.

Under the goal, we will lead two specific actions in partnership with the City:

  • Develop an urban heat vulnerability index and mitigation plan to prepare for higher temperatures and more extreme heat waves all while protecting at-risk Angelenos.
  • Develop and launch a neighborhood retrofit pilot program to test cooling strategies that prepare for higher temperatures.

Verbiage credit to TreePeople Blog.