The Next Practice (TNP) in partnership with ICLEI released a new service offering called Resilience Zones, at ICLEI Canada’s Livable Cities Forum in Vancouver. Taking a comprehensive approach to climate adaptation, catastrophic risk management, and local economic development, the Resilience Zone process focuses on creating the market conditions for continued development and re-investment in at-risk urban districts, precincts and neighbourhoods.
For more information about Resilience Zones click here.
TNP Partner, Jeb Brugmann, authored a report titled “Building Resilient Cities: From Risk Assessment to Redevelopment” as part of the “Building Climate Resilience in Cities” workshop series organized by Ceres, ClimateWise, The University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, The Insurance Advisory Panel and ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability.
Historically, efforts to build climate resilience in cities have been led by public policy and planning efforts. As cities continue to grow in scale and complexity, large scale investment and widespread behavioural change is needed to ensure that cities are prepared to manage future risks, illustrating the crucial role that the private sector has to play. This report identifies one of ways in which the private sector can work to mitigate the negative outcomes of climate change through a new strategic planning framework, called a “Resilience Zone”.
To read the full report, click here.
Jeb Brugmann was featured in the Sunday Telegraph’s Sustainable Cities EcoReport for September 2013. Click here to read the full publication.
Climate change adaptation and natural disaster reduction is typically viewed as a cost that must be funded by governments and property owners. Since the costs of preventative measures offer no clear investment return, little is done until disaster strikes. In this paper, Jeb Brugmann presents an alternative strategy for disaster reduction in cities: establish a market for ‘resilience’ as a performance benefit of locations and properties, much as markets have been established in recent decades for ‘green’ and ‘livable’ locations. The findings of a recent collaboration between Ceres, ClimateWise, The Next Practice, the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership, and others will be available here soon.