Resilient Communities for America Agreement
We, the mayors and local leaders of America, will lead the creation of more resilient cities, towns, and counties, built to overcome our nation’s EXTREME WEATHER, ENERGY, and ECONOMIC challenges.
A CALL TO ACTION
Communities across the country are on the front lines of three related challenges: record-breaking extreme weather fueled by climate change, unreliable and costly energy, and ongoing economic uncertainty. As the pace of change quickens, city and county governments must work to make communities more “resilient”: able to bounce back from disruptions in a sustainable way and maintain a good quality of life for all. As local elected officials:
1. We urge state and federal leaders to support our local resilience initiatives and to take meaningful steps to build resilience and security throughout the nation.
2. We commit to building community resilience through our own local actions, such as the paths to resilience described below.
3. We commit to sharing our solutions, success stories, and annual progress with other local governments through the Resilient Communities for America online platform.
PATHS TO RESILIENCE
- Evaluating local vulnerabilities to extreme weather and a changing climate, from heat waves and air pollution to droughts and floods.
- Adopting and implementing preparedness policies that protect vulnerable populations and natural resources from extreme weather and other climate impacts.
- Reducing the community’s carbon footprint to help reverse climate change and avoid the costs of adapting to more severe climate impacts.
- Transitioning to a renewable energy future to achieve greater energy independence, protect communities from price spikes, and ensure more reliable power during heat waves and other disruptions.
- Implementing energy efficiency programs that help residents, businesses, and municipal government save money and energy, lower carbon emissions, and reduce demand on the grid during severe weather events.
- Investing in upgrades to community facilities to safely serve the needs of changing communities decades into the future.
- Creating new models to finance improvements and manage risks to community assets through engagement with the private sector.
- Harnessing innovations in information technology and green infrastructure to optimize performance and reduce costs through more efficient operation
- Retaining and attracting investment by safeguarding businesses from extreme weather and ensuring reliable access to energy, water, and other key resources.
- Supporting the private sector in creating more diversified local economies that are more resilient to economic downturn, through job creation in sectors such as clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and local agriculture.