Glasgow wins resilience challenge

The Rockefeller Foundation has announced Glasgow’s selection as one of the founding members of the 100 Resilient Cities Network.

Glasgow is one of five European cities to be selected. Scotland’s largest city impressed selectors with its commitment to transformation, shedding its post-industrial past to become one of Europe’s most sustainable, climate ready cities.

One of the foundations for the bid was the work Sniffer has done on the Climate Ready Clyde project.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said:

“Glasgow’s application focused on climate change and how we build, plan and manage our city so that it can adapt to climate change and cope with significant events. In this instance, resilience planning will limit the impact of climate change on the infrastructure of the city.

“Climate resilience will look at areas such as sustainable transport, energy, the integration of infrastructures such as streetlighting, and the use of information technology and data.”

The Rockefeller Foundation launched the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge to enable 100 cities to better address the increasing shocks and stresses of the 21st century. Nearly 400 cities across six continents applied to receive the first round of support and resources for developing and implementing plans for urban resilience over the next three years.

Anna Beswick, Programme Manager Adaptation Scotland said:

“Through Sniffer’s work in developing the Climate Ready Clyde project – initially through the Adaptation Scotland Programme - we have seen Glasgow emerge as leading city region on climate resilience. To be selected for the Rockefeller Challenge is a major boost for all those involved in these efforts and is a unique opportunity to share and learn with the other cities included in the challenge. This will be invaluable for Adaptation Scotland in our work to prepare local authorities, businesses and communities across Scotland for the impacts of a changing climate.”

Michael Berkowitz, Managing Director for 100 Resilient Cities at The Rockefeller Foundation said:

“We are excited about this global network of cities, large and small, coastal and land-locked, ancient and modern, and for Glasgow to be a part of it.

“As Glasgow explained so clearly in its application, building resilience requires partners from every sector, and we have an outstanding cross-sectoral platform of tools and resources that we are eager to make available to help Glasgow become more resilient.”

As part of the 100 Resilient Cities Network, Glasgow will receive support for a dedicated Chief Resilience Officer post, create a resilience strategy, and receive access to tools, technical support, and resources for implementing a comprehensive resilience plan.

Read more about the Rockefeller Centennial Challenge

Download the Vision for a Climate Ready Clyde

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