Pittsburgh, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from John Marino’s photostream

City resilience is defined as the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience. Of course, Pittsburgh had to be resilient after the collapse of the steel industry. However, as noted by Mayor Peduto, “But we don’t know what the challenges of tomorrow will be. We can start to prepare for them, but what it does require is that as we develop and as we grow that part of that planning process involves resiliency and sustainability at the core of that decision-making process.”

Some high priority shocks cities can suffer include: infrastructure failure (transportation, water, energy), flooding, hazardous materials incidents, and severe weather. High priority stresses include: social and economic disparities, environmental degradation (air and water), aging Infrastructure, and aging/declining population.

This week you’ll have two opportunities to include your input into the conversation about how we can create a resilient city that is safe and most livable for everyone. The Resilient Pittsburgh Deliberative Forums are meant to give residents a space to learn in more detail about what local government and partners are already doing and to discuss possible solutions with other residents. The goal of these meetings is to identify strategies that can empower residents and invest in our future as a city.

Please register to attend a forum here.

You can learn more about Resilient Pittsburgh here and more about the 100 Resilient Cities program by watching the video below.

Resilient Pittsburgh Community Deliberative Forum
When: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: South Side Market House, 1 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh PA 15203

Resilient Pittsburgh Community Deliberative Forum
When: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Where: East Liberty Presbyterian Church (basement), 116 S Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206