Lego City: Oslo on the Hudson, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Eirik Newth’s photostream

“If sustainability is the ability to endure, then resiliency is the ability to strengthen and adapt. How does a city like Pittsburgh move beyond planning for sustainability and towards planning for true resiliency?” That is the question that will be addressed at the “Pittsburgh as a Resilient City” Green Building Alliance (GBA) breakfast briefing on Tuesday, February 23rd.

In 2015, Pittsburgh was chosen to participate in the 100 Resilient Cities network. This program was created by the Rockefeller Foundation to help cities around the world to become more resilient. 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.


Iron City Sunset, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from David Grant’s photostream

At the briefing, you’ll hear from Grant Ervin, the City of Pittsburgh’s chief resilience officer, and Jordan Fischbach, co-director of RAND’s Water and Climate Resilience Center, speak about how they are working to ensure that the City of Pittsburgh’s projects are no longer addressed in isolation, but as a system. Ervin will also speak about Pittsburgh’s plan to enter its next phase of resilience planning. Come learn about RAND’s upcoming resilience assessment, our city’s future action plan, the various players involved in this planning, and what is the “resilience dividend.”

You can learn more about the briefing here, as well as purchase tickets to the event ($10 for GBA members and students, $20 for non members).

“Pittsburgh as a Resilient City” Breakfast Briefing
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Where: Green Building Alliance, 33 Terminal Way, Suite 331, Pittsburgh, 15219
Register: Now!