100 Resilient Cities is excited to welcome four new private sector partners joining the movement to build urban resilience in cities around the world: AkzoNobel, The Nature Conservancy, Risk Management Solutions, and Veolia.
These four new partners are joining 100RC’s “Platform Partners,” a group of organizations from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors brought together to provide critical, often innovative tools to help cities around the world become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century.
Rockefeller Foundation President Dr. Judith Rodin announced the new partnerships and the partners’ CGI Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting on Monday, September 22.
Read more about our new platform partners below.
AkzoNobel, a paint and coatings manufacturer, is developing an urban resilience guide for cities, which emphasizes how paints and coatings can build both “hard” and “soft” resilience into city systems. AkzoNobel will carry out projects in at least four cities in the 100RC Network, for example providing guidance on using color in urban spaces to foster a sense of community and identity. Each project will explore the contribution of color and coatings to a particular aspect of resilience, such as public health, protecting urban heritage, maintaining community, promoting economic prosperity, and fostering social connection.
The Nature Conservancy will provide technical advice on natural infrastructure to cities in the 100RC Network. TNC is 100RC’s first environmental Platform Partner, and will provide cities with innovative decision-support tools to help address a wide variety of resilience challenges. TNC will feature all 100 member cities in their Water Risk and Solutions assessment, an effort to map cities’ source watersheds, intake, and storage capacities, and to assess cities’ water risks and drivers, such as population growth and climate change. TNC will continue to add new tools for cities to use, and work with select member cities to plan and implement freshwater and coastal resilience interventions.
Risk Management Solutions is offering the use of their RMS(one) exposure and risk management platform, in addition to the use of relevant RMS catastrophe models on RMS(one). RMS will work with 100RC member cities to deliver services that will enable cities to understand, manage, and respond to catastrophic events better by creating a system of record for exposure data that can be improved and updated over time. This service allows cities to not only run catastrophe models to gauge expected damages and casualties in the future, but also to run post-event analyses to estimate losses and prioritize emergency response activities.
Veolia will share best practices and provide guidance and assessment of water, energy, and waste management infrastructure. Veolia has partnerships with hundreds of diverse cities around the world, and believes that sharing best practices can turn resilience challenges into opportunities for improved and environmentally friendlier social and economic urban development.
Header photo, Davidlohr Bueso, Flickr, Remixed by 100RC