ARCADIS PARTNERS WITH 100 RESILIENT CITIES – PIONEERED
BY THE ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION, TO IMPROVE
QUALITY OF LIFE IN CITIES
Arcadis joins 100RC Group of Platform Partners, along with Companies like Microsoft and Swiss Re, Offering Best-In-Class Resilience Building-Tools to Member Cities
Arcadis and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) are announcing a partnership to help cities in the 100RC network better understand their short- and long-term resiliency planning challenges.
Arcadis joins a prestigious group of 100RC “Platform Partners” that have committed to helping cities around the world prepare for, withstand, and bounce back from the ‘shocks’ – catastrophic events like hurricanes, fires, and floods – and ‘stresses’ – slow-moving disasters like water shortages, homelessness, and unemployment, which are increasingly part of 21st century life. The Platform Partners are a vital component of 100RC’s efforts, both providing cities with tools they need to build resilience and influencing the market as other resilience tools are developed. Current Platform Partners represent a wide array of private sector, public sector, NGO, and academic community leaders.
The partnership will provide 100RC coastal cities with a Resilience Roadmap containing recommended actions and cost/benefit data to help coastal cities plan for climate hazards. The roadmap will help city leaders understand and make short and longer term resiliency planning and zoning decisions, and will help cities identify mitigation and adaption strategies for the city.
John Batten, Global Cities Director for Arcadis, commented: “Our partnership with the 100 Resilient Cities is a major milestone for Arcadis. To be resilient, cities need to prepare for all scenarios, not simply react when they occur. Resilience is becoming an ever-present topic and, by addressing it, cities can give themselves the edge when it comes to attracting investment and securing their natural and built assets.”
“This agreement marks a major step in Arcadis’ growing history as we look to help cities to be livable, investable, adaptable and competitive. We are expanding our resiliency network and are pleased to bring this experience and value to our clients.”
“In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with companies like Arcadis to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st century,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “By providing a Resilience Roadmap to our network cities, Arcadis is leading by example, and is helping to build a global resilience movement.”
100RC is dedicated to helping cities become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century. Each city in the 100RC network receives four concrete types of support:
- Financial and logistical guidance for establishing an innovative new position in city government, a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead the city’s resilience efforts;
- Technical support for development of a robust Resilience Strategy;
- Access to solutions, service providers, and partners from the private, public, academic, and NGO sectors who can help them develop and implement their resilience strategies; and
- Membership in a global network of member cities who can learn from and help each other.
Platform Partners are dedicated to providing 100RC network cities with solutions that integrate big data, analytics, technology, resilience land use planning, infrastructure design, and new financing and insuring products. Other 100RC Platform Partners include Microsoft, Swiss Re, Palantir, the World Bank, MWH Global, Veolia, Ushahidi, and Sandia National Laboratories.
Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy firm for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 28,000 people active in over 70 countries that generate more than €3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world. www.arcadis.com Arcadis. Improving quality of life.
About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation
100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. 100RC currently has 67 member cities. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.
100RC recently launched the third and final round of the 100 Resilient Cities challenge, where cities can apply to become part of the final cohort of cities in the global network of 100 cities. For application information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org/challenge.