2016 Resilient Cities Summit Report - Solutions for Sustainable Land Use

The National League of Cities, Urban Land Institute, and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) hosted the second Resilient Cities Summit in 2016 which convened mayors, senior city officials, and experts in sustainable development, finance, land use, real estate, and infrastructure. Focused on how cities can be more resilient, the purpose of this summit was to offer participants access to land use tools and resources to advance resilience in their cities. The report includes many examples of resilient cities and offers related resources.

100 Resilient Cities facilitated the summit and presented on land use tools and lessons. Some of the tools discussed are designed to help cities measure the effectiveness of resilience - such as Arup’s City Resilience Index and the Toolkit for Resilient Cities to measure the resilience of urban infrastructure. Policy and funding tools to create more resilient urban environments and local communities were presented across the summit, including zoning codes, building codes, comprehensive planning, development incentives, and more.

Collective findings and emergent opportunities are described - such as creative financing methods like social impact bonds, as well as strategies for building private sector support for resilience. Localized resilience is demonstrated through success stories on disaster planning from Knoxville, TN; Charleston, SC; Albuquerque, NM; and Cleveland, OH.  Other priorities were addressed such as how to send the “resilience message” to different constituencies, and how to manage leadership and implementation.

Publication Date: 2017

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