Resilient Cities: Going from 100 to 10,000

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 10:45 a.m. - noon
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • The range of resiliency challenges and distinct needs of different communities

  • How to discern and apply a “theory of change” to move from pilot projects or case studies to widespread adoption of resilience best practices

  • Forms that transformation programs take, the options and barriers for replicating successes, and the National Network of State Sustainability Programs

  • How to apply examples in New Jersey, Minnesota, and New York to create scale in other communities

The 100 Resilient Cities initiative—the leading global resiliency transformation project—enables institutional and market transformation to create resilient urban areas. However, most of America’s urban population and urban infrastructure, while found in metropolitan areas, are not in the central cities that typify the 100 Resilient Cities initiative. Can the transformative lessons of the 100 Resilient Cities initiative be scaled to the rest of urban America? How can we move from 100 to 10,000 resilient cities? 

This session describes how states are implementing such scalability through the National Network of State-Local Sustainability Programs, a collaborative network of 14 programs that work directly with cities to provide a pathway to urban and community sustainability. You will learn about the different techniques these programs have employed through case studies of scaling up resiliency initiatives in New Jersey, New York, and Minnesota. 


Randall Solomon , The College of New Jersey , Ewing , NJ (see bio)
Dazzle Ekblad , NYS Dept of Env. Conservation , Albany , NY (see bio)
Brian Ross , AICP , Great Plains Institute , Minneapolis , MN (see bio)