Planning for Resilience
As the triple threats of climate change, rapid urbanization and globalization exert pressure on cities across the world, many have turned to resilience as a framework for addressing the shocks and stresses they currently face, and are likely to face as the 21st century advances. But what exactly is urban resilience, and how do you plan for it?
This panel will examine the ways careful planning of all of a city’s structures and systems — from roads, social services, school locations, building materials, parks and more — can contribute to a city’s holistic resilience.
This session will feature several Chief Resilience Officers — a new and innovative position now seen in almost two dozed American cities. Many of these CROs, whose salaries are mostly funded by the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative, are trained planners. And they’re using those skills to ensure cities are working across departments of government and all sectors of society in order to better serve their citizens, in both good times and bad
, Studio City
Confirmed SpeakerGeorge M Homewood FAICP CFM • Currently Director of City Planning, City of Norfolk • More than 30 years of professional planning experience including having been planning director for more than 20 years during which time authored or co-authored multiple award-winning plans, policies and ordinances • President of the American Planning Association (APA) Virginia Chapter 2012-2017; Vice-President Policy & Legislation of APA Virginia Chapter 2008-2012 • Member of APA Legislative Policy Committee; co-author of Hazard Mitigation Policy Guide adopted in 2014 and Freight Policy Guide adopted in 2016 • Member of APA Emerging Issues Task Force 2015-2016 • Outside of work, active as a volunteer in Boy Scouts, USA Swimming, Virginia High School League and National Federation of State High School Associations for which currently a member of the Swimming and Diving Rules Committee As Planning Director of Norfolk, VA which hosts the world's largest naval base and is the east coast's most at-risk city for sea level rise, Mr. Homewood has been a national leader in promoting a long-term vision of resilience to strengthen physical, economic and social resilience in a rising water environment. Collaboration and asset mapping are the keys to this approach to resilience.
, Rebuild by Design
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerAmy Chester has more than 20 years in municipal policy, community engagement, real estate development and communications advocating for the urban environment. As the Managing Director of Rebuild by Design, Amy is responsible the organization’s operations and management and overseeing its fundraising and strategic direction. The Rebuild by Design competition to address physical and social vulnerabilities exposed by Hurricane Sandy resulted in $930M in awards from HUD to implement the winning designs from 10 teams. Rebuild By Design then joined the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities to replicate that process in regions across the US and the world. Previously, Amy worked for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Legislative Affairs and as a Senior Policy Advisor. In these roles she was responsible for the public engagement strategy of PlaNYC, the Mayor’s sustainability agenda, which included initiatives such as the Million Trees Campaign, congestion pricing, and the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan. Outside of government, Amy has also consulted for numerous nonprofit organizations and on many electoral campaigns, including Hillary Clinton’s winning Senate campaign and Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
, 100 Resilient Cities
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerBefore joining 100 Resilient Cities, Corinne LeTourneau worked for over ten years in the government and non-profit sector advancing innovative urban strategies and solutions. Most recently, Corinne served as Director for Policy and Planning for Community Solutions, a national non-profit organization dedicated to working on solving complex problems that impact vulnerable people and communities. She managed government relations, designed and implemented programs, and led the strategic direction of the organization’s community revitalization initiatives. Prior to that, Corinne served as the Director of Special Projects for the New York City Department of Transportation where she worked on operational and policy initiatives, including the development of an agency-wide strategic plan that led to the implementation of several green infrastructure projects. Corinne brings vast experience in urban policy to the 100RC team, specifically in issues related to transportation, infrastructure, homelessness, housing, and neighborhood poverty. Corinne holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University.