What is Resilience?
Resilience is the ability of a community to prepare for and respond effectively to shocks and stressors. The shocks will come on suddenly, like the 2013 flood, wildfires, violence or illnesses. The stressors take their toll over time, such as economic hardship, social inequality, or the declining health of a community and its members. Resilient communities prepare for, survive, adapt and learn to thrive under new conditions.
Being able to adeptly respond to disturbances and changes (e.g., Resilience) is a key aspect of achieving long term social, economic and environmental Sustainability.
Let's oversimplify this:
RESILIENCE: The acknowledgement that the future isn’t static.
SUSTAINABILITY: Doing things in the present with an eye toward the future.
Strategy and Progress
In 2017, the the City of Boulder and local partners built a community of resident scientists, began a process of planning for uncertainty, developed a cohort of residents ready to respond in the event of an emergency and witnessed first hand the power of a community working to build resilience daily. Take a moment to view the 2017 progress report.
100 Resilient Cities
To strengthen the community, Boulder is proud to be one of the first 32 cities chosen to participate in 100 Resilient Cities. This effort brings together 100 leading cities around the world to innovate solutions that support many other communities as they address the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.