Planning for Climate Change

In 2014 Sustainable Seattle introduced the PNW Resilience Challenge, a series of semi-annual gatherings of regional leaders concerned about building resilience in the era of climate change. The summit features people with expertise across the private, public and community sectors.

The need to build our climate resilience has powerful implications for our development, infrastructure, and social connections, from how we deal with the increasing threats of climate disruptions and how we, as a community, can plan to recover and thrive. The Resilience Challenge is a direct, hands-on action that examines the unique challenges, as well as the opportunities, in preparing our region for the impacts of climate disruption.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability not only to bounce back, but also to ‘bounce forward’ – to recover and at the same time to enhance the capacities of the community or organization to better withstand future threats.

– Resilience Strategies for Communities at Risk. Urban Resilience Program. White Paper Series. Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2014.

2018 Final Summit Report.

“How do we manage the unavoidable, and how do we avoid the unmanageable? Resilience has to be not only attacking the symptoms of the problem, but getting at the root cause of the problem.”

– Fred Krupp, President of the Environmental Defense Fund and Keynote Speaker at the Risk and Resilience in Coastal Regions Forum