EC Atlanta Pushes Community Resilience
Extreme Weather conditions are ubiquitous and resiliency planning has taken center stage in government planning efforts (see related article). But how do we ensure that vulnerable communities fully participate in resilience planning process? Emerald Cities Atlanta has taken that issue head on. On March 22nd, after an extensive planning process, EC-Atlanta joined the National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration and the National Weather Service and local climate change organizations-- to develop a resilience strategy for Atlanta residents. They co-sponsored a half-day town hall meeting to discuss what is to come and how to better plan for extreme weather conditions in the Atlanta metro region. The event increased awareness, built relationships with experts and specialists, engaged the community in dialogue, energized policy makers and most importantly devised specific recommendations for the both the Mayor’s and the Governor’s Taskforce. The session yielded approximately eighty (80) ideas, suggestions, and recommendations along with approximately ten (10) overarching themes. Read more here.