By Raksha Vasudevan
The Resilient Communities for America Campaign (RC4A) launched a national campaign today to mobilize U.S. mayors, other local elected officials and leaders to address our nation’s climate, energy and economic challenges in order to create more resilient cities, towns and counties. NLC is a core partner, along with ICLEI-USA, the U.S. Green Building Council and the World Wildlife Fund.
The initial goal of the campaign is to achieve 500 signatories to the agreement in the first 12 months following the launch, and more than 1,000 by 2015. The campaign launch was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, with over 45 inaugural signatories supporting the campaign.
"These challenges don't stop at city lines. It takes regional and national partnerships to address climate challenges and achieve a balance between environmental sustainability and economic growth and development," said NLC Executive Director Clarence Anthony at the launch event. "NLC is making sure our members have the tools, resources and ideas to become more resilient."
The overarching purpose of the Resilient Communities for America Campaign is to measurably improve the resilience of all participating communities. Local officials are on the front-lines of preparing for and responding to issues such as extreme weather impacts and the strain they place on our water, transportation and energy infrastructure. The campaign is meant to inspire greater local leadership on these increasingly important issues, and will provide local governments with resources to help them achieve their goals around community resilience and preparedness.
The centerpiece of the campaign is the Resilient Communities for America Agreement, a letter that local elected officials sign to formalize their commitment and showcase their leadership on resilience. Local officials who sign the agreement make a commitment to the campaign based on existing local plans or goals. They can also create new, self-defined goals based on their commitment to improving public safety and quality of life through climate preparedness, infrastructure renewal, energy security and economic prosperity.
Mayors and other elected officials in many of NLC’s member cities, including Salt Lake City, Utah; Moscow, Idaho; and Boulder, Colo. (to name just a few) are inaugural signatories to the Resilient Communities for America Agreement. Show your community’s leadership and commitment to community resilience and preparedness, and sign the Resilient Communities for America Agreement today.
NLC has committed to support and be a source of information to guide local government leaders’ decisions through our Sustainable Cities Institute and through such important partnerships as the RC4A Campaign.
Details: For more information about the RC4A campaign and NLC’s work around sustainability and resilience, contact Raksha Vasudevan, Sustainability Associate, at Vasudevan@nlc.org.