Resilience in Birmingham, AL
The City of Birmingham, under the leadership of Mayor Randall Woodfin, is ready to take the next step towards becoming the most resilient and sustainable city in the South. Presently, Birmingham is involved in the initial development of a comprehensive, community-wide Sustainability Plan which is a key element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan (2013). The overall goal of the Sustainability Plan is to better address the City’s resiliency related challenges by identifying and implementing both policy and practice based opportunities and strategies to: 1) generate better waste management, energy efficiency improvements, and land use conservation and water resources use enhancements; 2) to reduce the unintended adverse impacts of transportation systems, the built environment, and other sources of greenhouse gases on environmental quality and public health; and 3) to enhance social and health equity through employing more sustainable practices and by promoting a greener economy.
With funding and assistance from the Leadership in Community Resilience program, the City will embark on a year-long planning process that includes a comprehensive stakeholder input component to tailor the Sustainability Plan to the City’s specific goals and objectives and secure community endorsement of the outcomes. The program will help to coordinate and augment existing partnerships with ICLEI, STAR Communities, Thriving Earth Exchange and Southeast Sustainability Directors Network. The success of this effort will be determined by the breadth of public engagement and the extent to which the resulting plan can focus on clear, implementation-oriented strategies for sustainability and social equity.