(R-Cities) – New York. – Cities are on the frontline in fighting the effects of climate change and the environmental injustice that often follows. The Resilient Cities Network, a cities’ lead network focusing on advancing solutions to build a safe, equitable, and sustainable future, welcomes the passing of the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
“This bill will significantly empower cities to fight the climate crisis and to mitigate its effects on the most vulnerable communities”, says Laurian Farrell, Regional Director of Resilient Cities Network, North America.
This legislation contains essential elements of resilience, taking holistic action to address current and future challenges facing our country. From up-grading infrastructure and supporting emission free mobility, to climate justice grants that address the disproportional health risk due to pollution and climate change – the bill lists many projects and areas that the Resilient Cities Network together with Chief Resilience Officers are currently working on. It complements a wide range of initiatives currently in various stages of implementation.
“Cities have been on the frontline of measures to address climate change and are thrilled to see the level of investment and support for mitigation and adaptation coming through the IRA.” Brian Strong, Chief Resilience Officer and Director City and County of San Francisco.
While the IRA is a major milestone in making the country better prepared to fight the climate crisis, Cities will still need to develop programs and initiatives to enhance resilience. Cities cannot do this work alone. The Resilient Cities Network as a global initiative continues to support cities in this by providing access to a global network of strategically positioned partners working on the ground advancing action on urban resilience.
About the Resilient Cities Network
Resilient Cities Network is the world’s leading urban resilience network. It brings together global knowledge, practice, partnerships and funding to empower its members to build safe and equitable cities for all. Its unique city-led approach ensures cities drive the agenda to benefit the communities they serve. At work in nearly 100 cities worldwide, the Resilient Cities Network supports on-the-ground projects and solutions to build climate resilient, circular and inclusive cities while also facilitating connections and information-sharing between communities and local leaders.