North America Climate Resilience Program

North America Climate Resilience Program


North America Climate Resilience Program

Z Zurich Foundation (Foundation), Zurich North America (ZNA) and Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) are working together to increase city resilience and reduce risks to life and property due to shocks and stresses, particularly around the intersection of climate risk and social inequity.  The North America Climate Resilience Program will operate in selected neighborhoods of US cities, with a  focus on vulnerable populations. The program will result in implementable solutions that tackle social injustice and build resilience.

We know that the challenges of our changing climate can no longer be tackled in silos. This program will examine the effects of cascading shocks and stresses (flood and heat) and provide solutions that incorporate holistic resilience from the very beginning stages of analysis through to implementation. This project puts equity at the center of the work and ensures community voices are a central part of the solutions.

Climate change is a complex problem and solutions will be developed through a series of steps, starting with an analysis of the challenges and existing tools and processes.

Click here to learn more about the Resilient Community Impact Fund (RCIF)

The North America Climate Resilience Program will increase climate resilience in vulnerable urban communities through:

  • Investing in and deepening the resilience capacity of cities by providing diagnostic support through use of the xRMC tool
  • By conducting intentional and authentic community engagement
  • Providing expert technical assistance through the collaborative efforts of  Z Zurich Foundation, Zurich North America and the Resilience Cities Network
  • Scale and support knowledge transfer to additional cities across the global network and Zurich/Foundation markets.
  • Developing viable resilience projects with potential funding through the Resilient Community Impact Fund (“RCIF”)
  • Building partnerships across R-Cities and Zurich’s extensive stakeholder networks who are committed to supporting and funding resilience projects; and by growing the RCIF

The Resilient Community Impact Fund (RCIF):

Cities cannot do this alone, we are creating new partnerships and new ways of working together to drive resources and funding directly to where cities can make the most impact on the resilience of individuals, businesses and the cities themselves. An initial investment by Z Zurich Foundation into the RCIF will not only create direct impact in communities, but will also catalyze broader support from partners to help scale successful projects to more cities.

City Engagement

We are pleased to announce that the cities of Houston and Boston will be the project “action cities,” with opportunities for three other cities (to be announced) to participate as “learning cities.” The cities will represent a broad range of city size, demographics, geographies, climate and perils (shocks and stresses). We anticipate that the action and learning cities will be home to a population of more than 20 million people and have the common element of being a coastal/waterfront city with a deep connection to the water that defines them.

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North America Climate Resilience Program