Seattle

Seattle’s Resilience Journey

Seattle has recently witnessed rapid growth as it attracts major technology and e-commerce companies. Economic expansion has brought with it transportation congestion and increased inequality, including a lack of affordable housing and disproportionately poor health and educational outcomes for the Seattle’s neediest citizens.

The city is tackling these issues through efforts such as Seattle’s Equity and Environment initiative, which works to improve access to government by building capacity with communities of color, and by improving the capacity of city staff to work with underserved communities to ensure greater economic and racial equity.

Earthquakes are Seattle’s greatest disaster risk. A 2005 model of a magnitude 6.7 earthquake projected an estimate of over 1,600 fatalities and $33 billion in damages. Seattle has approximately 1,100 unreinforced masonry buildings, which are the most likely to collapse in earthquakes. Retrofitting these buildings is a significant expense, and making them safe without displacing residents is a major policy challenge. Damage would likely concentrate in the city’s lower-income areas, exacerbating the impact of a potential earthquake.

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Broward County joins Resilient Cities Network as 101st member

Broward County joins Resilient Cities Network as 101st member

R-Cities extends invitation in recognition of the county’s significant contributions in the field of resilience and potential to enhance the capacities of other member cities regionally and globally.
New York City’s hospitals, schools, and businesses are committed to reducing food-based emissions by 33% by 2030

New York City’s hospitals, schools, and businesses are committed to reducing food-based emissions by 33% by 2030

New York City’s hospitals, schools, and businesses are committed to reducing food-based emissions by 33% by 2030.
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