CSA Ocean Sciences, Inc.
Speakers Jeff Hebert, Exec. Dir., New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
Grant Ervin, Sustainability Manager, City of Pittsburgh
Micah Hilt, Planner, San Francisco Earthquake Safety Implementation Program
Is city resiliency a measurable reality or an attitude? Against whatrisks must one “bounce back?” Mitigating risks takes many forms. A development company, the Grosvenor Group, ranked Pittsburgh number five, worldwide. San Francisco is on the Rockefeller list, as is New Orleans, both survivors of major disasters and yet continued vulnerability. Pittsburgh did well on a scale that measures “ability to accommodate change in areas such as governance, technical capacity and planning systems.” San Francisco is touted for its core of financial institutions and high-tech industrial might. New Orleans is change oriented since Hurricane Katrina. This session asks representatives of these three cities:
1.How did your city become interested in sustainability and mitigation, and what difference has it made?
2.What are the best ways a mitigation practitioner can cultivate and sustain the interest of the elected official in these aspects of resiliency and risk management?
3.What are the most important lessons you have learned about making your community resilient and sustainable?