Rockefeller Moves Forward with 100 Resilient Cities

As of 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation has been around for 100 years, and it is celebrating its centennial in style. New grants and initiatives have been announced over the past year, including the foundation's latest initiative: 100 Resilient Cities. Supporting urban resilience throughout the globe, 100 Resilient Cities is a $100 million effort to prepare cities for a changing environment. The effort is a well-coordinated one that involves a great deal of planning. It also shows grantees the foundation's commitment to urban planning in the face of climate change.

The past few months have seen several announcements from the Rockefeller Foundation regarding its 100 Resilient Cities initiative. The program will support 100 cities around the world in hiring a "chief resilience officer" to oversee the development of a resilience strategy and in sharing best practices information, along with tools and resources for implementation. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors has received more than $31 million to support the effort. Admittedly a large chunk of funds, not all the money appears to have been spent yet.

Nearly 400 cities have applied to the program, and an illustrious panel of judges will choose the lucky 100. The judges include big names such as former presidents Bill Clinton of the United States and Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, as well as directors from the London School of Economics, the Ecological Sequestration Trust, CARE USA, Deutsche Bank, and the Rockefeller Foundation. A chief operating officer recently was hired as a vice president of relationships.

Grants have also started going out under the 100 Resilient Cities effort. Recently, Blue State Digital received more than $700,000 to develop a digital education campaign on urban resilience, and Guardian News and Media Ltd. received $300 million to develop an urban resilience section on its site.

The Rockefeller Foundation is putting a lot of money into its 100 Resilient Cities campaign, and it will need people to carry out its vision. Grantees working in urban resilience, building efficiency, and climate change should keep an eye out for opportunities to join in.