Climate Action Summit

Resilient Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh has made significant progress in improving environmental stewardship and transitioning from a city in decline to a thriving hub of innovation, technology, education, and medicine. However, there is still a need for focused, inclusive efforts to ensure all Pittsburgh residents and visitors live well and succeed.

In December 2014, Pittsburgh was selected as a member of the second cohort of 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), a network dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

100RC defines urban resilience as “the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.”

Chronic stresses are the endemic issues that challenge the success of a city on a daily basis, such as inefficient transportation, crime and poverty. Acute shocks are the sudden disasters that threaten cities, such as fires, disease outbreaks and terrorist attacks.

Learn more about Pittsburgh’s resiliency plans.