Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As we celebrate Resilient Cities Catalyst’s two-year anniversary, I can’t help but reflect on how resilience is more important now than ever. The continued impact of COVID, climate shocks, and the ongoing and ever more urgent need to address inequality have made it clear that an inclusive and innovative approach is essential to better understanding our risks and to leveraging opportunities to create the greatest benefit for our communities.
The significant and sustained attention on these challenges globally — through commitments made at COP26, COVID recovery funding or the recent bipartisan infrastructure bill — gives us a generational opportunity to partner with communities around the world to deliver impactful projects that build resilience and foster a more equitable recovery, ahead of whatever challenges come next.
It was this motivation that drove RCC to expand the reach of our programs, partnerships and impact in the United States and globally. From helping communities in California unlock millions of dollars of climate funding, to partnering with Australia’s Minderoo Foundation to design a vision for more resilient communities, to working on the ground in Houston to help historically vulnerable neighborhoods mitigate risk, 2021 has been a year of impact.
Thank you to all our partners and funders who have worked alongside us to make this work possible. In 2022, we need additional partners, collaborators and funders to continue growing the resilience movement. I hope this message inspires you to join me and the RCC Board, alongside our incredible RCC Team.
With best wishes,