Boulder To Unveil Colorado’s First-Ever Comprehensive Resilience Strategy

BOULDER, CO. – Today, the City of Boulder is launching its first Resilience Strategy, with support from 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). The strategy builds on Boulder’s long legacy of innovation, and taps into the city’s forward-thinking civic and planning culture. It builds on existing work the city has already undertaken, knits those activities together, and presents new actions to address gaps and opportunities that have emerged. The city invites residents to provide additional input on the strategy at ResilientBoulder.com.

Boulder’s Draft Resilience Strategy will be unveiled for public participation and feedback on April 28th from 5:30 to 7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) at the Rembrandt Yard Art Gallery and Event Center on 1301 Spruce St. The city’s Draft Resilience Strategy reflects over a year of community input around the city’s climate related vulnerabilities, neighborhood fabric, economic drivers and its challenges.

“This strategy recognizes the value of taking a coordinated and integrated approach to make our community stronger in the face of a variety of pressures,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “It also taps into the wonderful opportunities and partnerships that have been made possible as a result of the generosity and expertise of the 100 Resilient Cities program. We are delighted to be a part of this effort.”

“Boulder has long been a strong and forward-thinking community,” said the city’s Chief Resilience Officer Greg Guibert. “This strategy draws on that spirit – as well as input from 100 Resilient Cities partner cities and technical partners who are bringing a much needed critical focus to preparedness and recovery to help communities thrive no matter what challenges come their way.”

Boulder’s Resilience Strategy has 15 actions that address the city’s tactical challenges in the coming years related to climate change, social cohesion, disaster recovery, and more.  These actions include creating community resilience centers to ensure continuity of lifesaving services, creating a citizen science program to promote knowledge sharing, and conducting a food security assessment. The city will collect feedback on the strategy through May 20. Online comment opportunities are available at ResilientBoulder.com.

The comprehensive draft strategy focuses on three embedded strategies, each of which is supported by concrete actions:

  1. Connect and Prepare: Prepare all segments of the community for uncertainty and disruption by encouraging community preparedness, creating a culture of risk awareness and personalizing resilience.
  2. Partner and Innovate: Capitalize on the collective problem-solving and creativity of our community by leveraging advances in data, research and observations to address emerging resilience challenges.
  3. Transform and Integrate: Embed resilience into city operations and systems by transforming our approach to community resilience.

“This strategy is the culmination of extensive research, community outreach, and self-assessment, and is a tactical guide for Boulder’s future. It outlines the actions Boulder is already undertaking and integrates them with larger, transformative investments in community resilience,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “100 Resilient Cities is committed to working with Boulder to implement the vision laid out in this comprehensive strategy.”

For more information, please contact:
City of Boulder: Sarah Huntley: Huntleys@bouldercolorado.gov or 303-441-3155

100 Resilient Cities: media@100resilientcities.org