Bristol is the United Kingdom’s fastest growing city. To support this growth, the city is investing more than $2.7 billion in new and renewed infrastructure, particularly in transport, energy, housing, and business. The city has plans to create resilient systems—more decentralized, less prone to cascade failure—and will future-proof investment decisions. Bristol is already the most energy and waste-efficient major UK city, and they plan to meet future needs by managing resources even more efficiently. The city aims to empower individuals and communities to help themselves, support capacity building and local-decision making, and protect local amenities. Much of the building stock is old, but the city is working to enable owners to future-proof these buildings, which will support and protect human life and enable commerce. The city is using a systems-led approach to build in capacity, flexibility, safe failure, and constant learning. Bristol aims to be future-proofed by 2020.
 

What Does City Resilience Mean in Bristol?  

Resilience Challenges

  • Chronic Energy Shortages
  • Food Shortage
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Poor Health Infrastructure
  • Rainfall Flooding

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

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Sarah Toy is a chartered civil engineer with 25 years’ experience working in the public, private, not-for-profit, and academic sectors. She has worked on a wide range of infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia, and South America. She has extensive experience leading leading multi-disciplinary teams to work across traditional boundaries and achieve common goals. She is very interested in how people’s daily lifestyle choices can be influenced positively through a combination of hard (physical) and soft (social marketing) measures.

Sarah has lived in the city of Bristol for 12 years. Before her recent appointment as Strategic Resilience Officer for Bristol City Council she was the Head of Smarter Choices for the UK sustainable transport charity Sustrans, and prior to that she worked for four years as a Sustainable Development Advisor in the consultancy Arup. In this role she helped to develop and update the in-house sustainability appraisal tool SPEAR to include climate change and poverty reduction indicators.

Snapshot of Bristol

  • 432,500

    Population as of 2012

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