El Paso is home to a richly diverse, bilingual, bicultural population. Its harsh desert environment means grappling with high population density in a fragile ecology, climate extremes and variability, and relying on limited transportation and grid connections. The collaborative agreements between El Paso and neighboring Cuidad Juárez, Mexico exemplify the best of international cooperation. Together, the cities are addressing immigration, and working to increase the resilience of their shared and limited water supply.

Resilience Challenges

  • Drought
  • Epidemic of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Poor Health Infrastructure
  • Social Inequity

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer


Nicole Ferrini launched her career building better, stronger, more prosperous communities from the strong foundation in the world of design that began with her degrees in both interior design and architecture from Texas Tech University. In 2007, she founded Uncommon LLC as a mechanism to affect positive change within the built environment. The Uncommon concept of “Build for life” is about creating environments that move with the way we live now and change for the way we will live tomorrow, while always maintaining respect for the rich cultural history that represents where we’ve come from.

Nicole is a founding member of the USGBC Chihuahuan Desert Chapter, Eco El Paso Founding Board Member and member of the Congress for New Urbanism. Through her work with these organizations, Nicole has established herself as a community leader working to raise the bar for design and provoke a new conversation among civic leaders, industry professionals and the community at large. Most recently, Nicole acted as spearhead for the GRO El Paso Initiative focused on building grass roots resilience at a regional scale with emphasis on issues ranging from climate instability, resource conservation and crisis management to urban development and social justice.

Snapshot of El Paso

  • 672,538

    Population as of 2012

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