100 Resilient Cities

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Bristol is an independent-thinking, sustainable and culturally diverse city with a high quality of life. Bristol is thriving. But there is no room for complacency.

Changes are occurring at unprecedented rates in our economy, job markets, technology, environment, politics and population, and consequently our challenges are becoming both more severe and more unexpected.

The vision of resilience articulated here is a distinctively ‘Bristol’ vision, and it is a genuinely collective one, emerging from not only rigorous data analysis but also the experiences and opinions of thousands of Bristolians, as well as national and international friends. We have co-created this Resilience Strategy, comprising a 50 year vision, resilience pillars, goals and transformative actions. In the spirit of resilience, this is not a fixed strategy replete with actions that might become inappropriate in our changing world, but rather a framework.

1 Fair Every person living in Bristol has the assets and opportunities to enjoy a good quality of life.

2 Livable The city center and neighborhoods are great places for people of all ages to live, work, learn, and play.

3 Sustainable The city and region prosper within environmental limits through adapting new behaviours and technology.

4 Agile Bristol citizens and leaders make agile decisions based on shared priorities and real time information.

5 Connected A strong network of local communities and organizations promotes trust, cooperation, and shared actions across the city.

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1

Every person living in Bristol has the assets and opportunities to enjoy a good quality of life.

Achieving greater equality and social cohesion are crucial to increasing Bristol’s resilience: this means providing affordable energy, water, food, shelter and access to employment for all as
well as ensuring everyone can take part in the life of the city.

By 2066 Bristolians will:

  • Be free from discriminatory practices
  • Be providing opportunities for all to close the education gap
  • Provide affordable housing for all
  • Be free from child poverty
  • Be free from health inequality
  • Deliver a fair income ratio in the city between highest and lowest incomes

2

The city center and neighborhoods are great places for people of all ages to live, work, learn, and play.

Green infrastructure and the natural environment can provide multiple benefits such as active travel, improved air quality, improved health and wellbeing, and reduced impacts of flooding, climate change, and environmental degradation, and reduced transport costs.

By 2066 Bristolians will:

  • Benefit, across the whole city, from the multi-functional value of green infrastructure and the natural environment
  • Live in an all age-friendly city, with all ages able to access all necessary services within a 20 minute journey by active travel or a sustainable mode of transport
  • Achieve clean air for Bristol

3

The city and region prosper within environmental limits through adapting new behaviours and technology.

To live within our environmental limits we will aim to use resources (products, components and materials) to their highest utility in the economy. This builds resilience by reducing the impact of resource scarcity (e.g. energy, food, water, materials), future-proofing our infrastructure and our economy, and protecting our natural environment.

By 2066 Bristolians will:

  • Develop a zero waste city
  • Live in a carbon neutral city
  • Operate environmentally responsible and fairtrade supply chains

4

Bristol citizens and leaders make agile decisions based on shared priorities and real time information.

Being more agile will help to futureproof Bristol’s infrastructure and wider assets, whilst also promoting long term resilience planning rather than just short-term financial returns. It will also help to deliver jobs and skills for local people, whilst empowering citizens to support projects they are passionate about, and providing key infrastructure assets for Bristol.

By 2066 Bristolians will:

  • Be using city data to reduce inequality
  • Develop new partnerships to co-create and scale up city solutions
  • Deliver local bonds and place-based investment to transform the city

5

A strong network of local communities and organizations promotes trust, cooperation, and shared actions across the city.

By implementing actions related to this pillar, we aim to develop a participatory culture, by undertaking projects that appeal to those across a community with tangible outcomes, where participants contribute and benefit equally.

By 2066 Bristolians will:

  • Be living by a city charter for shared values
  • Benefit from city-wide community cohesion
  • Design and deliver services by self-organised communities

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