Community Resilience

Making sure communities are resilient has become a core concern for anyone involved in urban planning. Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy are examples of extreme weather’s danger, but cities and towns also face diverse challenges ranging from aging infrastructure in need of repair to the everyday social vulnerability of the disadvantaged. Energy concerns are a vital component of the community resilience equation, because energy literally powers powering our communities, and making modern life possible. Energy efficiency is an ideal essential component of any resilience strategy because it aids emergency response and recovery, helps with climate change adaptation and mitigation, and provides social and economic benefits.