Launching Greater Houston Regional Resilience Initiative

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Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2018 7:28 pm | Updated: 7:30 pm, Tue Oct 23, 2018.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A year after Hurricane Harvey dumped up to 60 inches of rainfall on the Houston area, taking more than 80 lives and causing an estimated $180 billion of damage, the Institute for Sustainable Communities and the Houston Advanced Research Center, announced the launch of a new initiative that will create practical, community-led solutions to direct, accelerate, and streamline existing recovery and resilience efforts.

The Greater Houston Regional Resilience Initiative, funded by The JPB Foundation, is a partnership between ISC, HARC and regional and local leaders that will help tackle the Upper Texas Gulf Coast’s economic, environmental, and social vulnerabilities, some of which were laid bare in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The initiative will combine HARC’s expertise in translating science to actionable programs and policy and knowledge of the region with ISC’s experience working with local leaders to find community-based resilience solutions for neighborhoods, cities and regions.

The work has already started with a discovery phase to determine challenges and opportunities in building resilience in the region, and will soon begin to focus on engaging with community-based individuals and organizations to begin developing solutions.

SOURCE: Instititute for Sustainable Communities

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