The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience works everyday to ensure equity, encourage dynamic civic engagement, secure sustainability outcomes, improve public safety, and become a leader in intersectional resilience. Through action oriented policies, Atlanta continues to update its city infrastructure to align with these values and become a region that works for its residents, as well as a model for cities globally.
Resilience in Atlanta
Public, private, and nonprofit partners across the city are actively engaged in the process of promoting a plurality and diversity of solutions to social-ecological problems. Resilience reinforces sustainable developmental pathways to further transform the City of Atlanta. Together, resilience and sustainability sets the foundation for a stronger, cross-collaborative regional approach to problem solving, building, and planning. The City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Resilience creates and supports programming that addresses the region’s most pressing stresses and builds capacity among residents and city systems alike to better withstand future shocks.
Featured Resilience Initiatives:
- EV Rideshare Program: Mayor’s Office of Resilience and the Department of Corrections have partnered with Common Courtesy, Inc., a not for profit that provides transportation services to those with low mobility access, to provide transportation services using zero emission vehicles to previously incarcerated individuals.
- Clean Energy Plan: In 2017, City Council voted to move Atlanta to 100% clean energy (energy efficient and renewable energy sources including solar and wind power).The plan prioritizes equity and affordable clean energy options. City Council’s adoption of Clean Energy Atlanta will set the course for an action-oriented implementation process in the years to come.
- AgLanta Grows – A – Lot: Program that invites entrepreneurs, non-profits, and residents to apply for a 5-year, renewable license to adopt a vacant, city-owned property to start an urban garden or farm.
- Sustainability Ambassadors: 8-week course that trains and educate City of Atlanta residents and youth on best sustainability practices.
- Ted Turner Resilience Design Competition: Design competition among Atlanta- based colleges and universities to transform Ted Turner Drive into a national example for resilient street design. University of Georgia student winners were announced May 7, 2018.
- NRDC’s Food Matters: Partnering with The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) via 100RC to build resilience by reducing food waste and rescuing surplus food. NRDC’s Food Matters project is focused on helping cities design and implement innovative solutions to address food waste and rescue surplus food.
RED Lab: Atlanta Resilience: Equity and Design Collective (RED) is a resilience lab OoR is piloting with GA Tech. The Lab is designed to help residents use data and technology to solve community issues that contribute or detract from resilience and livability of their neighborhoods. Early projects are addressing code enforcement and rat issues.
- Alternative Fuel Conversion Plan: Through a strategic partnership with the Electrification Coalition (EC) the Mayor’s Office of Resilience developed Atlanta’s Alternative Fuel Conversion Plan published July 2018. This nine-page document serves as a guide for the City to achieve its commitment of transitioning 20% of its suitable fleet to electric vehicles by the end of 2020.
- Parks and Greenspace – The Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs is to provide all residents and visitors with the highest quality parks, facilities, recreational programs and cultural experiences. Introduced in 2005, the Greenspace and Recreation Opportunity Bond provides $105 million in bonds for land acquisition, new recreation amenities, and badly needed infrastructure improvements. In addition, greenspace and bike trails will be added along the BeltLine project. For more information about the efforts of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, click here.