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American Cities Tapped to Spur 'Climate Resiliency' Action Worldwide

'Resiliency has risen to one of the top subjects that we talk about now in the sustainability world.'

Dec 18, 2013
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Oakland has a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 36 percent below 2005 levels by 2020—one of the strongest municipal targets in the country. The city has conducted multiple studies on potential impacts of sea-level rise and flooding and analyzed the risk of buildings most vulnerable to earthquakes. Oakland plans to use the Rockefeller initiative to help develop financing tools for seismic retrofits in buildings and develop long-term climate risk projections, among other initiatives.

"We're hoping that not only as a city, but as a region, that we can establish a benchmark for other cities that may not be part of the network," said Renee Domingo, Oakland's director of emergency services and homeland security.

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