Integration of resilience principles into Boulder’s Sustainability Framework

Summary

Boulder’s Sustainability Framework is the unifying mechanism that connects all of the city’s policies and programs, and therefore represents the best point for integrating the resilience principles that will have the greatest impact across all of Boulder’s departments and functions. The Sustainability Framework has been used successfully in practice for several years, informing the city’s policies, budget prioritization and program design. The Boulder community has a deeply embedded sense of sustainability as a core value system, manifested through the well-established framework, among many other community-driven initiatives. Resilience, however, is a relatively new and emerging concept being systematically applied as a practice in cities for the first time. By thoughtfully integrating resilience into a familiar and operational framework, resilience activity will be placed in a relatable and immediately actionable context.

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  • Transform by integrating resilience into city operations

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