Three years from now, New Orleans will enter its fourth century. When it is home to the next generation of New Orleanians, what sort of place will it be?
The actions we take today will shape our future city for the coming generation. What must we do now to make the next generation more equitable, more adaptable, and more prosperous? How can we make their New Orleans a dynamic urban landscape – aligned with its natural environment? What leadership is needed – from individuals, communities, the public and private sectors – to realize the city we envision?
RESILIENT NEW ORLEANS addresses these questions and sets forth aspirations to guide our work and specific actions to tackle these challenges. We are building upon the existing visions and plans developed over the last decade. Guided by 100 Resilient Cities, Resilient New Orleans combines local expertise with global best practices to confront our most urgent threats and seek ways to redress our legacy of inequity and risk. We propose bold yet pragmatic actions to adapt our city to our changing natural environment, invest in equity, create flexible and reliable systems, and prepare for future shocks.
We developed this strategy by researching the challenges facing New Orleans, gathering input from stakeholders with relevant knowledge and expertise, and sourcing best practices from around the world. We investigated the city’s shocks, stresses, and assets. We met with local organizations and stakeholders to understand how the city’s resilience is perceived today, to gather local best practices, and devise new approaches.
Our strategies will only be as effective as our ability to act. This strategy serves as a focal point and initial work plan for taking action to build resilience. The newly formed Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability and the Chief Resilience Officer will have responsibility for implementing the strategy by coordinating with partners and agencies. The office will advise the Mayor on policy, guide prioritization, and provide regional leadership on resilience. To further integrate resilience into our regulations, policies, and practices, the resilience office will work closely with the City Planning Commission and Hazard Mitigation Office to ensure consistency with Master Plan and Hazard Mitigation Plan.
By planning coordinating regionally, we can solve immediate and long-term problems that no single municipality or parish can address. Single jurisdictions cannot effectively build better levee systems, restore the coast, create stronger economies, ensure safe and affordable housing for our workforce, or build a transportation systems that will serve us into the future. It is only through cooperation, among cities and towns acting together as a region, that we will be able to effectively engage these challenges.
CBNO/MAC Bryan Bell Leadership Forum
Foundation for Louisiana
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Greater New Orleans, INC. (GNO, Inc.) Iberia Bank
Jones Walker, LLP
Louisiana Children’s Museum
Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA)
Louisiana State Office of Community Development (OCD)
Neighborhood Partnership Network of New Orleans
New Orleans Business Alliance
New Orleans Redevelopment Authority (NORA)
New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute
Regional Transit Authority
Ride New Orleans
Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans
Trust for Public Land
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
Urban Sustainability Directors Network
US Department of Energy
US Green Building Council (USGBC)
Waggonner & Ball Architects
Young Leadership Council
American Institute of Architects
Deutsche Bank - Alliance NRG
Sandia National Laboratories