Cities are looking for ways to prepare for the increasing number of physical, social and economic challenges that threaten their growth and development. 100RC — Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation — is dedicated to helping cities around the world respond to these challenges, and AECOM is providing the strategic planning services to make it happen.

The Challenge

As a strategic advisor, thought partner and project manager for the cities participating in 100RC, AECOM helps facilitate diverse stakeholder engagement workshops to better understand perceptions, needs and risks. We carry out technical analyses in key priority areas, help to identify a list of potential actions and assist in developing the final strategy.

Solutions and Involvement

The 100RC resilience method identifies interdependencies between major components of a city: people and organizations, places and infrastructure, and the economy, networks and knowledge. This harnesses connections to help cities cope and recover after sudden events like fires, earthquakes and floods, referred to as “shocks” by 100RC, which make cities vulnerable. The method also addresses long-term trends, referred to as “stresses,” such as unemployment and widespread crime that undermine cities’ systems and increase their vulnerability.

Achievements and Outcomes

In 2016, AECOM helped Bangkok (Thailand), Berkeley (United States), Christchurch (New Zealand), Medellín (Colombia), Melbourne (Australia), Mexico City (Mexico), Oakland (United States), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and San Francisco (United States) publish their resilience strategies. We also worked with Wellington (New Zealand) to publish its resilience strategy in March 2017. We will help at least an additional seven cities publish their strategies in 2017.

Our Work and the SDGs

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted by countries to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. AECOM supports the SDGs. You can read AECOM’s Sustainability Report 2016  to learn more about how our work on clients’ projects, like this one, is helping transform the world.