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Resilient Pittsburgh

April 2016

This year the City of Pittsburgh's Department of Innovation & Performance is taking strides to help our city become more resilient by addressing the stresses we face today and preparing for potential future shocks, ranging from a lack of affordable housing to poor air quality and severe storms to hazardous materials incidents. As one of the 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, Pittsburgh strives to ensure that all residents have the have the same opportunities to live well and succeed. 

This monthly newsletter will give updates on the process as we develop Pittsburgh's Resilience Strategy, share opportunities to get involved, and will also feature some of the projects that are already improving resilience in the region.

The Preliminary Resilience Assessment (PRA) summarizes the risks Pittsburgh faces and the opportunities to strengthen resilience. The PRA will guide the next phase of resilience strategy development and subsequent project implementation. The Executive Summary of our PRA is available now by clicking here! The full PRA will be ready for public comment in April. Please share your concerns, revisions, and comments with us via this Google survey for the Executive Summary.
We collected information and public input from a series of workshops and forums with subject matter experts, government agencies, service providers, and community members. Images below are from one of the Deliberative Democracy Forums in November (top) and our Steering Committee meeting in January with stakeholders and organizers, as well as Mayor Bill Peduto (bottom). The 140 residents who attended the Deliberative Democracy Forums learned about Pittsburgh's resilience challenges and the 100 Resilient Cities process, and shared feedback on the biggest threats and stresses in their neighborhoods.
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Pittsburgh named a U.S. DOT
Smart Cities Finalist

The U.S. Department of Transportation has chosen Pittsburgh as one of seven national finalists for the “Smart City Challenge,” a federal initiative that will provide the winning city $50 million to build technology-based systems to address mounting transportation and transit challenges facing cities nationwide. To learn more about the City of Pittsburgh's Smart City application, click here
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Watch this video to learn more about the USDOT Smart City Program.


The Mayor has tasked the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI), a consulting group from Baltimore, MD., with making home renovations and improvement programs more accessible and effective for Pittsburgh's residents. These programs will reduce utility bills and improve resident health and safety. GHHI has been successful in Rhode Island, Baltimore, and Salt Lake City, and we look forward to working with GHHI and local partners to address potential asthma and lead concerns, make homes warm and dry, and help residents save money. Click here to learn more about GHHI. 


On February 3, 2016, City and County emergency management and response leaders met for a two day Threat Hazard Identification & Risk Assessment conference to coordinate resources and response to potential disasters. Raymond V. DeMichiei, the Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS), stressed that despite well-trained, equipped and coordinated emergency response, self-reliance and community cooperation is key so residents can prepare for potential risks. For example, OEMHS recommends that all households prepare 72-Hour Emergency Kits.

Meet our New Resilience Team Members!

Resilience AmeriCorps Fellows
Cities of Service is a national nonprofit that supports mayors to design and implement impact volunteering initiatives– city-led, citizen-powered programs that target specific needs and seek measurable outcomes. In collaboration with the White House, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Rockefeller Foundation, and other federal partners, Cities of Service launched a two year Resilience AmeriCorps pilot program to build resilience in disadvantaged communities. Emily Costello and Alex Cupo joined the Resilient Pittsburgh team in January and will train local volunteers in disaster preparation and communication.
Alex Cupo
Alex Cupo, from the Greater Philadelphia Area, is a recent Undergraduate of the University of Pittsburgh. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Political Science. In 2015, he worked as the Program Assistant for the Office of PittServes' Office of Sustainability. 
Emily Costello
Emily Costello is originally from State College, PA. She went to Shippensburg University, where she graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Gerontology. In the past, she has worked with AmeriCorps in the National Civilian Community Corps in St. Louis, Missouri. 
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