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CapaCity: Building Capacity for Climate Resilience

CapaCity: Building Capacity for Climate Resilience and Sustainability in Cities

In year one (2017), CapaCities built sustainability implementation capacity in city staff and leadership through trainings held in four cities across three countries. These trainings helped city leadership unpack complex urban issues, anticipate threats and opportunities, strengthen inter-departmental collaboration, as well as coordinate investments and policy options to advance urban sustainability. (For more information on year one, click here)

In year two (2018), CapaCities will build on year one outcomes to develop higher level capacity, with a specific focus on climate resilience. Each of four participating cities (Tempe, Mexico City, Lüneburg, Karlsruhe) will be evaluated on its existing planning process or goal related to climate change, sustainability, or resilience. Each city will also be evaluated against partner cities on the resulting impacts of year one capacity building on its sustainability outcomes.

With the support of GCSO, research teams at Arizona State University, Portland State University, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, National Autonomous University of Mexico, and the Leuphana University Lüneburg will address the need for climate resilience and protection measures to be undertaken by city governments and develop the capacity of city administrations to implement such measures.

GCSO Participants:

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)

Kadie Tamm, School of Sustainability, Institute of Technology Assessment and System Analysis

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

Amy Lerner, LANCIS, Institute of Ecology
Abril Kirikou, LANCIS, Institute of Ecology

Portland State University (PSU)

Fletcher Beaudoin, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Liliana Caughman, Institute for Sustainable Solutions

Arizona State University (ASU)

Lauren Withycombe Keeler, School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Leuphana University Lüneburg (LUL)

Philip Bernert, Faculty of Sustainability

Implementing Partners:

City of Tempe
City of Bozeman
Mexico City
City of Lüneburg
City of Karlsruhe