Jacksonville Resiliency Project

Revamping environmental solutions to resist

Jacksonville is by far the largest city in the United States by land area: more than three Chicagos and more than fifteen San Franciscos could fit in Jacksonville’s city limits. Yet the city is very sparsely populated, with less than a million residents. The city has a very large waterfront area, since it is divided by the Saint Johns and its tributaries which are all tidal, making it subject to extensive flooding and storm damage. The city has historically underinvested in infrastructure, with tens of thousands of residents still depending on septic systems. Enabling the city to withstand and recover from the effects of climate change and baseline weather events is a complex engineering, planning, and financial challenge, and decisions made at each stage have serious implications for equity within the community. Working with the NE Florida Regional Council and Pace University in NY, we are trying to help the City Council learn from best practices around the country as they hire their first-ever Chief Resiliency Officer.

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