Mayor's Office of Resilience and Sustainability
Using the city's resilience strategy, Resilient New Orleans, as a guide, the Office of Resilience and Sustainability (ORS) works with other city departments and agencies to advise on the strategic pursuit of comprehensive resilience priorities across environmental, social, economic, and infrastructural improvement goals. ORS also leads the outreach efforts associated with resilience-building projects and the management of the projects associated with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – National Disaster Resilience Competition award. Above all, ORS leads the strategic combination of efforts to achieve multiple benefits for public, private, and nonprofit initiatives in New Orleans.
Resilient New Orleans
In August 2015, the City of New Orleans, led by the City’s first Chief Resilience Officer, Jeff Hebert, released one of the world's first comprehensive strategies for building city resilience. Resilient New Orleans builds on more than 10 years of planning and visioning for our city and leverages the work we are already doing, while proposing bold strategies with committed partnerships to move from recovery to resilience for the next 300 years.
For more information and to download the strategy, please visit resilientnola.org.
Watch the vision for a resilient New Orleans take shape:
Gentilly Resilience District
The Gentilly Resilience District is a combination of efforts across Gentilly to reduce flood risk, slow land subsidence, and encourage neighborhood revitalization. The city’s first Resilience District will use various approaches to water and land management that have been successfully piloted throughout New Orleans and, when implemented together, are intended to create even greater neighborhood benefits. The City of New Orleans recently executed funding agreements with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development as part of its National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) and is now positioned to enter the next phases of planning and design of Gentilly Resilience District projects.
To learn more about NDRC and our city's application, click here.