Best Practice: Keep The Big Picture In Mind

Understanding how a community’s project area is interconnected with its surrounding communities encourages a comprehensive view of resilience that holds that what happens in each neighborhood affects others, often in surprising ways. Connecting individual community projects to similar projects in nearby communities lays the groundwork for broad-based regional planning and mutually supportive project implementation by sharing information and fostering connections across neighborhood networks.

Example: Hunts Point

Stakeholders in the Hunts Point project area in New York City created the South Bronx Resilience Agenda to promote resilience throughout five Bronx neighborhoods: Hunts Point, Longwood, Mount Haven, Port Morris and Soundview. With a focus on regional resilience, the South Bronx Community Resilience Agenda (SBCRA) meets quarterly to share stakeholders’ lessons and strategies for a more resilient South Bronx. Recently, the SBCRA has used the neighborhood-focused energy pilot component of the Hunts Point Lifelines project to initiate a discussion of the energy needs of the entire South Bronx. Using the information from Rebuild By Design’s experts as a mutual starting point, the SCBRA is better adept to address energy equity and accountability as the state and city advance the energy pilot.

Example: Staten Island

The New York Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR) is leading distinct, yet complementary projects on the Tottenville beachfront in Staten Island. The Living Breakwaters project proposes a “necklace” of offshore breakwaters that will reduce risk, revive ecologies and connect residents and educators to Staten Island’s southeast shoreline. Separately, the Tottenville Shoreline Protection Project proposes a hardened dune system consisting of stone core dunes capped with sand to protect vital infrastructure. Both project teams are combining their efforts to better protect the same community by creating layered resilience structures: one in the water and one on the beach. GOSR hosts combined meetings in order to engage the community for both projects simultaneously and develop a common understanding among residents facilitating involvement by Tottenville residents in a focused, layered approach to the coastal resilience of their community.

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