100RC, MWH Global form partnership for innovative urban resilience initiative
100 Resilient Cities announced a new partnership with MWH Global to provide advisory and technical support services to improve water and wastewater systems and address other water-related risks in 100RC member cities.
BROOMFIELD, CO, Mar. 2, 2015 -- 100 Resilient Cities (100RC)―Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation is an organization dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. Today, the company announced a new partnership with MWH Global, an engineering, consulting and construction firm focused on water and natural resources.
The new coalition will provide advisory and technical support services to improve water and wastewater systems and address other water-related risks in 100RC member cities. MWH is joining 100RC's "Platform Partners" -- a group of organizations from the public, private and nonprofit sectors that provide critical tools to help cities around the world become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are a growing part of this era.
"A focus on access to clean drinking water, flood mitigation and effective wastewater systems is something shared by many of our cities around the world," said Michael Berkowitz, 100RC president. "Through our partnership with an industry leader like MWH Global, our member cities will become more resilient by planning for and addressing the impacts of these shocks before they even occur."
With experience working in cities such as Toowoomba, Australia and Lyons, Colo., on the assessment, planning and execution of flood-prevention strategies, the partnership with MWH Global will be dedicated to helping cities reduce their vulnerability to water-related risks, strengthen institutional capacity and promote integrated planning.
Bringing a range of expertise to the 100RC program -- from risk and resilience specialists and management consultants to urban planners and engineers -- MWH will provide individualized guidance to help cities develop solutions that are tailored to meet their unique needs. Through the 100RC Network, cities partnering with MWH will receive:
- Assistance with assessing and prioritizing water and wastewater infrastructure-related challenges and enhancing flood management systems and integrated community development
- Aid in improving the function of man-made and natural assets that are important to reducing vulnerability and ensuring success of critical systems
- Support in developing tactics to counter water-related risks through urban planning, infrastructure and economic development priorities
- Guidance on a range of institutional and financial issues important to 100RC cities to help design and implement cities' long-term resilience strategies
Platform partners are dedicated to providing 100RC Network cities with solutions that integrate big data, analytics, technology, resilience land use planning, infrastructure design, and new financing and insuring products. These partners are a vital component of 100RC's efforts, both helping provide cities with tools they need to build resilience and also influencing the market as other resilience tools are developed.
Other 100RC Platform Partners include Swiss Re, Palantir, the World Bank, Cities Alliance, the American Institute of Architects, and Microsoft. A full list of platform partners can be foundhere.
About MWH Global
MWH Global is a solutions provider focused on water and natural resources for built infrastructure and the environment. Offering a full range of innovative, award-winning services from initial planning through construction and asset management, we partner with our clients in multiple industries. The company has nearly 8,000 employees in 35 countries spanning six continents. MWH is a private, employee-owned firm that began in 1820. For more information, visitwww.mwhglobal.com.