Advancing Community Resilience: Where Are We?


Every decision has ripple effects. The changing nature of climate risk, unpredictable and complex health-related vulnerabilities create a new urgency for solutions that advance whole-community resilience. In forging greater resilience, the critical task is to marshal our collective know-how to grow local capacity to recover and ensure future sustainability in the places we live. Where are we? And, what can we learn from national and local efforts that invest in resilience? To have impact, resilience must move beyond emergency managers and become embedded in the planning and decision-making of all professionals impacting a community. This session will focus on actions and tools that implement holistic resilience strategies including proactive examples of steps to improve the long-term quality of life for residents and thinking beyond business-as-usual:  Resilience leadership locally from the City’s Office of Climate Change and KCC’s Center for Neighborhood Resilience (CERENE) to nationally with Community Resilience Benchmarks and Resilience21!

Track: ‘ELIMA – 5 | Government, Codes & Public Policy

Session #: 5A

Date: January 26, 2022

Time: 7:45am – 8:45am

Location: 316B

AIA CEUs: 1.0 (LU/HSW)


Matthew Gonser, AICP, CFM
Chief Resilience Officer, Executive Director Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, City and County of Honolulu
Dr. Robert Franco
Director for Institutional Effectiveness, Kapiolani Community College
Laurie Schoeman
National Director of Resilience and Disaster Recovery, Enterprise Community Partners


Ramona Mullahey
Senior Analyst, Field Policy & Management, HUD Honolulu Field Office
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