Recent headlines bring attention to the challenges of global warming and sea-level rise. According to NASA analysis, the global average surface temperature rose between 1.1 and 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit in the period from 1906 to 2005 . As a result, a corresponding rise in sea-levels threatens coastal communities and ecosystems. Here in South Florida, the Unified Sea Level Rise projection estimates between 14 to 34 inches of sea level rise in 2060 and 31-81 inches of sea level rise by 2100 .
Our communities are already seeing the impacts of climate change, and city administrators and elected officials face the task of leading their stakeholders through adaptation and mitigation strategies. But where can city leaders begin? The following four steps start the journey towards building community resiliency:
1) Know your community- Each community is unique, and understanding your communities’ specific areas of vulnerability is important to guide the planning.
2) Plan and Prioritize- Once you know your community vulnerabilities, prioritize the City resiliency projects.
3) Fund the plan- Having determined the road map, work on the funding strategy with community stakeholders.
4) Communicate- Perhaps the most important action is to actively communicate throughout the process.
The best time to build a sustainable and resilient community for our children is now.
 “Global Warming,” NASA Earth Observatory, https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/features/GlobalWarming/page1.php, accessed on 10/01/2019.
 “Unified Sea Level Rise Projection – Southeast Florida,” Sea Level Rise Work Group, http://www.southeastfloridaclimatecompact.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/2015-Compact-Unified-Sea-Level-Rise-Projection.pdf, accessed on 10/01/2019.
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Carmen Olazabal, MBA, PE. Founder of 4City Consulting.