America Sustainable and Resilient Communities Awards

From the growing impact of climate change and lack of engaged citizens to housing affordability and community health, municipal governments are facing some of this country’s toughest challenges. On the frontlines of resilient and sustainable development, municipalities act as laboratories for emerging better practices. By convening a leading organization in a collaborative dialog on emerging better practices across multiple sectors, ASARCA will discuss, share, and celebrate the world-changing work happening across continents.

We will use the top applicants as case studies to be shared in our online library of emerging better practices focused on sustainable and resilient community initiatives. A significant part of our work is focused on identifying and celebrating exemplary communities that embrace continuous improvement for sustainability and resiliency in four categories: civil engagement, community health, built environment and management of natural resources.

What is resiliency? It is defined as a measure of the sustained ability of a community to utilize available resources to respond to, withstand, and recover from adverse situations the capacity of an individual, community or system to adapt and sustain an acceptable level of function, structure, and identity.

What is a sustainable community? A sustainable community is economically, environmentally, and socially healthy and resilient. It meets challenges through integrated solutions rather than through fragmented approaches that meet one of those goals at the expense of the others. And it takes a long-term perspective - one that's focused on both the present and future, well beyond the next budget or election cycle.

Our focus is lifting good works performed across the continent, highlighting municipalities and organizations that are leading the way. Once a year we gather key stakeholders; academics, municipal officials and social impact investors and entrepreneurs for workshops, conversations, and networking among elite sustainability professionals. Our annual award recognizes emerging better practices in the following categories:
  • Community Health
  • Built Environment
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Civic Engagement

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If this is of interest to you, we would like to find a time to discuss in greater detail. To learn more click here.

Thank you,
Jon Comola, Founder