Office of Mayor William Peduto
Statement by Mayor William Peduto on Pittsburgh Joining Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Network

PITTSBURGH, PA (Dec. 4, 2014) Mayor William Peduto made the following statement today about Pittsburgh being named a new member of the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Network. He was joined at an event marking the award by the city’s Innovation & Performance Chief Debra Lam and Sustainability Manager Grant Ervin.

(Remarks as prepared for delivery.)

“I'd like to thank our team for pulling this successful application together. It is a demonstration of what Pittsburgh is all about: recognizing our challenges, setting forth to work together to solve problems and leveraging our collective efforts.

When we are talking about resilience, we are talking about how we build a stronger, enduring city. There is an essential connection between sustainability, or how we create systems that last, with resilience, or how we create systems that adapt and strengthen over time.

We are proud to be at the vanguard of cities that recognize the challenges of urbanization, globalization and climate change cannot be addressed by sitting back, but rather taking the lead. These challenges represent opportunities to create stronger, innovative and more competitive places.

As part of 100RC we are part of a diverse global network of places that will learn from one another and help advance cities into the future. We look forward to this journey, the opportunities that it presents and the ability to showcase and share the talent and the story that is Pittsburgh's future.”

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