What Is Climate Resilience?
Climate resiliency is the capacity of a community, business, or natural environment to prevent, withstand, respond to, and recover from disruptions caused by climate change. In addition to preventing the worst impacts of climate change, it is important to adapt to already present impacts. These impacts include flooding, more frequent and intense storms, extreme heat, saltwater intrusion, changes to agriculture, and more. Climate resilience efforts save lives, reduce poverty, address underlying inequalities and deliver strong economic returns.
What is the Office of Resilience?
The Office of Resilience (OOR) works to ensure that Palm Beach County remains a great place to live, work, and play while addressing the physical, social, and economic challenges of a changing climate. OOR helps the County continue to provide the services upon which residents, businesses, and visitors rely while facilitating opportunities for all people and businesses to thrive, adapt to climate change, and live and operate more sustainably.
As climate change effects will impact human and natural environments, it becomes increasingly important for Palm Beach County to adapt to climate change, mitigate climate change impacts, develop sustainably, and thereby reduce resident, business, and natural resource vulnerability. Palm Beach County is at the forefront of local government planning for resilience and climate change adaptation.