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The need for urban resilience has never been more critical as cities worldwide confront a multitude of challenges.

Urban areas are hubs of economic activity, innovation, and cultural diversity, yet they are also increasingly susceptible to the impacts of climate change, natural disasters, and other stressors. As urban populations continue to grow, so do the risks associated with these vulnerabilities. Addressing these threats necessitates a multifaceted approach, including robust urban planning, sustainable infrastructure development, community engagement, and the integration of technology.

In addition, equity challenges in urban areas persist as disparities in access to essential resources and opportunities disproportionately affect marginalized communities, exacerbating social and economic inequalities. Issues such as unequal access to water services, green spaces, housing, and job opportunities often hinder the full potential and well-being of residents in urban environments.

CIS’s core work centers on urban resilience as a key to addressing climate threats effectively.

It involves assisting a city’s capacity to withstand, recover, adapt, and transform in the face of disruptions while improving the well-being of its residents. By prioritizing urban resilience, cities can safeguard the safety, prosperity, and overall quality of life for their residents, ultimately ensuring a sustainable and resilient urban future.

We also believe and work to invest in workforce training through infrastructure projects which is an essential driver of economic growth and development for a society. The programs we lead not only create job opportunities but also equip local residents with valuable skills that can lead to higher-paying and sustainable careers, ultimately enhancing individual livelihoods and the community’s overall quality of life.

Community-Based Partnerships

Over the last decade, CIS has emerged as a national leader in the development and implementation of public infrastructure solutions via community-based partnerships (CBPs). CBPs focus upon improving the environmental, economic, and social condition of the nation’s infrastructure through solutions that drive local economic inclusion and equity, reduction of public risk, and increased community investment and buy-in.


Advisory Services

CIS further offers nationally recognized advisory/research expertise and policy/planning services on topics including:

  • Nature-based solutions
  • One Water solutions
  • Climate resilience
  • Water resources
  • Urban reforestation
  • Water infrastructure delivery and finance
  • Community engagement
  • Equity and environmental justice
  • Water affordability