Building Resilience Across City Operations
In 2020, the City of Nashville and Davidson County (Metro) endured multiple disasters, including an EF3 tornado in early March, a derecho in May, and the Christmas Day bombing. All of this occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic, which had immediate negative effects on the Metro’s economy and public health. For... Read more
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Energy, Equity, & Climate Agenda
In 2021, U.S. cities experienced twenty natural disasters that caused more than $1 billion in damage each. Man-made disasters (e.g., terrorism, power outages, cyber-attacks) also inflict severe damage. The City of Atlanta is working to mitigate climate change and build residents’ resilience through a variety of pathways, with an emphasis... Read more
Sustainable Land Use In Cemeteries
Durham’s segregated past resulted in the creation of two public cemeteries: Maplewood (historically white with identified Confederate graves) and Beechwood (historically Black). Beechwood is running out of space; with limited availability for traditional burials. Given the history of segregation and the generations of families that are already buried in Beechwood,... Read more
Safeguarding Transgender Rights and Resources
Data from the UCLA School of Law- Williams Institute estimates that 57,200 people in the state of Georgia - or 0.67% of the state’s population - identify as transgender and transgender gender non-conforming, making it home to the thirteenth largest population of transgender people in the country as a percentage... Read more
Utilizing Data to Advance Equity in Education
In 2020, the Atlanta Board of Education and Atlanta Public Schools (APS) launched an ambitious strategic plan that places equity at the forefront of their work. The We are APS, Building on Our Legacy plan outlines equity commitments and provides a framework for staff to address education equity in specific... Read more