Celebrating Resiliency in New Orleans – A Video Notebook

"….spend time planning and building the right way so you can restore the city (after a disaster). And what has happened is companies like Swiss Re and Veolia have begun to partner with the government, creating public private partnerships, to help other cities understand really how to make this happen.” - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

As the long-term environmental partner to the city of New Orleans, Veolia remains committed to helping that city achieve its environmental, financial and social goals and objectives. We’re also on board to help the city achieve an aggressive and all-important resiliency strategy. In partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, Veolia teamed up with Swiss Re, the global insurance provider, to help New Orleans develop a roadmap as part of the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“What’s unique about the partnership between the city of New Orleans, the Sewerage and Water Board, Swiss Re and Veolia, is that you have the private sector and the public sector bringing their intelligence, bringing their capability, bringing their resources so that people can be happy and healthy and respond when difficult things happen in their life.” - New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu

A comprehensive resiliency strategy helps a city plan for and deal with future threats to infrastructure, notably water and energy infrastructure that are key and critical to keeping a community running during and after a disaster.

“(With Veolia) We’re now looking at various strategies that would look at how our power system can be more resilient, how our water system can be protected during the course of this so we can continue to survive during these events.”-Executive Director Cedric S. Grant

In September 2016, Veolia, Swiss Re, the city of New Orleans and the Rockefeller Foundation celebrated the first year of resiliency planning and talked about the importance of planning, the partnership and the benefits to the community.

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