Arsht-Rock builds individual and community resilience in the face of climate impacts.

The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock) is driven to action by the critical need to address the widespread and intensifying consequences of climate change and related risks — threatening our communities, natural ecosystems, economic development, and political stability. We pledge to reach one billion people around the world with resilience solutions to climate change by 2030.

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The US Climate Resilience Map: Pathways for City Solutions is a publicly available, interactive map that strives to build the resilience of people and communities across the United States through the clear identification of climate risks and social vulnerabilities, and the corresponding solutions to address them.

Resilience in Action

Arsht-Rock is developing and deploying innovative policy, financial, technological, and educational solutions—fostering new knowledge, new skills, and new layers of protection that enable success in local and global climate adaptation efforts while bolstering resilience for the most vulnerable among us.

Explore this section to learn more about Arsht-Rock’s impact in building resilience through new knowledge, skills, and added layers of protection against climate change.

How we measure our impact

We have identified examples of evidence-based actions that, with the collaboration of our team of experts, global network of partners, and policymakers at all levels, will help us reach one billion people by 2030. 

We measure our success through lives improved. The “additionality” that our work provides, which we define as new knowledge, skills, or an added layer of protection against climate change, is permanent or semi-permanent. 

Our work

What we do

Building a more resilient world is not just a necessity or a moral imperative—it is an opportunity to enable individuals, communities, and institutions to prepare for, navigate, and recover from climate risks, both expected and those not yet imagined.  Arsht-Rock is deploying innovative policy, financial, technological, and educational solutions that enable success in local and global climate adaptation efforts while bolstering resilience for the most vulnerable among us.

Extreme Heat

Extreme heat kills more people per year than any other climate disaster and negatively affects nearly every human activity and society worldwide. The magnitude of the danger cannot be overstated and the number of people exposed to extreme heat only rises as the world urbanizes. Arsht-Rock brings together deep expertise to mobilize innovative and replicable solutions to build resilience to extreme heat, protecting and improving the lives of millions of people.

Discover how Arsht-Rock builds extreme heat resilience

Gaming Technology

With an increasing urgency to address the impacts of climate change, we need innovative solutions addressing the impacts of climate change to reach many people at once, as soon as possible, equipping them with the tools to build resilient communities.  Arsht-Rock will use gaming technologies to educate and equip players of all ages with the right skills to protect themselves and their community from climate change—increasing their resilience.

Discover how Arsht-Rock builds climate resilience through gaming

Innovative Policy and Finance

Inaction on climate change is not always the absence of action but the lack of informed, purposeful, and effective action.  Policy and finance solutions to the climate challenge require an understanding of the conditions and anticipating the needs of decision-makers, communities, and individuals. Arsht-Rock is deploying impactful and sustainable solutions by putting policy into action and paving the way for new climate resilience finance and innovative insurance approaches for people, cities, and countries. 

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Individual and Community Resilience

Living in inadequate housing, in flood-prone areas, or through extreme heat events without proper access to food, water and cooling are only some of the norms vulnerable groups are enduring today. At the same time, nearly 1 billion people are forcibly displaced and migrating within their regions or across the globe—driven by climate-related disasters, conflict, famine, or poverty. Arsht-Rock is enhancing the welfare and wellbeing of individuals and communities by empowering them to understand, withstand, adapt to, and recover from adversity.

Discover how Arsht-Rock creates enabling conditions for individual and community resilience

Employment opportunities with the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center.

Our team & experts

Content

Press Release

Oct 18, 2021

Seville Mayor Juan Espadas announces heatwave naming and categorization initiative

The announcement comes as several European cities endorse focused action on extreme heat and the protection of vulnerable people, launched by the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center’s City Champions for Heat Action initiative

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

The Big Story

Aug 31, 2021

Heat is killing us—and the economy too

By Kathy Baughman McLeod

Most people know the knock-on effects of global warming by now: rising sea levels, mass extinction of plants and wildlife, worsening floods, fires, and hurricanes. But heat itself is too often overlooked as a destructive force in its own right.

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

Report

Aug 31, 2021

Extreme heat: The economic and social consequences for the United States

By Adrienne Arsht – Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center

A new report produced by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center with analysis conducted by Vivid Economics—quantifies the impacts of heat under current and future conditions.

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

In the News

Aug 25, 2021

Kathy Baughman McLeod quoted in The New York Times on the effort to name heatwaves

Heat waves are "quietly, perniciously killing more people than any other climate-driven hazard," says Kathy Baughman McLeod in The New York Times.

Resilience Resilience & Society

Fast Thinking

Aug 9, 2021

FAST THINKING: What the UN climate report didn’t say

By Atlantic Council

The report maps a path to avert planetary catastrophe if humans completely stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by 2050. But is that even possible?

Climate Change & Climate Action Energy & Environment

Press Release

Jul 23, 2021

Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis announces Europe’s first Chief Heat Officer

The announcement comes as several European cities endorse focused action on extreme heat and the protection of vulnerable people, launched by the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center’s City Champions for Heat Action initiative

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience

EnergySource

Apr 19, 2021

Rapid response: Secretary Blinken’s April speech on climate

By Kathy Baughman McLeod, Randolph Bell, Reed Blakemore, Margaret Jackson

On April 19, 2021, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken delivered a keynote address on climate action in advance of President Biden's Earth Day Leaders Summit on Climate. Experts from the Atlantic Council evaluate what his comments portend for future executive action on climate and clean energy policy.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Press Release

Feb 25, 2021

Atlantic Council Launches “Stories of Human Resilience” with Anna Deavere Smith

Six-part series captures the essence of resilience through inspirational stories of overcoming extraordinary challenges. Washington, DC –– February 25, 2021 –– The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center (Arsht-Rock) today launched Stories of Human Resilience – a groundbreaking video project with Emmy and Pulitzer Prize nominated playwright, actress, author, journalist, and educator Anna Deavere […]

Resilience

ACFrontPage

Jan 28, 2021

Smithsonian’s Lonnie Bunch: ‘We’re still in the midst of a fundamental debate over what America is’

By Larry Luxner

“The role of a museum is not just to look back, but to collect today for tomorrow,” Lonnie G. Bunch said during an Atlantic Council Front Page virtual conversation with Dr. Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian’s distinguished scholar and ambassador-at-large.

Civil Society Resilience

Press Release

Jan 14, 2021

Press Release: Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center receives $1.1M award from Rebuild Florida

Press Release: The Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center receives $1.1M award from Rebuild Florida for Resilience Hubs

Climate Change & Climate Action Resilience