Commitment to Action

Resilient Coasts Initiative

Commitment by

Ceres, The Heinz Center

In 2008, Ceres and the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment committed to convene a diverse set of coastal stakeholders to craft a blueprint for strengthening the resilience of coastal communities in the United States. In April 2009, Resilient Coasts: A Blueprint for Action was endorsed by The Travelers Institute, The Nature Conservancy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Mayor of Charleston, S.C., and more than a dozen organizations representing coastal interests. The Blueprint's specific recommendations include:
-Improving science and decision support tools to enable planning for climate impacts;
-Requiring risk-based land use planning;
-Designing adaptable infrastructure and building code standards to meet future risk;
-Strengthening ecosystems as part of a risk mitigation strategy;
-Developing flexible adaptation plans;
-Maintaining a viable private property and casualty insurance market;
-Integrating climate change impacts into due diligence for investment and lending.
Since its release, the blueprint has been a focal point of national climate adaptation dialogue with national and regional decision makers seeking to manage increased coastal losses from natural disasters.





Resilient Coasts Initiative



Est. Duration

1 year

Estimated Total Value



Northern America


United States

Commitment by

Ceres, The Heinz Center

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

The Travelers Companies, Inc., Alcoa Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, American International Group, Inc. (AIG)