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ACRE

The Alliance for a Climate Resilient Earth

The Alliance for a Climate Resilient Earth (ACRE) unites the strength of our member organizations through strategic communications and advocacy for an action agenda. ACRE is the collective voice for the alliance of member organizations in private industry, civil society, and academia. We create public private partnerships and encourage collaboration and innovation between our member organizations

Climate-related disasters, spurred on by rising emissions, are growing in frequency, severity, and scale, reaching ominous and unprecedented proportions around the world. Cities and countries are experiencing the devastating impacts of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, droughts, sea level rise, and extreme weather events. Lives, property, houses, infrastructure, ecosystems, and livelihoods are endangered. People are demanding actions to safeguard them from these rising risks. No leader in government or the private sector can afford to stand aloof from these threats and dangers. Epic disasters, damages, and losses will define the 21st century unless the world embraces the principles of climate resilience.

The challenge to build climate resilience is too large for any one organization, company, or government. It is a civilizational task. When brought together for a grand, common endeavor, the private sector, civil society, and academia have the capacity and global reach to mobilize the economic and organizational power, the financial might, and the stream of innovations and breakthroughs that are essential to build a climate resilient world. Through collaboration, synergies, and a shared sense of corporate and planetary responsibility, they can write the agenda for climate resilience. As ACRE member organizations, they represent the vanguard of a new era for climate action.

Since neither governments nor the private sector can win without helping each other, ACRE is dedicated to the public/ private partnership approach for climate diplomacy. When world leaders created the historic Sustainable Development Goals, they chose partnerships as the proven method for success. ACRE member organizations need the enabling power of governments and governments need the skills and capacities of ACRE member organizations. International cooperation, trust, and multilateralism can create partnerships that are genuine, durable, and far-seeing.

Board of Counselors

Stan Bronson

Julie Kae

Jan Hartke, Chairman

Chris Walker

Elise Zoli

 

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Areas of Focus

Climate resilience should be a top priority for the world, on par with mitigation, because it is the action agenda that underpins each of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. As the private sector and civil society advocate for climate resilience, ACRE will create working groups and partner with national governments, cities and states, and intergovernmental organizations to leverage support for vulnerable populations, showcase innovative projects, and build the future we want.

Infrastructure & Supply Chains

We are building the cities of the future now. It is imperative that infrastructure is built to last, sustainable, and resilient over the life cycle of every project in the built environment.

Finance & Investment

Capital needs to be mobilized on a scale never before seen to achieve the future we want. Only by focusing on investment, lending, finance and risk transfer gaps can we overcome the barriers to a climate resilient world.

Insurance & Reinsurance

Climate-related disasters are striking with unprecedented damages and losses. The past record is no longer a reliable guide to the destructive forces that are unleashed. Insurance and reinsurance will need to keep up with the new waves of uncertainty that rising emissions are causing.

Security & Culture of Preparedness

Scientists have warned of a cascade of disasters ranging from super hurricanes to epic floods, wildfires and droughts, sea level rise and extreme weather events. These threats and their fiscal impacts have become a matter of national security to every country in the world. Resilience must become part of a nation’s character.

Natural Infrastructure

The free ecological services that come from nature are often denigrated because they are not factored into the GDP. Just as engineers and developers need to build the hard infrastructure, the life support systems of the planet will need to be resilient and sustainably managed.

Energy

Global energy use is exploding, yet 1.2 billion people have no access to electricity. The disruptions caused by climate disasters can turn the lights out on modern civilization. Breakthroughs in science, advancements in technology, and investments in energy efficiency and grid reform will be needed as energy systems are transformed to meet resilience and sustainability standards.

Food & Agriculture

As much as 40% of the food in developing countries is wasted and acreage per person is diminishing. Improvements in storage, watershed stabilization, restoration of degraded land, and climate smart agriculture with digital platforms can build resilience into agricultural systems and feed a hungry world.

Water & Sanitation

Aquifers for irrigation are drying up, rivers are already burdened by pollution and overuse, rainfall is increasingly unreliable due to climate change, and water systems are often unable to capitalize on economies of scale. Water-stressed countries are proliferating. Integrating the principles of a circular economy and better water management are urgently needed.

Initiatives & Action

Innovative Infrastructure Standard for Sustainability and Resiliency

ACRE is working with engineering organizations to develop innovative criteria and rigorous standards for resilient and sustainable infrastructure that will withstand the climate-related and other convergent threats that are likely to occur over the life cycle of the projects.

Climate Diplomacy and Partnerships for Climate Resilience:

Governments at all levels are engaged in the climate challenge. In accordance with UN Sustainable Development Goals, ACRE will establish public/ private partnerships as its organizational approach.

Deployment of collaboration technology

To improve the ability of organizations to collaborate, ACRE is deploying SustainChain™, a software platform developed by the US Coalition on Sustainability for the SDGs. The platform uses artificial intelligence to match and support joint action across organizations. We are developing an enhanced version focused on resilience.

At the heart of the alliance is the absolute necessity for constant innovation to sweep across the full spectrum of climate resilience. The purpose of ACRE is not to build back to a fragile status quo, but to use the creativity of our member organizations to shift to a higher level of societal well-being.

Member Initiatives

Data Visualization for Climate Resiliency Progress

Qlik is a leading technology company providing data management software to over 50,000 global clients. Qlik is partnering with ACRE to drive best in class data measurement and knowledge-sharing across members and initiatives. Qlik and ACRE are developing a series of member tools and public dashboards to monitor and measure progress towards climate resiliency objectives and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Well Buildings

The demand for healthy, safe, climate resilient, green buildings are growing swiftly, particularly as the deaths from pandemics and the disasters of climate change touch the buildings where people work and live. Developers are increasingly finding it advantageous to build to a higher standard to protect people, property, and livelihoods.

Environment, Social, and Governance Standard in Industry

ACRE supports sustainable investing in infrastructure and other climate resilient portfolios, blended financing for multilateral development banks, and the adoption of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria as a standard practice across the institutional investors’ industry within five years. Risk/return profiles should be in line with long-term goals.

Climate-Resilient Agriculture

Food security depends on innovations in agriculture. Prevention of food waste through proper storage is step one. The digital platform that has revolutionized much of society and will be extended across the agricultural landscape needs to be introduced in a way that sustains small farmers, increases productivity, conserves water, integrates trees, and enriches the soil.

As the risks from climate change continue to grow, business leaders, financial institutions, and government policy makers need tools that can help them incorporate climate risk and its uncertainties into future planning decisions. By identifying key risk areas, the Climate Risk Vulnerability Index (CORVI) enables government policy makers, public and private investors, and the insurance industry to better understand the linkages and drive funding into areas of greatest concern.

Natural Infrastructure Integration

Nature-based solutions provide the indispensable foundation for our economic systems. Climate impacts on ecosystems are complex and varied, but the interlocking nature of these systems is best defined through the lens of ecological economics. Biodiversity, forests, coastal resources, air and water, and climate interactions are essential parts of any successful plan.

Membership

ACRE is a member-driven organization focused on delivering upon the goals of sustainable development and climate action. Through collaboration, synergies, and a shared sense of corporate and planetary responsibility, ACRE and its members will write the agenda for climate resilience. Members bring their individual efforts and global expertise to the ACRE organization and receive in return the value of a great global partnership in ACRE. We are stronger together.

AECOM

Alliance to Save Energy

Ambata Capital, LLC

American Renewable Energy Institute – AREI, Inc.

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Water Resources Association

Association of Energy Services Professionals

Bren School, University of California, Santa Barbara

Capital Markets Partnership

CDM Smith

Center for Climate Strategies

Chen Moore and Associates

Climate Resilience Consulting

Climate XChange

Columbia University

Conservation International

Crane Institute of Sustainability (Intentional Endowments Network)

curtin&heefner, llc

Earth Council

Eklund Hanlon LLC

Esri

Florida Earth Foundation

Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience

Forterra, Inc.

Fuqua School of Business, Duke University

GIST.Earth LLC

Global EverGreening Alliance

Global Green

GlobalWaterWorks

Grphne America LLC

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Innovator Capital Limited

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo

Integrative Health Policy Consortium

International WELL Building Institute

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

Johnson Controls

LIFE, Inc.

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University

Marsh & McLennan Companies

Miami-Dade County, FL Office of Resilience

Mott MacDonald

NASA-HQ

National Council for Science and the Environment

National Renewable Energy
Laboratory 
(NREL)

Natrx, Inc.

NTELX, Inc.

One Concern

One Water Academy

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

PopTech Institute

Prescient360 Group, LLC.

ProNatura International and Earth Capital

Qlik

RAND Gulf States Policy Institute

Sandia National Laboratory

SBG Technology Solutions, Inc.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy

Stantec

Stimson Center

Strategy of Things

Sustainable and Resilient Resources Roundtable

Sustainable Design Group

Synergetico Consulting

Ten Across, ASU

Terra Global Capital, LLC

The GPC Group

The Jahn Research Group

The Ohio State University

The Stella Group, Ltd.

The George Washington University GWU’s Environment & Energy Management Inst

The Urban Land Institute

The Water Council

Transportation Choices for Sustainable Communities Research and Policy Institute

United Nations Disaster Risk Reduction Private Sector Advisory Group ARISE / MD Sands Consulting Solutions LLC

University of Delaware

University of Hawaii

US DOE National Energy Technology Laboratory

Ventana Systems, Inc.

Water Foundry

Water Science Associates

Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) – The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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