...in thinking

Resilience Engineered

Three films to demystify resilience, funded by The Resilience Shift, developed in collaboration with the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge.

Summary for Urban Policymakers

A summary for urban policymakers, presenting the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessments in targeted summaries that can help inform action at the city scale.

Resilient Leadership

Real-time learning from the Covid crisis was captured over 16 weeks of interviews with senior leaders, providing insights into what makes resilient leadership, and how to lead for resilience.

...in practice

Infrastructure Pathways

A resource for practitioners in search of clear, easy-to-navigate guidance on climate-resilient infrastructure, compiled from hundreds of leading resources, and organized by lifecycle phase.


Diagram of a working port


A multi-stakeholder, whole-systems approach is needed for ports to become low carbon resilient gateways to growth, as a meeting point of critical infrastructure systems, cities and services.


Resilience Realized

The Resilience Realized Awards recognise projects around the world at the cutting edge of resilience.

City Water Resilience Approach

CWI Wheel diagram


Download the step by step methodology to help cities collaboratively build resilience to local water challenges, mapped with the OurWater online governance tool, as used by cities around the world.

ICSI publishes landscape analysis of resources for sustainable and resilient infrastructure

We are proud to share this new paper published by the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure (ICSI): A Review of the Landscape of Guidance, Tools and Standards for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure. This paper is an output of the Guidance, Tools and Standards Action Track.

Guidance, tools and standards play a key role in the development of sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Stakeholders across the infrastructure lifecycle need them to better plan, finance, design, deliver, and operate and maintain their infrastructure assets and systems.

This paper set out to understand what resources already exist and where key gaps are, how what exists can be better utilised or promoted and what actions should be taken to close the identified gaps. The catalogue of existing guidance, tools and standards for sustainable and resilient infrastructure used for the landscape analysis was crowdsourced from ICSI members.

Four key gaps have  been identified:

  • Line of sight for sustainability and resilience across the infrastructure lifecycle
  • Support in the early stages of the infrastructure lifecycle
  • Procurement practices to implement sustainable and resilient infrastructure
  • Integration of sustainability and resilience into infrastructure operation and maintenance

As an engineering-led and action-oriented coalition with deep knowledge of sustainability, resilience and infrastructure development, ICSI plays a valuable role in supporting the users/recipients of guidance, tools and standards through targeted steps to accelerate uptake of sustainable and resilient practices for infrastructure.

Going forward, the ICSI Action Tracks will implement tangible and feasible actions toward filling the identified gaps. These include:

  • Providing clear, actionable and consistent guidance across the infrastructure lifecycle
  • Developing a common set of indicators for sustainable and resilient infrastructure
  • Providing support at the early stages of project development
  • Accelerating uptake of sustainable and resilient procurement
  • Increasing awareness of available guidance, tools and standards

This paper serves as a foundational resource for future work undertaken by ICSI and we look forward to working with ICSI and other stakeholders across the infrastructure lifecycle to address the identified gaps through action.

Read the full paper here.

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