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Picking Your Pathway to Community Sustainable Resilience

This section of the website corresponds with Step 3 of the 5 Steps to Sustainable Resilience. Tennessee communities often take one or more of the following approaches to pursue sustainable resilience at the community or regional level. Click on a pathway below to learn more and access resources.

  • Recognition and Rating: this broad-based approach utilizes a formal recognition and rating system to perform a more comprehensive baseline and to provide comprehensive recommendations for next steps toward sustainable resilience across many sectors of community life. This pathway is best suited to communities looking for a comprehensive approach to sustainable resilience or to unify existing sustainability and resilience efforts.
  • Leading by Example: local governments can lead by example by identifying opportunities to change operations and governance to support sustainable resilience in policy, practice, regulation, and legislation. This pathway is particularly valuable as an introduction to sustainable resilience and a way to jump start cost-savings and promote  sustainable resilience more broadly in the community.
  • Risk-Management, Resilience, and Emergency Preparedness: FEMA reports that every dollar spent in preparation and mitigation of disasters saves a community an average of four dollars after a disaster.  Tennessee communities are required to develop a hazard mitigation plan, submitted to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA), in order to qualify for many types of funding. For many communities,  risk-management, hazard mitigation, and emergency preparedness are a natural entry point for sustainable resilience. This pathway is best suited for communities looking to address sustainable resilience through  a hazard mitigation and emergency preparedness approach.
  • Community Stakeholder or Topic-Driven: this path addresses specific areas of community stakeholder concern through changes to policy, operation, and legislation catalyzing in action to support sustainable resilience for all residents. This pathway is best suited to communities with engaged stakeholders who are committed to supporting community change.



Jennifer Tribble



Kendra Abkowitz