Local governments are facing unprecedented new challenges today. Issues confronting communities include climate change, societal inequity, aging infrastructure, and so much more. Today’s leaders are tasked with addressing monumental challenges and have limited budgets and resources to do so.
Like many cities worldwide, the City of Pittsburgh has already begun to experience the effects of climate change with harsher winters, hotter summers, record-setting precipitation, leading to frequent and destructive landslides, and increased numbers of invasive species. At the local government level, resources and opportunities exist to prepare for the impacts of climate change, but they must be reviewed, prioritized, and put into action.