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Climate & Resilience Metrics

Resilient Houston

Resilient Houston, the City of Houston’s resilience strategy, links existing efforts with new ones that will collectively work to protect Houston against future disasters—from hurricanes to extreme heat waves—and chronic stresses such as aging infrastructure, poor air quality, and flooding.

Resilient Houston sets 18 high-level targets across 5 scales. The following section shows the city’s progress in 2021 on each of the targets. Click on a target to read more information.

PREPARED & THRIVING HOUSTONIANS

Making Houston more resilient begins with supporting Houstonians with tools and resources to be resilient as individuals. Our collective resilience improves when all Houstonians have the capacity to prepare for and adapt to an increasingly uncertain future, have access to employment and wealth-building opportunities, and enjoy a safe and healthy quality of life.

15%

Target 1 — Provide at least 500,000 Houstonians with preparedness training by 2025
2021 Activity — 67,252 interactions (i.e. training, presentations, educational materials, etc.)
Ongoing, Impacted by COVID-19

27%

Target 2 — Offer 20,000 Hire Houston Youth Summer Jobs in 2020
2021 Activity — 3,503 jobs provided through Hire Houston Youth
Ongoing, Impacted by COVID-19

Target 3 — Ensure zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Houston streets by 2030
2021 Activity — 315 Fatalities, 1,442 Serious Injuries
Ongoing, but trending away from target

SAFE & EQUITABLE NEIGHBORHOODS

Each of Houston’s 88 super neighborhoods has different resilience priorities, including flooding, air quality, displacement, and mobility. These challenges are best addressed by developing and implementing place-based solutions at the neighborhood scale.

20%

Target 4 — Develop 50 neighborhood plans by 2030
2021 Activity — 1 neighborhood plan developed (10 were created in 2020, 1 in 2021)
Ongoing

100%

Target 5 — Invest $5 million in local artists to create resilience awareness projects across the city by 2025
2021 Activity — $45,000 awarded in 5 grants ($5 million awarded in 2020 and $5.6 million awarded in 2021 through COVID-19 relief efforts)
Ongoing

26%

Target 6 — Plant 4.6 million new native trees by 2030
2021 Activity — 496,465 trees planted
Ongoing

HEALTHY & CONNECTED BAYOUS

Living safely with water and embracing the role of bayous as Houston’s front yard are essential to improving physical, environmental, and economic resilience.

1%

Target 8 — Remove all habitable structures from the floodway by 2030
2021 Activity — 81 structures removed from the floodway
Ongoing

87%

Target 9 — Construct at least 500 miles of trails and bike lanes by 2025
2021 Activity — 92 miles of high-comfort bike facilities built
Ongoing

ACCESSIBLE & ADAPTIVE CITY

The City of Houston will lead by example to further embed climate readiness, equity, inclusion and resilience into all City policies and practices.

4%

Target 10 — Achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 in accordance with the Paris Agreement
2021 Activity — 33,282,200 metric tonnes CO2e in 2019
Ongoing

70%

Target 11 — Complete 100 new green stormwater infrastructure projects by 2025
2021 Activity — 40 green stormwater infrastructure projects
Ongoing

Target 12 — Eliminate geographic disparities in life expectancy by 2050
2021 Activity — 24 year disparity in life expectancy gap
Ongoing

INNOVATIVE & INTEGRATED REGION

By taking a regional approach to building resilience, we can extend the benefits of resilience planning to more communities while including additional partners who increase our capacity to meet these goals.

100%

Target 13 — Appoint resilience officers in every City of Houston department in 2020
2021 Activity — 24 departmental resilience officers appointed
Complete

100%

Target 14 — Attract or incubate 50 Energy 2.0 companies in Greater Houston by 2025
2021 Activity — 30 Energy 2.0 companies either relocated or started-up
Complete

15%

Target 16 — Conserve 24% of undeveloped regional lands as natural spaces by 2040
2021 Activity — 14.7% of undeveloped regional lands preserved
Ongoing

10%

Target 17 — Ensure that 100% of Houstonians and visitors have access to accurate, real-time emergency alerting by 2030
2021 Activity — 10% of Houstonians (22,266) are registered in Alert Houston
Ongoing

Climate Action Plan

A Climate Action Plan provides evidenced-based measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and preventative measures to address the negative outcomes of climate change. Houston’s Climate Action Plan will demonstrate how the City will adapt and improve its resilience to climate hazards that impact the city today as well as risks that may increase in the coming years. The CAP was developed as a companion document to Resilient Houston.

The plan is organized into four focus areas: Transportation, Energy Transition, Building Optimization, and Materials Management.

TRANSPORTATION

11%

Target 1 — Convert non-emergency, light-duty municipal fleet to 100% EV by 2030
2021 Activity — 11% of the city's municipal fleet are electric vehicles (EVs)
Ongoing

Target 2 — Reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) per capita 20% by 2050
2021 Activity — 18,980 per capita vehicle miles traveled (VMT)
Ongoing, but trending away from target

Target 3 — Ensure zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Houston streets by 2030
2021 Activity — 315 Fatalities, 1,442 Serious Injuries
Ongoing, but trending away from target

ENERGY TRANSITION

<1%

Target 4 — 5 million MWh local solar per year by 2050
2021 Activity — 32,080 MWh solar produced
Ongoing

100%

Target 5 — Attract or incubate 50 Energy 2.0 companies in Greater Houston by 2025
2021 Activity — 30 Energy 2.0 companies either relocated or started-up
Complete

26%

Target 6 — Plant 4.6 million new native trees by 2030
2021 Activity — 496,465 trees planted
Ongoing

BUILDING OPTIMIZATION

Target 7 — Adopt the 2021 ICC model building code by 2025
2021 Activity — 2015 ICC model building code was adopted in 2021, along with 2020 Energy code
Ongoing

Target 9 — 70% of non-residential buildings operated by trained building operator by 2030
2021 Activity — Measurement of trainings in 2021 were not captured because of COVID-19 delays
Ongoing

MATERIALS MANAGEMENT

Target 10 — Reduce residential waste 50% by 2040
2021 Activity — Residential waste increased 7% to 768,940 tons
Ongoing, but trending away from target

3.5%

Target 11 — Convert municipal solid waste fleet to low-emission vehicles by 2030
2021 Activity — 3.5% of the municipal waste solid waste fleet are low emissions vehicles
Ongoing


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