El Paso, TX

El Paso, TX

El Paso has been a member of the Cities of Service coalition since 2015, when Mayor Oscar Leeser signed the Declaration of Service and committed to implementing impact volunteering initiatives. Under the mayor’s leadership and the project team’s hard work, El Paso is leveraging volunteers to make a real impact in improving resilience.

El Paso is one of the ten cities to take part in the Resilience AmeriCorps program. The city will receive human capital, financial, and technical support to develop environmental and social resilience in low-income communities.

To learn more about the great work taking place in El Paso, visit elpasotexas.gov or follow the city at @ElPasoTXGov.

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Resilience AmeriCorps

El Paso has identified flooding from intense storms and extreme temperatures as the two greatest environmental threats facing the city. There are a number of stressors that magnify these threats: a decreasing water supply and increasing population, a large amount of grey infrastructure that channels storm water instead of absorbing it, a vulnerable low-income population, and an unbalanced economy.

The City of El Paso will aim to tackle these problems with impact volunteering projects through participation in the Resilience AmeriCorps program. Some strategies may include strengthening grass roots community networks, enhancing communication and collaboration between regional partners, improving both physical and social infrastructure, and diversifying the regional economy.

Learn more about the El Paso Office of Resilience and Sustainability on Twitter, Facebook, and their website.

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