Resilient infrastructure diversity and equity scorecard
On 4 November 2021, the Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities) introduced the resilient infrastructure diversity and equity scorecard (RIDE scorecard). The tool was developed to provide a framework for assessing resilient infrastructure projects according to key criteria for social and racial equity, the creation of green jobs and climate readiness.
The RIDE scorecard has been created to help provide a transparent and fair methodology for evaluating the equity of proposed projects. It is structured in such a way that allows for flexibility and adaptation according to an individual community's economic and geographic priorities with scoring criteria that can be weighted.
The RIDE scorecard aims to help cities reimagine what is meant by climate-ready infrastructure. It places social and racial equity on the same level as the evaluation of traditional structural design elements and financial feasibility. It prioritises projects that embed equity into project design early in the process.
 Development of the RIDE scorecard
The organisation brings together knowledge, practice, partnerships and funding to empower cities to help them build a safe, equitable and sustainable future for all. The R-Cities Network integrates the combined effort of urban practitioners, city governments and communities to deliver urban, impact driven resilience solutions.
R-Cities worked in partnership with global engineering and sustainability consultancy Wood to develop the RIDE scorecard. The process included reviewing a worldwide pipeline of city projects in areas of energy and transportation looking specifically at each project's stated priorities for addressing equity and contributions to the green jobs sector. It also examined factors to increase resilience to a changing climate.
R-Cities and Wood structured the methodology behind the scorecard to be flexible, responsive and adaptive to work in a variety of contexts around the world, including advanced economies, emerging markets and under invested places. An individual local authority can build upon the scorecard and tailor it to meet the nuances of their specific project environment.
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- Community planning.
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- Economic development and construction.
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- Stakeholders in development projects.
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