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The Municipality of Milan is the local public authority responsible for delivering a large number of services across the city (education, social services, economic development). In recent years the City Government and the City Council have adopted several decisions to tackle climate change at an urban scale. The city administration is part of the 100 Resilient Cities, C40, Eurocities; it is leading the Milan “Urban Food Policy Pact Secretariat”, is one of the signatories of the Global Compact of Mayors and is now defining the “Air and Climate Plan” for a better and healthier city with horizon 2050. All these initiatives aim to increase the capacity of the city to become more sustainable, resilient, smart and circular at the local scale.

In 2015 the city of Milan joined the 100 Resilient Cities network, founded in 2013 by the Rockefeller Foundation, with the aim to help cities around the world to become more resilient to the physical, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century. Two years later, in December 2017, the City Resilience Department of Milan Municipality was officially inaugurated. The role of Milan Resilience Department is to implement strategies and plans that will redirect the city towards a future in which citizens and economies can thrive in a resilient, green and innovative atmosphere. During the first year, the Chief Resilient Officer and his team had hardly worked, together with citizens and local stakeholders, to understand the current and perceived challenges faced by the city in terms of “shocks” and “stress”, particularly connected with climate change thematic.


From this point of departure, the city resilient department has identified thematic areas in which action plans and strategies will be defined for future steps. From the release on December 2018 of the Preliminary Resilience Assessment -PRA- of the City of Milan, the Department worked constantly to enhance the efforts of the Municipality to take part in projects and actions involving the socio-economic-environmental sphere of urban resilience. Today are more than thirty the initiatives in which the Resilience Department is involved, collected in three main research areas: Procedures and Services; Spaces and Infrastructure; Communities and Population. CDM is also currently drafting the first integrated Air&Climate Action Plan to individuate priority measures for air quality. Milan’s integrated approach focuses on identifying main local risks (such as heat-islands, extreme storm water events, floodings) and transforming them into urban regeneration opportunities: in order to contrast the city’s heat-island effect and to face the air pollution emergency, it has been adopted an Urban Forestation program and a policy of gradual soil de-sealing. The main targets are adaptation and mitigation measures and procedures, GHG reduction, environmental education and knowledge, reachable through a multi-level and multidisciplinary approach and with the constant exchange with national and international research organizations and groups


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Piero Pelizzaro

Chief Resilience Officer of the City Resilience Department of the Municipality of Milan.

He has ten years of experience in the field or climate change policies and of urban resilience planning. He is also a consultant for the Italian Ministry of Environment, Soil and Sea with regards to policies of urban adaptation to climate change. He has been City Lead for Horizon 2020 Lighthouse Project “Sharing Cities” for the Municipality of Milan. From 2015 to 2017 he has worked as researcher for the University of Venice (IUAV) and as professor, teaching Macroeconomics and Microeconomics at the Military Naval School of Venice and working at the Faculty of Environmental Economics at the University of Turin.

He co-funded Climalia, in the role of resilience expert, worked at the Kyoto Club as leader of the Unit for International Cooperation, and wrote several articles on global climate change.

He worked at the European Commission’s Work Group “Mayors Adapt Practitioners”, at the Working Group on FiRe 2016’s implementation, at the Advisory Board for urban resilience and at the evaluation committee of Climate KIC.

Ilaria Giuliani

Municipality of Milan Deputy Chief Resilience Officer.

She is co-leading, together with the CRO Piero Pelizzaro, the City Resilience Department. Specifically she is in charge for the development of the Resilience Strategy for the City of Milan, that covers themes going from urban forestation to access for young citizens to education and job opportunities, from circular economy to quality and safety of public spaces.

 Before joining the City Resilience Department, she worked as a teaching assistant in urban planning for universities such as the Politecnico di Milano and as a research activities project manager for cultural foundations such as Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli. She also worked as advisory staff for the Urban Planning Deptuy Major, leading the development of urban transformations projects and focusing on the coordination of EU projects. She holds a degree in Architecture (IUAV University of Venice) and master degree and PhD in Urban Planning and Territorial Policies (Politecnico di Milano).