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Rockefeller's Climate Resilience Program Said to Be in Jeopardy

  • Charitable foundation expected to end ‘100 Resilient Cities’
  • Shift could affect New York, Boston, Miami, Seattle, Houston
A police officer looks towards vehicles submerged in water in the Financial District of New York on Oct. 30, 2012.
A police officer looks towards vehicles submerged in water in the Financial District of New York on Oct. 30, 2012.

Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

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The Rockefeller Foundation intends to disband its 100 Resilient Cities initiative, the largest privately funded climate-adaptation program in the U.S., according to people familiar with the foundation’s plans.

The program was started by Rockefeller in 2013 to help U.S. cities -- including Boston, Miami, New York and Los Angeles -- as well as cities overseas prepare for threats related to climate change. Rockefeller plans to close the organization’s offices and dismiss its staff of almost 100 as soon as this summer, said the people, who asked to be anonymous because they weren’t authorized to discuss the move.