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Nearly 200 Years—Learn More About Norwich

Building Resilient Communities through Interdisciplinary Research and Design Collaboration

Tara Kulkarni, PhD, PE

What is resilience?

We at CGRS believe that resilience is about people. It is about ensuring that people will always have a reliable source of clean water and food, uninterrupted energy, and a home and workplace that doesn’t wash away, regardless of the changes in climate. This security is key to a society’s overall well-being and happiness. We believe that complex global challenges can only be solved by teams of creative and innovative problem solvers and decision makers. That’s who we are.

About the Dog River

A major tributary of the Winooski River, the Dog originates in Roxbury, Vt., and flows north approximately 20 miles, through the towns of Northfield and Berlin, before entering the Winooski River in the Vermont capital city of Montpelier. The Dog River drains an area of 94 square miles, and its major tributaries include Felchner Brook, Bull Run, Stony Brook, Sunny Brook, Union Brook, Cox Brook, and Chase Brook. The river is an important cold-water fishery resource that supports population of wild trout including brook, brown, and rainbow trout. Since 2000, the densities of fish have fluctuated, partly due to impacts from Tropical Storm (TS) Irene, and the river’s “Test Waters” designation was extended through 2018 to investigate this concern as the Dog River is not on the state’s list of impaired waters.

How do we define ES?

It is an evolving definition, but here are some ideas we are considering:

  • ES is protection of (critical) environmental assets
  • ES relates to terrorism, degradation, managing risks and remediation, cultural assets
  • ES is protection of elements against risk of contamination or acts of terror
  • Important to consider the integrity of assets

What are we doing?

CGRS joined the Energy Action Network and is at the table with other leaders that are part of EAN’s Vermont’s Energy Futures Initiative.

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