Resilient Vermont Network

CGRS Activities

Norwich University launched the Center for Global Resilience and Security on March 3, 2017.

A series of roundtable conversations with over 100 attendees spanning state and municipal leaders, business owners, non-profits, academics, and students discussed questions on where Vermont stands on resilience and security with regards to water, energy, infrastructure, and climate impacts:- the four core research areas CGRS aims to focus on. A report with the roundtable conversations summaries is here.

A survey to help us prioritize action items moving forward can be found here. It will take you less than 5 minutes to complete it and we will greatly appreciate your input.


CGRS is pleased to announce Natalie Jeremijenko as the first Senior CGRS Fellow, recognized for her brilliant cross-cutting research, innovation, art, and activism in areas that intersect all four CGRS theme areas. Natalie will present a talk on “GONE FISHING!  … in the Urban Wilds of the ANTHROPOCENE” on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in the Multipurpose Room of the Kreitzberg Library at Norwich University.

The event will also be live streamed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NorwichUniversity/. You can also see her previous TED talk here.


CGRS is partnering with Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) to host the annual summit on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8:15 am to 1:45 pm at Norwich University. This year, we invite academics interested in resilience to join the Academic Resilience Collaborative (ARC) and partner with CROs teams to offer assistance. Rebecca Sanborn Stone will facilitate. Please register at https://alumni.norwich.edu/CROsARCsummit by Monday, April 24 (or at the door for $10, for late registration without lunch). This event is designed to end in time for participants to go to the Climate March in Montpelier.


State of Vermont Activities

State Hazard Mitigation Planning
Are you working to make Vermont stronger, safer and more resilient? If so, we need your help and ideas! Vermont is launching its 2018 State Hazard Mitigation Planning Process. This important process will bring together state agencies, non-profits, businesses, academic institutions and more to identify our most pressing natural hazards and ways to reduce the vulnerability of our people, property, and environment. Together, we can set statewide priorities, build collaboration, and identify funding strategies. Watch http://demhs.vermont.gov/plans for updates or contact Stephanie Smith (Stephanie.A.Smith@vermont.gov) at the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security for more information about ways to get involved and share your ideas.


Educational Opportunities

VT Emergency Management (EM) is offering a course called “Integration of CyberSecurity Personnel into the Emergency Operations Center for Cyber Incidents”. The course is free, at the Department of Public Safety Headquarters in Waterbury, from May 9-11, 2017.

The Norwich University Applied Research Institute (NUARI) helped to develop the course. The intent is to get IT experts into the Emergence Operations Center (EOC) and get some practice for when a Cybersecurity incident happens. They do not need to be expert EOC people, but we are really looking for people with IT experience. In addition, the traditional EOC Personnel (Fire, EMS, Police, Emergency managers) would certainly gain experience in a Cybersecurity Incidents.

If you have someone who can benefit from this, they can go the EM’s website, register for an account and sign up for the course at: http://demhs.vermont.gov/training/trainingprogram/lms

If they have any problems signing up, or would rather not get an account, they can contact Brittany Marquette directly and she will help navigate the enrollment process –
Brittany.Marquette@vermont.gov


An exciting new course at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School on Resilient Community Design/Build. The course runs from April 30 – May 5, 2017 . You can register here.

The course is  taught by David Perkes, a licensed architect, professor, and founding director of  the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio.  The design studio was established in Biloxi, Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina and assisted in the design and construction of over 250 replacement houses.  The design studio has evolved from disaster recovery work to long-term resilience and continues to provide planning, landscape and architectural design support to Gulf Coast communities and was recently selected to be part of the National Resilience Initiative, a program of the American Institute of Architects to create a network of design studios working on resilience.

The course teaches practical design/build applications for storm water and social resilience. Students will focus first on understanding resilience in the context of social-ecological systems, then explore holistic approaches for stormwater and community engagement. There will be a hands-on design/build component in partnership with a local school in the Mad River Valley.

Learning objectives include:
1. Understand resilience at any scale as adaptive places and systems
2. Gain working knowledge of the four types of ecosystem services: provisioning, regulating, supporting, and cultural
3. Understand how resilient design can increase ecosystem services
4. Envision how maximizing ecosystem services can engage the community and increase environmental stewardship

This course is perfect for stormwater practitioners, change-makers, and policy-makers who are implementing resilience measures here in Vermont. It’s a great chance to learn from one of the national leaders in community-sourced resilience.

Space is limited, so sign up today! If you have questions, contact Chrissy Bellmyer at 888-496-5541.


Conferences and Special Events

Vermont Environmental Consortium: May 25, 2017 at VTC – http://www.vectogether.org/vec-events/spring-conference/

The conference will cover new and proposed regulations related to groundwater, contaminated and Brownfield properties, hazardous waste, as well as an update on Vermont’s testing and regulation of emerging contaminants such as PFOA. It will be led by a combination of VT DEC regulators and industry professionals, and geared toward environmental consultants, attorneys, developers, real estate professionals, and the regulatory community.