2019 Resilient Vermont Conference
The 2019 Resilient Vermont Conference
Come to the 2019 Resilient Vermont Conference and help build lasting solutions for a stronger and more resilient state for all Vermonters. This interactive event brings together Vermont leaders, community members, planners, agencies, municipal officials, nonprofits, funders, and more. Join us for two full days of inspiring talks, deep discussions, success stories, and new tools to build more resilient land, water, energy, people, and community.
- Friday is geared toward professionals, with an emphasis on defining the challenges and promising statewide approaches, emerging tools and strategies tools, case studies of what’s working on the ground, and a “hazard hackathon,” a chance to put heads together and create solutions on the spot.
- Saturday is Community Day, geared toward community organizers and local resilience groups. Join us for The Extreme Event Game—an inspiring role-playing simulation—plus practical sessions on leadership development, project funding, and community outreach. Community Day also includes a resilience fair and resilient-youth keynote and performance.
Check out our growing roster of conference participants,
and peruse some conference highlights, below, for an overview of what's to come.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Edward A. Thomas, Esq.
President, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association
The world is changing quickly, and Vermont is working hard to keep up. What are the hazards and challenges facing our environment and natural resources, our communities, and our infrastructure and utilities? Join our top agency leaders for a glimpse into how the State of Vermont is prioritizing and tackling climate adaptation and resilience.
Julie Moore, Secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
Erica Bornemann, Director, Vermont Emergency Management
J. Riley Allen, Deputy Commissioner, Vermont Department of Public Service
Amy Sheldon, Vermont House of Representatives
Visit our conference participants page to get to know these leaders and many others involved in Resilient Vermont 2019.
Have you got what it takes to find solutions to our greatest hazards? We’ll put the RVT brains to work in our first-ever hazard Hackathon. You’ll have one hour to join up with a group of conference attendees to come up with a real solution to a real resilience problem.
12 BREAKOUT SESSIONS, FROM BIG PICTURE TO HYPER-LOCAL
Choose from concurrent sessions in four tracks: Land, Water, Energy, and People. These fast-paced sessions will include top speakers from state agencies, municipalities and non-profits, consultants and more. Learn what’s new in each topic area and where our policies need to go, find out about cutting edge strategies and best practices, dive into discussions about how to solve resilience challenges, and apply these ideas in your work.
End the day with a field session. Take a tour of a local farm, check out Northfield’s Dog River mitigation projects, and look at practical energy solutions.
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
KEYNOTE SPEECH & PERFORMANCE
Guest keynote speaker Raquel Mattos
PERFORMANCE: Burlington High School Dance Team
A celebration of youth active in resilience.
EXTREME EVENT GAME
Do you have what it takes to build a resilient community? Start the day by diving into this simulation game. Work in teams to plan for resilience and respond to challenges on the fly.
WORKSHOPS & TRAINING SESSIONS
Choose an in-depth training that will help you build resilience on the ground: local leadership, funding and grant-writing, and community outreach and marketing.
Close the day by exploring stations and booths with a range of fun resilience resources.
MORE INFO COMING SOON
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Registration ends June 1, 2019. Register today.
SPONSOR RVT 2019
Join us as a sponsor and support Resilient Vermont, while showcasing your work and organization.
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Center for Global Resilience and Security
This event is brought to you by the Resilient Vermont Network coordinated by the Norwich University Center for Global Resilience and Security with funding by the High Meadows Fund (Vermont Community Foundation).