The Center for Global Resilience and Security is a Norwich University research center of excellence dedicated to the advancement of the interrelationships between human resilience and sense of security in the face of global challenges.
The United Nations has been the major international body that has researched and documented global challenges and needs. Most recently 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), were developed, following the 2015 deadline of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
These SDGs (see Figure 4) challenge its 193 member countries to transform the world by unifying under a common agenda on sustainable development (UN, 2015). The challenges, most of which are exacerbated by a changing climate, range from poverty and hunger to clean water and energy concerns. The goal is to overcome these challenges by the year 2030.
Therefore, using these global challenges as our basis, the Center of GRS will work on building resilient communities by focusing on the four inter- related themes of water, infrastructure, energy, and climate, over the first few years of the Center’s tenure.
These themes offer an opportunity to encourage collaboration not only across the schools in Norwich’s College of Professional Studies (CoPS), but also across the university with faculty experts in allied areas as we consider not only the environmental and economical resilience in view of climate change impacts, but also the political, psychological, and sociological considerations in our designs and solutions.
The Center for Global Resilience and Security intends to fulfill a niche; that of including security in the same context as climate change. A number of departments, institutions, and centers research climate change impacts from various perspectives, but Norwich is uniquely positioned, to take on this complex challenge because of the following factors:
The nature of our institution, partners, and student body, where service, and leadership are ingrained, and where academic silos and bureaucratic processes are This allows for ease of collaboration and quick and timely action on pressing matters.
Leaders like our first Distinguished Leader in Residence, GEN Gordon R. Sullivan, who are not only able to envision climate change impacts beyond the traditional scientific ones, but have the connections and perspectives to help the Center and Norwich engage in the necessary research activities and make them available to the global communities that seek climate resilient solutions.
Expertise within the College of Professional Schools (CoPS) in areas ranging from legal and technical water quality/quantity, SCADA systems, smart grid, transportation systems, sustainable and resilient construction, on both large and small scales, to health, finance, business, innovation, entrepreneurship, etc.
Resilient Vermont Network (RVT) Coordination
The Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) is taking over the role of coordinating the Resilient Vermont Network from the Institute of Sustainable Communities (ISC). Norwich University co-hosted the first Resilient Vermont Conference with ISC in May 2016.
There are three aspects to our role:
Serve as the point of contact for the various entities interested in or doing resilience work in the state. The CGRS website will be set up to provide the most current information on various resilience initiatives, talks, funding opportunities, as well as collaborative research or educational activities across resilience happening primarily in the state but also outside Vermont, based on the information provided by the various groups in the network, including state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and others.
Offer professional development events on CGRS themes, and host relevant conferences, such as the 2016 RVT conference that Norwich University cohosted with ISC. In April 2017, CGRS will host Vermont’s Community Resilience Officers (CROs) for a day of information exchange and professional workshops.
Create an Academic Resilience Collaborative (ARC) within the RVT network to bring together teachers, researchers, and students, across Vermont’s educational campuses, interested in resilience related work.
Prof. Tara Kulkarni, PhD, PE.
Col. (Ret.) Albert Lewis, CEM, MAEM, MASS
David V. Rosowsky, PhD
Rebecca Sanborn Stone, MS
Kate White, PhD
Prof. Tara Kulkarni, PhD, PE
Prof. Kulkarni is the Director of the Center for Global Resilience and Security at Norwich University. She is an Assistant Professor in Norwich University's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction Management.
She teaches courses in Fluid Mechanics, Environmental Engineering, Water and Wastewater Treatment and Hydrogeology. She has also taught the Honors course on Sustainability. She serves as an academic advisor to undergraduate civil and environmental engineering students, and for Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society. She has served as the faculty advisor and counselor for the NU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers for five years, and mentored local area girl scouts, NU Girls Inventors Camp participants, and served as a sustainability and environmental badge counselor for local area boy scouts. She has also consulted for the NU STEM academy, and been the engineering instructor for K-8 teachers in the Vermont Science Initiative's Engineering and Science Summer Academy for three years. She also mentors newer Civil engineering faculty through the ExCEEd workshop series run by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
She represents the College of Professional Schools on the Honors Council and the Undergraduate Research committee and has led and facilitated several faculty roundtables. She has served as the liaison for the Resilient Vermont conference and serves on the board of the Vermont Environmental Consortium.
Her research interests are in green infrastructure, sustainable water resources management, and climate change related disaster resilience through engineering innovation. She has used grants through NSF's EPSCoR program and from the USEPA to research, design, and model green stormwater infrastructure and innovative treatment of nutrients in stormwater and agricultural runoff. She is also heavily involved in K-12 STEM outreach, and community engagement in water and climate initiatives. She regularly publishes in both the water resources and the engineering education areas, and will co-author an upcoming book on Water Resources Planning. Her 2014 paper on service-learning experiences in her classroom earned her the best professional paper award (awarded by the Xerox Corporation to the professional paper that focuses on bringing systemic approaches to increase the representation of women, underprivileged, and underrepresented groups in STEM education and careers) in the Zone 1 Regional Conference of the American Society of Engineering Education.
Prof. Kulkarni's terminal degree is from Florida State University where her research focused on physiologically based toxicokinetic modeling of environmental contaminants. She has previously worked in engineering positions at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in the industrial wastewater, hazardous waste, and petroleum cleanup sections. She also worked as a Research Associate and Sustainability Manager for Environmental Management Center in India, where she was involved in developing academic educational programs, corporate training, case study development, and developing and writing corporate sustainability policies.
Col. (Ret.) Albert 'Albie' Lewis, CEM, MAEM, MASS
Albie Lewis was hired as a federal coordinating officer (FCO) for FEMA in February 2007 and is assigned to Region-I. He has been appointed to over two dozen presidential disasters and emergencies as the FCO and many other disasters as the DFCO to include Hurricane Sandy, Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Ike and many others. He is a former FEMA disaster assistance employee and worked as a special assistant to the FCO for disaster responses for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Texas Wildfires in 2005-6. He was awarded his "Certified Emergency Manager" (CEM) by the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). He completed the Harvard Kennedy School for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI) in December 2009. He has been assigned as the FCO for VR-13 and evaluator for VR-16 and led the National IMAT West to Cascadia Rising in 2016. He has also served as the chair of the Field Leadership working group, served on the IMAT Working Group, and a number of committees, such as clean slate and CBRNE group.
Albie was previously appointed as the director of Vermont Emergency Management. In this position he was responsible for all operations of the State of Vermont's Emergency Management system, including overseeing preparation and planning for an emergency at VT Yankee nuclear power plant, electrical power shortages and disasters, VT's Hazardous Materials Response Team, and all preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation efforts for all hazard emergencies in the state. He was also co-chair of the International Emergency Management Group, a consortium of the New England states and five eastern Canadian provinces for emergency response and mutual aid. Albie left this Vermont position in 2005 to take a position with Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA), Information and Infrastructure Technologies, conducting vulnerability assessments for critical infrastructures across the United States.
Albie also served as a firefighter and chief of the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department. His fire service qualifications include: firefighter, hazardous materials technician, high angle/mountain rescue, and cold water/ice rescue diver. He served with the fire service for over 25 years. He has also served as the president of the Fire Departments Corporation and as a member of the Capital Fire Mutual Aid System. He holds a US Patent for a fire fighting adapter allowing fire fighter air tanks to be used for underwater diving.
Colonel (Ret) Lewis completed his last active duty tour as the U.S. Military Liaison Team Chief for Macedonia. As the Team Chief, he oversaw the Military to Military exchange program under the Joint Contact Team Program, NATO & CINCEUR's premier peacetime engagement activity which assisted Eastern European countries with their goal of NATO membership. Additionally, in 1991 during a Special NATO/SHAPE Assignment, he developed the operational deployment plan for 3-172 IN (Mountain) Battalion as a separate Battalion in 4th Corps Alpini area of operations in Northern Italy. He was also a Planner for SEECEP (South East Europe Civil Emergency Planning) and PFP with focus on SEE Earthquake response. He participated in and assisted with the planning for the multi-national earthquake exercise in Macedonia. He participated in numerous NATO level exercises in Europe. In 2001 he was awarded a U.S. State Department Meritorious Honor Award by the U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia for his service to the U.S. Embassy.
During his hazardous duty tour, Macedonia became embroiled in an insurgent war that lasted beyond his tour of duty. His military career spanned more than 28 years primarily with the Vermont National Guard, with a concentration at the Mountain Warfare School and Mountain Infantry Battalion. He commanded the 2nd Battalion 124th Regiment, Regional Training Institute (RTI) and commanded the National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction 15th Civil Support Team, (WMD-CST) during its stand-up. He competed as a member of the U.S. Military Pentathlon Team competing for 5 years in the NATO International Council of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and competed in the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Modern Pentathlon. He won two silver medals in the 1980 NATO CIOR Games in Montreal, Canada. He also worked as the NGB Sports Coordinator, hosting the CISM games in Vermont.
Albie was born in Fort Lewis, Wash., and raised in Carlisle, Penn. He attended Scotland School for Veterans Children in Scotland, Penn., until 1968. In 1969 he graduated from Northfield High School in Northfield, Vt. In 1973 he received a Bachelor's Degree in Education from Norwich University, and in 1998 received a Master's Degree in Fire Education & Emergency Management, also from Norwich.
He is a graduate of the US Army War College and holds a second graduate degree in strategic studies. He holds a TS-SCI security clearance. He is an instructor at the Emergency Management Institute, teaching state directors' and state coordinating officers' courses. He also operated a historical building business that dismantles 100+ year old post, beam barns and houses; moving these timber frames to new locations, restoring them for use as new homes and/or businesses. He has also worked on the Greenland Expedition recovering WWII aircraft out of the Greenland Icecap. Col. Lewis and his wife, Honorable Vt. State Representative Patti Lewis, live in Berlin, Vt. They have three children, Kristen, Brittany and Kaitlin.
David V. Rosowsky
David V. Rosowsky, PhD, is the provost and senior vice president at the University of Vermont. Rosowsky served previously as dean of engineering at RPI and as head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he also held the A.P. and Florence Wiley Chair in Civil Engineering. Rosowsky earned BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Tufts University and a PhD in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
Provost Rosowsky reports to the president and serves as the chief academic officer and the chief budget officer of the university. As Provost, he is responsible for enhancing the university's intellectual climate, strengthening instruction and scholarship, advancing diversity, creating an outstanding student experience, promoting student access to success, and identifying investments and efficiencies to ensure a sustainable future.
Rosowsky maintains an active research program in wind and earthquake engineering and continues to supervise graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. He is a registered professional engineer and holds the rank of fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Fellow of the Structural Engineering Institute.
A recognized expert in structural reliability, design for natural hazards, stochastic modeling of structural and environmental loads, and probability-based codified design, Rosowsky has authored or co-authored more than 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. He is the recipient of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Walter L. Huber Research Prize, the T.K. Hseih Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), and the ASCE Norman Medal.
Rebecca Sanborn Stone
Rebecca Sanborn Stone is a community planner, engagement specialist, writer and speaker with expertise in resilience, local capacity building and communications. She is a principal at the Vermont consulting firm Community Workshop, which specializes in bringing creative engagement, planning, place-making, and effective communications to towns, cities and non-profit organizations across North America.
Community Workshop is known for creating unique, high-impact programs that help communities work together and build social capital. Her recent work includes coordinating multi-stakeholder engagement efforts through Resilient Vermont and the Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan; capacity-building and training for local teams, including High Meadows Fund grantees; EPA's Local Foods, Local Places program; and the Vermont Farm to School Network. She has also recently helped to develop innovative engagement and social capital programs with the pilot Community Resilience Organizations project and Mad River Valley's Ridge to River Initiative and run local planning and visioning processes, such as Richmond: Our Town, Our Future. In her own community, Stone is a co-founder of the unique community pop-up university (Bethel University) and the Bethel Better Block project.
Prior to launching Community Workshop, Stone worked for seven years with the Orton Family Foundation on community planning and engagement projects and national network and capacity-building efforts, including CommunityMatters and the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design. She served as an adjunct professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Southern Vermont College and formerly was a high school biology and environmental science educator. She writes and speaks frequently on topics of community engagement and resilience. Her work has been featured in TED Books, E Magazine and numerous other publications. Stone holds a master's degree in Environmental Science from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and a bachelor's degree from Williams College. She lives in Bethel, Vt., with her family.
Kate White, PhD
Kate White, PhD, leads the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Climate Preparedness and Resilience Community of Practice, where she has 29 years of experience. A registered professional engineer, White holds BS and MS degrees in civil engineering and a PhD in civil and environmental engineering. Her work includes development of policy, technical guidance, methods, and tools to support climate preparedness and resilience with an emphasis on water resources management issues involving extreme events and natural hazards. She received a 2013 GreenGov Presidential Award: Climate Champion for her role in the interagency team that developed the Sea Level Rise Tool for Sandy Recovery. She was selected as the USACE 2014 Elvin R. "Vald" Heiberg III "Engineer of the Year," and was named a 2015 Top Ten Federal Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers.
Our values are grounded in the guiding values of Norwich University, as well as the vision and mission of the center and include the following:
We see passion, curiosity, quest for answers, creative thinking and collaborative problem solving as our primary tenets.
We respect diverse points of view as a cornerstone of our democracy.
We bring our commitment, expertise, and professionalism, as well as our enthusiasm, empathy, and thoughtfulness in answering the global calls to action.
We hold in highest esteem our people and reputation.
We live the Norwich motto—I will try!—meaning perseverance in the face of adversity, and will use this to build resiliency in our communities.
Related Programs & Opportunities
- 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.
- 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. You can 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
- 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
- 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.