Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security hosts Resilient Vermont Network’s Second Conference, supported by the High Meadows Fund

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Resilient Vermont Network, coordinated by the Norwich University Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS), will host the 2019 Resilient Vermont Conference at Norwich University, on June 7-8, funded by a $9,000 grant from the High Meadows Fund.

This interactive event brings together Vermont leaders, community members, planners, agencies, municipal officials, nonprofits, funders, and others for two full days of inspiring talks, deep discussions, sharing success stories and new tools to build more resilient land, water, energy, people, and communities.

Learn more about the conference, presenters and activities, and how to register

Friday is geared toward professionals, with an emphasis on defining the challenges and promising statewide approaches, emerging tools and strategies, 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. Activities include “The Extreme Event Game,” an inspiring role-playing simulation in addition to practical sessions on leadership development, project funding, and community outreach. Community Day also includes a resilience fair and resilient-youth keynote and performance.

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. CGRS is focused on challenges in the areas of climate change, water, energy, and infrastructure and their impact on resilience and security. CGRS crafts creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities, through inter-disciplinary research and design collaboration. The center is directed by Tara Kulkarni, associate professor in Norwich University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction Management.

Upon inception in March 2017, CGRS took over the role of coordinating the Resilient Vermont Network, organized after  Tropical Storm Irene and the devastating effects the storm had on Vermont communities. Research shows that networks thrive on sustained coordination, which CGRS is committed to providing (see full report here). Network members can share responsibility for advocacy, research and education to ensure Vermonters are well informed of vulnerabilities but are also empowered to act. This conference is an opportunity to help the network grow and thrive with CGRS support, while achieving statewide resilience goals.


The High Meadows Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation invests time and money to promote long-term economic vitality and healthy ecological systems in Vermont. Visit for more information, and find us on Twitter @HighMeadowsFund.



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About CGRS

A Norwich University Center of Excellence, the Center for Global Resilience and Security brings Norwich University’s unique strengths in leadership, security, experiential education, and perseverance to resilient community building. Our work centers on human resilience.


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