Resilient VT’s Second Conference a Success, Plans for 2021 Begin
NORTHFIELD, Vt. – The Resilient Vermont Network, coordinated by the Norwich University Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS), hosted the 2019 Resilient Vermont Conference at Norwich University on June 7-8, funded by a $9,000 grant from the High Meadows Fund.
About 200 people–150 on Friday and 50 on Saturday–helped to advance Vermont’s progress toward building sustainable communities with thought-provoking conversations among professionals, resilience groups and community organizers. The conference included spirited debates and inspiring discussions in the parallel sessions on land, water, energy, and people, during the hackathon and field trips, on Friday and substantive workshops, the engaging extreme event game, and resilience fair on Saturday.
Ed Thomas, president of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, and Raquel Mattos, a high school freshman, presented a multigenerational take on resilience in their keynote remarks on Friday and Saturday, respectively. While each presenting a unique perspective informed by their experiences, each ultimately conveyed a consistent message of the importance of including the “whole community” in resilience actions.
“There are many transformational forces at work in Vermont, and climate change is one of them,” High Meadows Fund Program Manager Betsy Hands said. “The Resilient Vermont Conference is a rare and necessary opportunity for Vermonters to focus on adapting to these threats.”
The Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) 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 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 interdisciplinary research and design collaboration. The center is directed by Dr. Tara Kulkarni, associate professor in Norwich University’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction Management.
Upon inception in March 2017, CGRS took over coordinating the Resilient Vermont Network, organized in the wake of 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 and aware of vulnerabilities but are also empowered to take action. This conference is an opportunity to help the network grow and thrive with CGRS support, while achieving statewide resilience goals.
About the High Meadows Fund
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 highmeadowsfund.org for more information, and find it on Twitter @HighMeadowsFund.
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.
About Norwich University
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).
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