NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University has received $17,000 from the High Meadows Fund to support the Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) in its work promoting resilient communities via the Resilient Vermont (RVT) Network.

This $17,000 award will support the administration of some of the network programming including developing monthly resilience calls, moving the Academic Resilience Collaborative forward through research-based problem solving in Vermont communities and planning future workshops, conferences and networking platforms. The grant will greatly strengthen the commitment that the center and Norwich University’s Office of Academic Research have made to Resilient Vermont with internal funding, personnel, resources and facilities.

Norwich’s Center for Global Resilience and Security has been home of the Resilient Vermont Network since 2017.

“High Meadows’ ongoing support of CGRS’s leadership of the Resilient Vermont network activities have inspired us to revive our Academic Resilience Collaborative and host a series of hackathon-style conversations on technical and humanities topics that challenge Vermont’s resilience, starting this fall,” CGRS Director Tara Kulkarni, a civil and environmental engineering professor, said. “We are also revamping our web and social media presence and hoping to create newer, more inclusive and accessible networking connections and opportunities for all Vermonters across the state to engage with and in.”

Norwich’s Center for Global Resilience and Security has been home of the Resilient Vermont Network since 2017. The RVT Network originally formed in response to Tropical Storm Irene and the massive damage it did to Vermont towns in 2011. The center has supported the RVT Network by hosting professional development workshops for the Community Resilience Organization; participating in Vermont’s State Hazard Mitigation planning process, including hosting a working group meeting; and leading the development of an Academic Resilience Collaborative with a goal of bringing Vermont’s researchers into communities to minimize or solve Vermont’s resilience challenges.

In 2018, a new network plan was released; in 2019, the Center for Global Resilience and Security hosted the second Resilient Vermont conference. The center’s leadership has been supported by the High Meadows Fund, first through a $2,500 grant to develop the Network Plan, and a second grant of $9,000 in support of the 2019 Resilient Vermont conference.

“For the High Meadows Fund, resilience means the capacity not just to bounce back from disruptive events, but also to mitigate risks, plan and adapt ahead of those events. These events could be flooding and erosive water surges due to climate impacts or a public health crisis like COVID-19. We must be working across silos in order to reduce risks from future events,” High Meadows Fund Program Officer Betsy Hands said. “The Center for Global Resilience and Security has played an important role by hosting these conversations and bringing together Vermont’s leaders, including elected officials, community members, planners, municipal officials, state agency staff, non-profit leaders, and funders to plan ahead.

“We supported the Resilient Vermont Network conference in 2019 and we are looking forward to the next conference because we recognize that bringing people together is the best way to solve challenging problems and build creative solutions.”

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