NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security, home of the 2022 Resilient Vermont conference, introduces the inaugural Resilient Heroes Award.

In honor of the Vermont community’s resilience for over a decade, from rebuilding after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011 to the responses and recovery efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, the Resilient Vermont Network and Norwich’s Center for Global Resilience and Security seek to establish a biennial award to coincide with that year’s conference. The award will recognize and celebrate people or organizations that personify resilience.

Award winners will be determined during the 2022 Resilient Vermont Conference, to run Friday, May 20, at Norwich University.

Vermont community members and organizations who learned to adapt to difficult situations and helped others develop this ability, who responded to and recovered from disruptive events and who countered adversity by modifying and re-envisioning to emerge stronger and create new systems are all eligible. The center seeks to honor and learn from these leaders whose adaptability, flexibility and strength of character are helping build a resilient Vermont.

The categories for the award are:

  • Individuals: Anyone of any age is eligible for the individual-category Resilient Hero Award. Nominees younger than 18 must have their legal guardians’ approval to be nominated and to receive the award and its accompanying public recognition during the 2022 Resilient Vermont Conference.
  • Organizations: To qualify, organizations, as a whole, must represent the definition of the word resilience and its associated characteristics. This can be through its mission, public acts of service or services provided during a specific situation.

Nominations, which the center will take through May 1, may be submitted here.

Nominators should be prepared to submit a statement explaining the ways the nominee exemplifies resilience. It is recommended that nominators include specific examples of why they’ve chosen their individual or organization. Documentation such as news articles, letters of commendation or awards may be referenced.

Award winners will be determined during the 2022 Resilient Vermont Conference, to run Friday, May 20, at Norwich University. Cash prizes will be awarded for first ($500), second ($250), and third ($150) place nominees in each category.

The number of awards and prizes are subject to increase depending on donations received. All nominees will be recognized at the conference through displays of their work and on the Center for Global Resilience and Security’s website and social media.

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About the conference
A Resilient Vermont conference brings together community leaders, neighbors and groups that are working to strengthen Vermont’s resilience to climate change and other challenges. The conference will help people connect, hear success stories, learn best practices and gain skills and resources to boost on-the-ground resilience. The conference, geared toward municipal leaders, organizations and agencies working on resilience, will address social, environmental, economic and physical strategies for helping our communities reduce impacts on people, places and property and recover faster after disasters.

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 U.S. Army Capt. Alden Partridge and is the United States’ oldest private military college. 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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