BY DAPHNE LARKIN
NU Office of Communications
August 17, 2017
Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security together with Vermont Emergency Management will co-host Vermont’s Hazard Mitigation Action Planning workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in Kreitzberg Library.
The workshop brings together Vermonters from diverse walks of life to develop a sound plan and informed actions to build resilience and create a stronger Vermont. In May, the 2018 Hazard Mitigation Plan’s vision that “Vermont will be safe and resilient in the face of climate change and natural disasters” was approved. The mission of the group: “To protect life, property, natural resources and quality of life in Vermont by reducing our vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters” was also approved.
Several goals, and overarching principles now guide the work assigned to three groups in the following topic areas: Environment & Natural Systems; Built Environment; and Plans and Policies. In addition, a steering committee will work on a fourth goal categorized under Education and Outreach, which emerged from the meetings of the steering committee, and working groups so far.
Launched in 2017, 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. Its first major initiative upon its founding was to take over the role of coordinating the Resilient Vermont Network and host its annual conference, among other activities. CGRS is focused on challenges in the areas of climate change, water, energy, and infrastructure and their impact on resilience and security. CGRS will craft creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities, through inter-disciplinary research and design collaboration.