Norwich University Center for Global Resilience & Security Awarded Grant from High Meadows Fund


Jan. 22, 2018

Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience & Security was awarded $2,500 from the High Meadows Fund for Resilient Vermont network planning.

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 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 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 the role of coordinating the Resilient Vermont Network from the Institute of Sustainable Communities (ISC), which was formed 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. 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 project will help us create a long-term plan to help the network grow and thrive with CGRS support, while achieving statewide resilience goals.

Under Kulkarni’s leadership, CGRS was awarded the grant in November 2017 to re-envision the mission, composition, role and responsibilities of the Resilient Vermont Network (RVT). The grant allows CGRS to engage both the Norwich community of students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as the interested stakeholders from across the state of Vermont as it seeks to: identify critical ongoing functions and activities of RVT; solidify a structure and leadership plan for RVT; and capitalize on new opportunities and priorities such as clean water, CGRS’s new Academic Resilience Collaborative (ARC), and the Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP).

“CGRS brings Norwich University’s unique strengths in leadership, security, experiential education, and perseverance to resilient community building,” Kulkarni said. “Leading the RVT Network, and expanding collaboration across all Vermonters is integral to our efforts, and we are grateful for the support from the High Meadows Fund to keep this momentum going.”


The High Meadows Fund promotes vibrant communities and a healthy natural environment while encouraging long term economic vitality in Vermont, It is an affiliated fund of the Vermont Community Foundation.

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