Norwich University hosts Resilient Vermont Conference


May 13, 2016

Norwich University is hosting the Institute for Sustainable Communities’ inaugural Resilient Vermont Conference Friday and Saturday, May 20-21.

This interactive event will bring together community leaders, municipal officials, organizations and agencies working to strengthen Vermont’s resilience to climate change and other challenges. Participants will gain the skills, ideas, inspiration, connections and resources for on-the-ground action to make the community stronger, more vibrant, and better prepared.

“Vermonters continue to face climate-related challenges like powerful storms and warming temperatures, all while navigating shifting economies and new policies,” conference organizer Rebecca Stone said. “We must act now to protect our treasured people and places.”

The conference offers over 30 workshops including several led by Norwich faculty and staff. On Saturday, Associate VP for Communications and Marketing Kathleen Murphy-Moriarty will teach about effective messaging; Professors Huw Read and Kris Rowley will present on cybersecurity Friday and Saturday; Professor of Civil Engineering Edwin Schmeckpeper will serve on Friday’s panel discussing “Housing Vulnerable Populations;” Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Tara Kulkarni will serve on Friday’s panel “Report Card for Vermont’s Infrastructure,” and is part of a three-person team leading the “GSI: Northfield – Walking Tour of Green Infrastructure and Flood Recovery,” which is offered on both Friday and Saturday.

In August 2011 Hurricane Irene devastated parts of the town of Northfield. In the months that followed, Norwich students gave over 4,000 hours in clean up and recovery efforts.

Norwich was the first private school in the country to teach engineering, and

according to APPA data, Norwich University has been one of the most energy efficient campuses in the country for the past 20-plus years.

Norwich has undertaken a wide range of measures to improve energy efficiency on campus including: upgrade to more efficient boilers at its Central Power Plant; replacement of all old, poorly insulated steam distribution lines; installation of a cogeneration system; use of powerful building control systems; installation of heat recovery systems; building of a biomass system that replaces the burning of fuel oil with the burning of locally-sourced wood chips to heat 98 percent of campus, and use of only high efficiency lighting and motors.

Norwich has two LEED certified dormitories, and all renovations and new construction includes the installation of proven, high efficiency systems.

Norwich University is committed to providing a world class education by integrating sustainability across curricula. Recent projects include: an award winning solar house in the US Dept. of Energy’s Solar Decathlon; affordable, micro solar houses; original research in water run-off filtering and recovery, and building an outdoor classroom at Northfield High School.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the two-day conference (cost $45) see the conference website:

About the Institute for Sustainable Communities

An international nonprofit organization, the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) has 25 years of practical experience working with local leaders to accelerate climate change and sustainability solutions. ISC’s programs are designed to facilitate peer learning and engagement among local leaders charged with the work of making their communities more sustainable. ISC has led more than 103 projects in 30 countries, and currently works in China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Thailand and the United States. Learn more here.

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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