Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security Holds Summit for Community Resilience Organizations and Researchers


April 17, 2017

Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security, in collaboration with Community Resilience Organizations (CROs) will hold the “CROs-ARC Summit: Think Global, Act Local,” an event to connect statewide CROs teams and academic researchers interested in participating in the new Academic Research Collaborative (ARC) on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 8:15 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

The summit provides a day of short, inspiring presentations by local action teams (CROs), resource providers, and academic researchers (ARC), plus a noon lecture on social engagement by Rebecca Sanborn Stone, a community planner, engagement specialist, writer and speaker with expertise in resilience, local capacity building and communications.

Presentations include ecological solutions, with NU’s Simon Pearish and Lyndon State’s Ian Balcom; water and energy resilience; cybersecurity with NU’s Huw Read; and art integration. Informational showcase highlights housing, water, energy, climate, food systems, hazard mitigation, etc. from state agency experts and non-profit groups.

Peg Elmer Hough and Amanda Blank with CROs; Jared Ulmer with the Department of Health’s Climate and Health Program; Paige Heverly of Vital Communities (Energy and Transportation project coordinator); and Ben Rose, Recovery and Mitigation Section Chief, Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, are some of the key Vermont experts presenting at the summit.

The CROs-ARC Summit is slated to end early enough to allow participants to join the Climate Rally at the statehouse in Montpelier, scheduled from 1 – 4 p.m.

“This event is to help the CROs strengthen their teams, learn about new and existing resources and get the latest updates in areas critical to resilience and security in their communities,” Center for Global Resilience and Security Director Tara Kulkarni, Ph.D. said. “We also want to connect academic researchers to the problems facing the CRO teams and engage students in the discussion.”

Registration Fee: $35 includes breakfast and lunch. Registration deadline is April 20, 2017, at:

The summit is sponsored by: Catamount Solar, Vermont Community Resilience Organizations, Center for Global Resilience and Security at Norwich University, Center for Civic Engagement at Norwich University.

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 will craft creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities, through inter-disciplinary research and design collaboration.

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