Resilient Vermont Network’s third conference, May 20

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Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security hosts Resilient Vermont Network’s third conference, funded by the High Meadows Fund

NORTHFIELD, Vt. — The Resilient Vermont Network, coordinated by Norwich University’s Center for Global Resilience and Security, will host the 2022 Resilient Vermont Conference at Norwich University on May 20, funded by a grant from the High Meadows Fund.

The $15,000 grant is for Resilient Vermont programming, to include the biannual conference. The event begins at 8 a.m., with check-in and breakfast and continues until 5:15 p.m., ending with concurrent workshops on land planning, workforce development, resilient bodies and creative expression through comic book-making.

This interactive event brings together Vermont leaders, community members, planners, agencies, municipal officials, nonprofit groups, funders and others for a full day of inspiring talks, deep discussions, shared success stories and new tools for building more resilient land, water, energy, people and communities.

The 9 a.m. plenary session “Looking Closely at Vermont’s Climate Action Plan,” is moderated by Civil and Environmental Engineering Associate Professor and Center of Global Resilience & Security Director Dr. Tara Kulkarni, and is co-moderated by Norwich University Class of ’23 Honors Program student Alyssa Brink.

It includes panelists:

  • Chris Campany, executive director, Windham Regional Commission
  • Jared Duval, executive director, Energy Action Network
  • Julie Moore, secretary, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
  • Kesha Ram Hinsdale, Vermont state senator

To learn more about the conference, presenters and activities, and to register, please go here. This year’s theme “Celebrating Resilience: Looking to the Past to Plan for the Future” undergirds the inaugural Resilient Heroes Award, which will recognize and celebrate people or organizations that personify resilience.

The conference is made possible by the Resilient Vermont Network coordinated by the Norwich University Center for Global Resilience and Security with funding by the High Meadows Fund (Vermont Community Foundation). Additional sponsorship has been provided by the Vermont Humanities Council, Greenlight Real Estate, and Northfield Savings Bank. Sponsors are still being sought to help fund awards to honor community members who exemplify this invaluable work; the number of awards and prizes may increase depending on donations received. To donate, please contact

The Center for Global Resilience and Security (CGRS) is a Norwich University research center of excellence dedicated to advancing interrelationships between human resilience and sense of security amid global challenges. CGRS is focused on challenges in climate change, water, energy and infrastructure and their impact on resilience and security. The center crafts creative, innovative and sustainable solutions for building resilient communities through interdisciplinary research and design collaboration.

Kulkarni, associate professor and chair of Norwich University’s Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction Management, directs the center.

Upon inception in March 2017, the Center for Global Resilience and Security became coordinator for the Resilient Vermont Network, organized following Tropical Storm Irene, which devastated Vermont communities. Research shows that networks thrive on sustained coordination, which the center is committed to providing (see full report here).

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 act. This conference is an opportunity to help the network grow and thrive with the center’s support, while achieving statewide resilience goals.

About the High Meadows Fund

The High Meadows Fund formally dissolved as of December 31, 2021 and transferred all its remaining assets to the Vermont Community Foundation (VCF). Visit or for more information.

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).

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 8:00am