The Role of Universities in Community Resilience

Universities are trusted community partners and present a wealth of human, intellectual, organizational, and physical resources to inform and strengthen community resilience. NCSE works with universities, local governments, and other organizational partners to develop resources and strategies to better prepare for and recover from disruptive events.

NCSE has partnered with many universities to support this work:

  • Arizona State University
  • Louisiana State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Penn State University
  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Texas A&M University
  • University at Albany, State University of New York 
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Puerto Rico, National Institute for Energy and Island Sustainability (INESI)

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Resilience Roundtables on Actionable Science Solutions

In Fall 2018, NCSE launched a series of regional Resilience Roundtables in collaboration with universities. The inaugural roundtable was co-hosted by the University of Colorado Boulder. The goal of these roundtables is to convene scientists and decision-makers to consider the possibilities of accelerated impact, relevancy, and resources through collaboration and advance planning at a local scale. The NCSE resilience work supports universities to become key partners for local and state governments, utilities, planners, and more, growing their institutional infrastructure to connect closely with decision-makers. The concept behind the NCSE Resilience Roundtables grew from recognition of the unique role that we can play as conveners. Specifically, the goals of these roundtables are to:

  • Catalyze conversations that bridge the science-policy interface;

  • Foster cross-campus communication on resilience work, convening across departments to bring diverse scientific perspectives to decision-makers; and

  • Empower university scientists and administrators to make connections that build lasting partnerships with local governments and state-level decision-makers to further community resilience.

Resilience Webinars

In the lead up to the NCSE 2019 Annual Conference, NCSE hosted a three-part webinar series in partnership with the Security and Sustainability Forum and Arizona State University. The series explored science-based decision-making for local government, policy, and finance linked to the theme of Sustainable Infrastructure and Resilience. Please visit the webinars page for more information and to watch recordings.