Vermonters recognize that our changing world and changing climate are bringing about new and unprecedented challenges. Vermont was hard hit by flooding in 2011, including unprecedented lake flooding in the spring and the catastrophic impacts of Tropical Storm Irene on August 28th. It has experienced at least one federally-declared disaster every year since. Vermont is now working to develop an integrated, long-term approach to resilience – one that weaves together state, regional and local initiatives, and better equips the state to prepare for, respond to and bounce forward from future climate impacts and the natural disasters and other challenges that we know will come.
The Resilient Vermont project began in the Spring of 2012 with a multi-stakeholder planning process. Led by the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the process involved more than 400 Vermonters and led to the Roadmap to Resilience – a report with 23 concrete recommendations to reduce our vulnerabilities and minimize the risks to our citizens, our communities, our economy and our environment. Learn more about the process.
In 2015 we launched the Resilient Vermont Network – a new collaboration of state agencies and organizations dedicated to making progress on these actions and others. Learn more about the Network and participating organizations.
The Resilient Vermont Network, the Roadmap to Resilience, and Resilient Vermont process are possible through the generous support of: