Rebuilding in Puerto Rico: Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Wed, May 23, 2018 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM PDT

Long before Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico established the National Institute for Energy and Island Sustainability (INESI) as a collaborative platform to understand and address the infrastructure issues being faced by the campus system and island.

Join the National Council for Science and the Environment in collaboration with Arizona State University's Julian Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and SSF on May 23 to hear how this model for local collaboration in Puerto Rico has progressed post-Maria, and inspired a United States national network of higher education leaders focusing on resilience, data-driven decision-making, and local solutions. The webinar will address models for university contribution to resilience in islands and smaller countries at risk from extreme weather events.


Dr. Gary Dirks, Director, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University 


Cecilio Ortiz García, Ph.D. - University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez

Jennie Stephens, Ph.D. - Associate Director for Strategic Research Collaborations, Global Resilience Institute (GRI) at Northeastern University and co-chair of the NCSE Energy Education Community of Practice.

Clark Miller, Ph.D. - ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the global Institute of Sustainability at ASU