Definitions & Applications of Resilience


Resilience: the ability of a system or community to survive disruption and to anticipate, adapt, and flourish in the face of change.

Assets: features, capacity, characteristics, and resources that will help a campus and its community cope with climate change.

Vulnerabilities: direct hazards from the changing climate, impacts from climate change, or from climate change-related events, and factors that are exacerbated by the effects of climate change.

Indicators: features or characteristics of the campus and/or community that the school wishes to assess (qualitative or quantitative).

Metrics: specific values or data points that can describe the indicators, which can be measured to show progress over time. Should include a specific unit of measurement.

Stewardship: the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices to enhance ecosystem resilience and human well-being.

Second Nature: a non-profit organization that works to accelerate climate action in, and throughout, higher education.

In the Community & beyond


Campus Operations

Campus Master Planning

Every 10 years, Facilities Planning & Management works with a team of planning consultants and the university community to update the university’s Campus Master Plan. The Master Plan Update will serve as a tool to help establish a continuing framework to guide the orderly growth and development of the campus while protecting and enhancing important open spaces as well as historic and cultural landscapes. The Campus Master Plan is consistent with and supports the university’s current mission, vision and strategic plan.


Shared Governance