UW–Madison releases Resilience Commitment impact report

Photo of UW-Madison students Daniel Ledin, Molly Pistono and Courtney Gorum working together to paint a mural commemorating the names of Black victims of police violence and racial injustice throughout the country on a boarded up window of the Community Pharmacy building on State Street in Madison, Wisconsin on June 5, 2020. The mural is one of many that have been painted on businesses and shops along the street following several nights of protests in response to the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, a black man, on May 25, 2020. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)
Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison

In the context of sustainability, resilience refers to the ability of institutions, infrastructure, and communities to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of climate change. The Resilience Commitment, which was signed by Chancellor Blank in 2019, will help UW–Madison address climate change as well as amplify the benefits of collaboration with local, state, and global communities.

To fulfill the Resilience Commitment, UW–Madison will perform a climate vulnerability assessment and then create and implement a Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. In preparation for these initiatives, the Office of Sustainability has been documenting resilience efforts already in place at the university and in the community. The results of this research, as well as other updates on progress toward the commitment, are now available in a year-one impact report.

“We are dedicated to identifying and building on community relationships to ensure that the next steps of our work create synergy and address resiliency for all,” said Missy Nergard, Director of Sustainability at UW–Madison.

The report spotlights campus-community initiatives across several dimensions of resilience: Infrastructure, Economics, Ecosystem Services, Social Equity and Governance, Health and Wellness, Academics, and Research. Read the impact report here and email resilience@sustainability.wisc.edu to get involved.