Climate Resilience

UNH has signed onto the President’s Climate Leadership Commitments organized by Second Nature. This commitment includes community capacity-building to deal with a changing climate (resilience commitment). This commitment includes four steps: 1. Initial Resilience Assessment; 2. Determine Future Scenarios; 3. Future Climate Impact and Resilience Assessment; 4. Create Resilience Plan) with a target completion date of May 2019.

The UNH Sustainability Institute, via collaboration with the UNH Energy Task Force and municipal representatives from the Town of Durham has completed much of what is required for Steps 1, 2, and 3. We are now in the process of Step 4 – Creating a Resilience Plan. This step includes collecting information and data to complete a baseline assessment of resilience via a set of indicators and metrics across 5 sectors (termed “Capitals” by Second Nature): physical, natural, social, human, and financial.

The primary objectives of this capstone project are to:

  1. Gain a solid understanding of resilience as defined by Second Nature and the details regarding UNH’s commitment to Steps 1, 2 and 3.
  2. Collect information and data to provide baseline assessment for indicators and metrics for at least the Physical and Social Capital sectors related to UNH.  Note that the indicators and metrics have already been identified (and example of one set provided below).
  3. Summarize findings in a table and accompanying report that will be included as part of the UNH/Durham Resilience Plan submitted to Second Nature in May 2019.

Student team members: Katie Bennett, Clayton Bently, Quinn Curtis, Haley Puntin, & Marisa Yacco

Here is this team's URC Poster: 


Here is this team's final report: