Rebuilding in Puerto Rico: Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience

Rebuilding in Puerto Rico_ Universities as Leaders in Community Resilience from Security & Sustainability Forum on Vimeo.

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Originally Aired On May 14, 2018

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.

Watch the National Council for Science and the Environment in collaboration with Arizona State University’s Julian Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and SSF  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 addresses 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
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