In a recent article, DOD Officials Highlight Climate and Energy Security Issues at International Conference, Assistant Secretary of the Army Rachel Jacobsen spoke to the Engineering With Nature initiative’s ability to help create resilient communities.
“The Army is focused on solutions,” she said. “We use ‘Engineering with Nature’ to bolster infrastructure resilience, and we are working with partners to develop alternative and resilient energy systems. We do this to maintain readiness and to ensure we can train and deploy under all conditions. The Army remains committed to working across DOD and the entire U.S. government to combat the climate crisis by driving adaptation and strengthening resilience at home and abroad.”
The Network for Engineering With Nature is involved in a number of initiatives with Defense Communities, including a collaboration between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and University of Georgia, the Defense Community Resilience Program.
About the Defense Community Resilience Program: The University of Georgia’s (UGA) Defense Community Resilience Program (DCRP) is a multi-disciplinary collaborative network working directly with military installations and their surrounding communities to respond with innovative engineering-with-nature approaches to local climate driven vulnerabilities identified by installation personnel and local civilian community leaders in partnership with University of Georgia research and outreach experts. In partnership with the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering With Nature® (EWN) initiative, the DCRP is a collaboration between two UGA institutes, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and the Institute for Resilient Infrastructure Systems (IRIS). This partnership provides a proactive mechanism to strengthen military and community resilience by applying EWN principles and practices.