UGA Defense Community Resilience Program

About Our Work

The Defense Community Resilience Program helps communities and military installations explore mutually beneficial opportunities for economic growth. A recent example is the River Valley Community Compatible Development Plan, which provides a regional roadmap for creating vibrant downtowns, investing in infrastructure and promoting outdoor activities in the rural communities surrounding Fort Moore. The program also considers natural solutions to restore and protect existing environments within installations. For example, DCRP experts have proposed ways to redirect stormwater runoff on roadways into retention ponds that support native plants and habitats, thereby enhancing the landscape and reducing flooding. Such efforts reflect the military’s commitment to strengthening communities that share borders with its installations.



The Challenge

Climate change poses a variety of threats to military operations based on:

Therefore, in order to ensure military readiness and effectively respond to these threats, the responses need to be tailored to the individual installation and informed by local knowledge of the military and civilian personnel onsite.


The Approach

Long-term engagement with UGA faculty and staff at the community level:

  • Bring together civilian and military personnel
  • Build on local knowledge and experience
  • Apply EWN principles and implement natural infrastructure projects
  • Support military and civilian climate resilience priorities


The Outcome

This effort will draw upon a collaborative network of professionals to build adaptive capacity, apply practical research, and catalyze innovative projects to build resilience across the spectrum of interconnected military and civilian interests and responsibilities.




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J. Scott Pippin