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Community Resilience Reports

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Community Resilience Reports (Fall 2016)   The City Resilience Index (CRI) measures community resilience in four domains: health and well-being; economy and society; infrastructure and ecosystems; and governance and planning. Dickinson student researchers collected information about each of the four domains by interviewing 30 leaders from local government agencies, non-profit organizations, community development corporations and businesses, as well as by collecting and reviewing numerous public reports, websites and databases. The student researchers input the information they collected into the online CRI tool and generated a visual profile of community resilience in Carlisle. The four reports are below. Community Resilience – Economy & Society Community Resilience – Engagement & Wellbeing Community Resilience – Governance & Planning Community Resilience – Infrastructure and...

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Increasing Resilience

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Increasing Resilience   The Greater Carlisle Project will develop recommendations for increasing community resilience, work with others to advocate for their implementation and help build the relationships and community cooperation that are essential characteristics of a resilient community. We already know some of the things that build resilience, and those that erode resilience, and these can help us get started. What builds resilience?  A sense of community, inclusion, belonging and trust Active public participation by all constituencies of our community Diverse and robust businesses, non-profits and public agencies Strong collaboration Good communication Effective leadership, planning and governance Investments in infrastructure, public facilities and institutions Protection of air, water, and green spaces What erodes resilience? Alienation, bias, discrimination and distrust Apathy, low participation Weak businesses, non-profits and public agencies Lack of collaboration Poor communication Poor leadership, planning and governance Lack of investments in infrastructure, public facilities, institutions Degraded air, water and land...

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Measuring Resilience

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Measuring Resilience   The Greater Carlisle Project and Borough of Carlisle partnered with Dickinson College to measure the resilience of our community. Sixteen Dickinson students conducted the research as part of a fall 2016 course, Building Sustainable Communities. The students and Carlisle were the first in the world to use the online City Resilience Index (CRI). The CRI is a framework and tool that was developed by Arup International through research with 26 cities around the world and is being used in the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities project. The CRI measures community resilience in four domains: health and well-being; economy and society; infrastructure and ecosystems; and governance and planning. The student researchers collected information about each of the four domains by interviewing 30 leaders from local government agencies, non-profit organizations, community development corporations and businesses, as well as by collecting and reviewing numerous public reports, websites and databases. The student researchers input the information they collected into the online CRI tool and generated a visual profile of community resilience in Carlisle.   The results of the fall research were presented at a December workshop that was attended by 35 members of the Carlisle community. Participants engaged in conversations facilitated by the students, giving feedback on the approach and findings of the research, sharing their own perspectives on resilience, and exploring possible next steps.   The work is continuing. Three students, Max Lee, Matt Pasquali and Olivia Termini, are doing further research in spring 2017 by convening focus groups to refine and improve measurements of community resilience and to develop recommendations for increasing community resilience. Their findings and recommendations will be presented at a Greater Carlisle Project community meeting in May 2017 (date, time and location to be determined). For more information about this project, contact Neil Leary (717-245-1954; learyn@dickinson.edu)....

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What is Community Resilience?

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What is Community Resilience? Community resilience is the capacity of a community to manage short and long term stresses and shocks so as to meet essential needs of all its members, particularly its most vulnerable members. Extreme weather events like hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the economic recession, losses of major employers, civil disturbances, public health crises and increasing numbers of people struggling to find good jobs and access affordable health care, housing and food impact a community negatively and challenge its ability to function effectively. A resilient community is able to anticipate these and other events, plan for emergency and longer-term responses, implement responses effectively, cope with and recover from the impacts, and transform itself to thrive in new circumstances. It emerges from adversity as a vibrant, economically robust, socially just and sustainable community that works for all its members. Community resilience emerged as a concern during public conversations about updating Carlisle’s comprehensive plan. Are we as resilient as we can and need to be in Carlisle and nearby townships and boroughs? Can and should we work to deliberately increase resilience? Can this be done in ways that simultaneously serve other needs and priorities of our community? The Greater Carlisle Project, working in collaboration with the Borough of Carlisle and Dickinson College, initiated a project to measure community resilience in Carlisle as a first step toward building resilience in the...

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