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Resilience Sustainability Working Advisory Team (SWATeam) (In Progress)

Project History

  • 1/11/2021

    On December 3, 2020, a small group of community and campus staff (Scott Tess, Morgan White, Ximing Cai, Sharva Hampton-Campbell, Kaamilyah Abdullah-Span, Ruby Mendenhall, Meredith Moore) brainstormed key prin

  • 12/15/2020

    The Resilience Team met on December 10th and had a fruitful conversation about how to help our surrounding communities while maintaining an equal two-conversation where community, faculty, student, and governments are all heard.

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The Resilience Commitment is focused on climate adaptation and community capacity-building to deal with a changing climate and resulting extremes.

The Resilience Team, formed in 2019, was charged because of a joint climate resilience proclamation from the University of Illinois and the cities of Urbana and Champaign. Its charge is to liaise with SWATeams to develop recommendations that may be sent to the iCAP Working Group, the cities, or both.

This Resilience Team will carry on the work previously begun by the Champaign County Climate Resilience Task Force (see below), bringing campus and the greater community together to address what must be done to prepare for vulnerabilities to extreme weather and other results of climate change.

iCAP Teams report annually on progress made toward Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) objectives in their area of focus, and the Resilience Team is meeting monthly to advocate for meeting the iCAP 2020 objectives related to Resilience.

Project Team

  • Primary Contact:

    Kimmy Chuang

    Project Leader:

    Morgan White and Scott Tess

    Team Members:

    • Ximing Cai
    • Sally McConkey
    • Warren Lavey
    • Stacy Gloss
    • Lacey Rains Lowe
    • Dennis Donaldson
    • Lisa Merrifield
    • Meredith Moore
    • Joseph Park
    • Asli Topuzlu
    • Genevieve Zilmer

    Prior Contacts:

    • Micah Kenfield


  • Proposed January 1, 2016
    Proposed by Ben McCall
    Approved March 2, 2016
    Approved by Interim Chancellor Barb Wilson