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

Project History

  • 10/9/2020

    The Resilience SWATeam met again on October 9th, 2020 at 12pm. The team completed the iCAP 2020 Assessment and in doing so determined the team's priorities for the year.

  • 10/7/2020

    The Resilience SWATeam met for the first time on October 5th, 2020 to get to know one another other and assigned team members to specific iCAP 2020 Objectives.


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

The Resilience Working Advisory 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 Working Advisory 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.

Working Advisory Teams report annually on progress made toward Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) objectives in their area of focus, and the RWAT will work toward incorporating resilience into the forthcoming 2020 iCAP.

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


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