The Partnership for Resilience is a consortium-in-planning administered by the North Carolina State University and affiliated with the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies in Asheville, North Carolina, to serve the public, business, non-profit, and academic communities by supporting fundamental research, workforce development, an active program of information transfer and economic development activity.  

Our Mission

To empower society to use environmental information in decision-making processes to address increasingly complex social, environmental, and economic situations.

why a partnership?

The concept of a “Partnership for Resilience” was formulated in response to Presidential Executive Order 13653’s call for “public-private partnerships to ensure federal actions are responsive to the needs of communities and businesses as the nation prepares for climate impacts.” An initial workshop explored how such a consortium could be most beneficial for partners in federal, private, nonprofit and academia and to society.  Sufficient unmet needs and initial collaborative opportunities have been identified to encourage the continuing development and implementation of the Partnership for Resilience Consortium.  The Partnership for Resilience is envisioned to be a laboratory for sharing research, technology, concepts, ideas and approaches for improving societal resilience to the impacts of environmental change.

Effective adaptation to our changing environment requires public, business, academic, and non-profit organizations to communicate and collaborate to make decisions for the long term.  In practice, it can be confusing to determine how to get the necessary information and expertise to flow across these organizational boundaries. 

The Partnership for Resilience will empower society to act by increasing effective communication and collaboration among Partners and stimulating adaptation and mitigation activity investments across all sectors.

Recognizing that governmental agencies must engage the emerging solution provider community – business and industry, non-profit, and academic organizations – to meet the growing demand for environmental information, the Partnership for Resilience will foster a more efficient and accessible marketplace for climate information and resources that is driven by the needs of the user.

Educational at its core, the Partnership for Resilience will support development of an environmental information-literate workforce by identifying opportunities for collaboration and developing instructional programming in support of undergraduate and graduate education, professional development, continuing education, internship, fellowship, and distance learning opportunities.

From individual decisions such as which house to buy to multinational corporations’ investment strategies, the Partnership for Resilience will stimulate economic opportunities and cultivate relationships and critical connections to foster a dynamic environmental change solution-provider industry for environmental analytics and adaptation strategies.