Sustainability: Climate Change Resilience Initiatives

Our Changing Climate

Sea Level Rise. Flooding. Wildfires.

Our climate is changing and becoming more erratic, with impacts ranging from the disruptive to the catastrophic. 


Building Resilience to Climate Change

Humboldt State University is committed to understanding and managing the impacts of climate change to our campus and within our community, and to preparing our students to be leaders in building resilient communities. 

Climate change resiliency can be defined as the capacity to prepare for changing conditions, to endure and recover rapidly from disruptions, and to adapt to climate change events, especially when those adaptation strategies substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Planning for resiliency requires us to clearly define our vulnerabilities, as well as our strengths and assets that may support resilience. To do so, we take an intersectional approach that integrates the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of our campus and community.


Graphic of intersectional dimensions of resilience: Infrastructure, Social Equity, Ecosystem Services, Economic Systems, and Health& Wellness

The Intersectional Dimensions of Resilience






HSU's Climate Change Resilience Initiatives

HSU’s efforts to build a campus and community resilient to climate change are built upon three interrelated areas of focus - Planning, Curriculum & Research, and Student Leadership & Engagement - which allow us to more effectively plan for climate change while supporting others engaged in this important work. Here is what we are currently doing in these areas:

  • Planning:
    • Completed the Initial Assessment of Campus-Community Resilience in June 2018
    • HSU-Community Resilience Building Workshop (March 2019) will bring together campus and community stakeholders will identify and prioritize actions to improve campus-community resilience
    • HSU Resilience Action Plan (2019-2020), once completed, will be integrated into HSU's Climate Action Plan
  • Curriculum & Research:
    • Continue work with Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) grantees, Integrated Curriculum Committee (ICC) and others to develop learning outcomes, assessment tools and Climate Change Resilience courses
    • Continue to support students, faculty and researchers engaged in climate resilience work
  • Student Leadership & Engagement:
    • Climate Resilience Deliberative Forum, a pilot of the Deliberative Democracy Initiative
      • Friday, April 19, 2019, 8:30 - 12:30pm in the HSU Goodwin Forum (NHE room 102). Free, refreshments will be served
      • Build understanding of community resilience in the face of climate change, dialogue within small groups to contribute to HSU's climate resiliency planning, and envision how they can become active in community resilience efforts.
    • HSU Student Leadership Institute in Climate Resilience (launches in August 2020)
      • Check back here for time, location and instructions on how to apply
    • Production of a social change film on community resilience by the Theater, Film & Dance department (2020)

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Contact Us

Working on a climate adaptation or resilience project at HSU or in the community? Let us know! Send an email to Morgan King, HSU Climate Action Analyst,