FAQs

The Institute’s objectives are two-­‐fold: Build resilience in the local community and serve as a resource for other highly vulnerable communities around the world by developing case studies to enable sharing of successes and learnings.
The Institute will address the risks the region faces from energy insecurity, water scarcity and food availability and costs by reducing these risks and supporting our region’s ability to respond to their impacts.

The Institute will also grow investments in the infrastructure and industries to further strengthen the economy and its ability to attract new businesses and residents, such as in communications and healthcare.

The Institute will do so in collaboration with local non-­‐profits and businesses and with organizations from outside the Wood River Valley, such as academia (its first academic partner is Arizona State University), non-­‐profits (such as the Rocky Mountain Institute) and corporations and investors.

With these partners, the Institute will: (1) carry out public education programs in energy and water use, for instance; (2) help put in place policies such as local codes to expedite improvements on homes and buildings; (3) identify investment opportunities and needs and help to mobilize resources (donations and for-­‐profit) in specific projects.

The Institute is funded by individuals and foundations.
We are a charitable non-­‐profit with a focus on resilience. Resilience in each community is different, depending upon the risks facing a community, from environmental threats (fires, drought) to earthquakes to economic shocks. In the Wood River Valley, the environment underpins a great deal of our economy: visitors come here to recreate in the environment, enjoying our mountains, rivers and lakes and the activities they enable, so environmental protection is vital to our local prosperity, and therefore to our resilience. The Institute will work with environmental organizations to strengthen resilience for our prosperity and well-­‐being, but that will not be the Institute’s sole focus. Other areas of focus that will strengthen our resilience include investing in communications infrastructure and healthcare. With communications infrastructure, we can further diversify the economy, reducing risks facing a single sector, whether fires harming tourism or reduced snowfall threatening winter sports. With strong health offerings, the Valley can further attract and retain residents as well as visitors.
Sun Valley Economic Development is the valley’s economic strategy organization. SVED strengthens the local economy by supporting existing businesses and identifying strategic new programs and investments and helping to make them happen. The Institute will work with Sun Valley Economic Development to collaboratively increase investment in resilience programs and projects, ensuring a strengthened economy through its greater resilience.
The Institute aims to grow the resources available to local groups by helping to showcase their critical work on resilience in our community, and by attracting new supporters to our community who would otherwise not consider investing here.
The Institute will have a deep academic grounding in its work, learning from leadership by others and tracking our impact in partnership with academic institutions. It will also carry out programs and mobilize investments. Programs will include helping residents and businesses to increase the resilience of their homes and businesses, as well as shaping and funding major investments in infrastructure supportive of resilience, from energy to food to communications and beyond.
We are fortunate to have outside organizations interested in collaborating with the Institute to increase the resilience of the Wood River Valley. These organizations see the value in helping our leadership on resilience: as a destination for visitors from around the world, the Wood River Valley can become a learning platform and showcase for other communities. From universities to think tanks, outside organizations bring knowledge and additional resources that will enable the Valley to do far more than is possible on our own.
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