Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.19
Liaison Lissette Hernandez
Submission Date May 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Florida International University
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Alexandra Dutton
Program Manager
Office of University Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Disaster Risk Reduction Program

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

The Disaster Risk Reduction Program (DDR) is world-class project designed to advance disaster risk reduction by influencing the drivers of existing risks and their consequences as well as helping avoid the creation and accumulation of new risk, and developing capabilities and mechanisms for building resilience. Many projects within the program have a focus on climate change adaptation in developing nations. FIU's Disaster Rick Reduction Program works closely with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).

The Program strives to promote and strengthen “Communities of Practice” (CoPs) in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region; identifying and supporting the educational and professional development of the next generation of “thinkers” and “agents of change” in the LAC region; identifying and cultivating key individuals and stakeholder groups; and facilitating exchange and coordination between organizations and key individuals and stakeholder groups involved.

The Program also offers online, short-term, non-credit courses available students all around the globe such as Cost Benefit Analysis in Disaster Risk Reduction, Political Economy of Disaster Risk Reduction, Governance and Disaster Risk Reduction.

A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

Positive outcomes associated with this project include developing capabilities and mechanisms for building resilience as well as training our students to help their community in avoiding the creation and accumulation of new risks.

More specifically the Program has partnered with the National Hurricane Center (NHC) to develop a storm surge database for Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The database is designed to help government agencies make informed decisions when hurricanes approach, including large-scale evacuations.

Miami Based DRR Pasantia
The Latin American and Caribbean Center of Florida International University (LACC/FIU), with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID /OFDA) presents a one week Miami based Pasantía on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA).
The Pasantía brings together professionals, technicians and leaders working in public administration, project management, non-government and international organizations, and academic institutions who have disaster risk reduction and/or climate change management responsibilities. Special consideration is given to candidates who could guide or influence their institutions toward improved disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.


A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
Yes or No
Curriculum No
Research Yes
Campus Engagement No
Public Engagement Yes
Air & Climate Yes
Buildings Yes
Dining Services No
Energy No
Grounds No
Purchasing No
Transportation No
Waste No
Water Yes
Coordination, Planning & Governance No
Diversity & Affordability No
Health, Wellbeing & Work No
Investment No

Other topic(s) that the innovation relates to that are not listed above:

The website URL where information about the innovation is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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