The vision of the Center for Hazards Assessment, Response & Technology at The University of New Orleans (UNO-CHART) is to support applied research focusing on sustainability and resilience efforts and strategies in light of natural, technological, and environmental risks in the region and to collaborate with similar programs across the country. Through its applied research projects, it fulfills its mission to assist residents, local and state officials, and communities in understanding and reducing risk to hazards.
UNO-CHART's approach to sustainability and resilience is based on building community/university partnerships grounded on the principals of: (1) community/organizational collaboration and (2) building on community knowledge as well as scientific knowledge for both basic and applied research.
UNO-CHART's approach also considers student researchers as integral to all research projects. During the course of a project, students are involved in the day-to-day activities of UNO-CHART projects as they conduct fieldwork, participate in community meetings, present at academic and professional conferences, and publish in academic journals. Much like the faculty and staff, the students represent various academic disciplines of UNO.