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Resiliency, Sustainability, and Economic Opportunities in the DC Region
Organized by Leaders in Energy and Resilient Virginia
When: October 20, 6:00–8:30PM
Where: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
777 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Training Room First Floor
PrepareAthon 2016 took place August 27, 2016, and offered participants activities and information focused on emergency preparedness; sustainable lifestyle options such as energy saving homes, local food, healthy lifestyles, and stormwater; and adaptation strategies such as installing solar or wind systems. Local emergency responders, including Richmond Fire and Emergency Services and Red Cross representatives, were available, and hands-on workshops — for example, build your own emergency preparedness kit or rain barrel — and a variety of hands-on activities for children and adults were part of the event.
By Jerry Walker, CEM, LEED AP, Chairman of the Board, Resilient Virginia and Henrico County Energy Manager
Resilient Virginia burst onto the radar screens of leaders from federal, state and local governments, and concerned citizens with their 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference in Richmond, on March 22nd March 23rd. The two-day conference at the Greater Richmond Convention center attracted over 220 attendees, speakers and exhibitors. With a theme of activating communities and businesses for a more resilient future, three major geographic regions were addressed; coastal, rural, and urban. Issues such as weather, coastal flooding, urban-underdevelopment, agricultural demands on dwindling farm space, and man-made threats to our well-being were all addressed.
Thanks to our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Partners, and Planning Committee for their support in making the first Resilient Virginia Conference a great success!
The 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference
“Activating Communities and Businesses for a More Resilient Future”
March 22–23, 2016 | Richmond, Virginia
The 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference took place March 22–23, 2016 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia. The first statewide conference on resiliency activated community and business stakeholders around the Commonwealth:
- to learn about resiliency planning to address current and future environmental, social, and economic challenges, and
- to become leaders in their communities to address formulating plans for a resilient future.
View the complete conference agenda here.
We are pleased to announce the Official Launch Meeting of Resilient Virginia, taking place February 19, from 9 AM–4 PM, at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23294.
As you know, Virginia Sustainable Building Network provided educational events, programs, and networking for 18 years to promote high-performance buildings and sustainable development around the state of Virginia. Now a group of leaders from government, the private sector, academia, and VSBN have come together to transform the VSBN into Resilient Virginia in order to accelerate resiliency planning in Virginia communities.
VSBN’s 18th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, “Success in Promoting Sustainable Buildings and Communities,” was held June 26, 2013 at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Center.
Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Co-Director, Sustainable Design and Office Director, SmithGroupJJR, spoke on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, the first Living Building Challenge structure in Virginia, and Scott’s Run Station South, a sustainable redevelopment project in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) hosted the Energy and Sustainability Conference in January 2013. The two-day event was organized by Virginia Sustainable Building Network and James River Green Building Council. More than 800 attendees heard national leaders across business and institutional market sectors discuss how sustainability is changing their organizations and how they’re adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance their business results.
VSBN’s 17th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, “Highlighting Sustainable Community Initiatives,” was held June 28, 2012 at Ducard Vineyard in Madison County, Virginia.
Mary Paul Smith Jespersen, Senior Commercial Advisor of the Royal Danish Embassy, spoke about their energy self-sufficient island.
VSBN’s 5th Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges Conference was held February 29, 2012, at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Highlights included
- Lunch Speaker Senator John Warner, Senior Advisor, Pew Project on National Security, Energy and Climate;
- The STARS (Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System) Program for Universities;
- University and Community Sustainability Initiatives;
- Green Policies and Operations.
Presentations from this full-day event are available below.