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
Storm Cunningham: International speaker and author of books including “The Restoration Economy” and “ReWealth.” He will give the “big picture” perspective by examining where economic opportunities based on “restorative development” and “resilient prosperity” intersect with natural resource restoration, climate change adaptation, and disaster resilience.
Harrison Newton: Chief Manager responsible for launching the District of Columbia’s 100 Resilient Cities program. Washington, DC has just been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities grant. Find out what this will mean as they move forward to become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.
Dwane Jones, Ph.D.: Director of the Center for Sustainable Development and Resilience, University of the District of Columbia. His Center has developed urban agriculture programs and food hubs in Washington, DC to help revitalize urban communities, provide healthier food options, and offer economic opportunities for residents.
Welcoming remarks: Stephen Walz, Director of Environmental Programs, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). MWCOG has developed the “Building a Climate Resilient National Capital Region” strategy to coordinate federal and community efforts.
Moderator: Annette Osso: Managing Director of Resilient Virginia.
Register today to secure your seat for this look at innovative approaches to environmental restoration, prosperity, and resilience-building.
General admission ticket includes program, pizza, and beverages. Early bird rates are available through Thursday, October 13th. Student and jobseekers rates are also available.
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 May 22nd and 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.
By way of plenary and break-out sessions over the two day period, Resilient Virginia positioned itself as the go-to source of information and education for matters related to resiliency in the Commonwealth. By all measures this conference was timely, informative and enthusiastically received by all attendees and participants. As the importance of resiliency remains an issue in Virginia, Resilient Virginia will be there to assist in preparing our residents, businesses, and governmental leaders to recover rapidly form any stress related event we may experience.
Resilient Virginia’s roots run deep. Evolving from the Virginia Sustainable Building Network, an organization that helped develop better building standards and education throughout Virginia over an 18 year period, Resilient Virginia brings a team of committed professionals to the forefront of this new and topical threat to our long term survivability in light of man-made and natural stresses.
To address each major topic in each region, Resilient Virginia’s host of speakers included The Honorable Brian J. Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Dr. Alan Hecht, the Director for Sustainable Development at the Office of Research and Development, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Donald Lumpkins, the Director of the National Integration Center for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Ms. Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Community Planning and Development for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and a host of speakers from the Commonwealth, state universities, local government and Planning Districts.
With such a cast of speakers addressing resiliency topics, we received comments such as: “superlative speakers”, “really diverse audience that provided an opportunity to network with government and business contacts”, “never have seen a conference like this in Virginia – great work”, and “a brilliant first conference”.
No resilience topic was left un-discussed. Attendees were made aware of activities throughout Virginia and the nation that are focused on making our communities and businesses more capable of rapid recovery from the many potential stresses facing us in the days ahead. The key to the conference was that the revelation that there are solutions, from all levels of government and from the host of the conference, Resilient Virginia.
See you at the next Resilient Virginia Conference!
NOTE: Jerry Walker will be retiring from his Henrico County Energy Manager job this coming May, and we will have to let him go as the Chairman of Resilient Virginia. On behalf of myself and the Resilient Virginia Board of Directors, we heartily thank Jerry for his outstanding support of the mission and activities of our organization.
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.
The Conference also provided a forum for highlighting progress in implementing the Virginia Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission’s recommendations and the Clean Power Plan, and a review of this year’s related General Assembly actions.
The 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference provided a unique forum to inform, educate, and activate communities across Virginia about the benefits of resiliency planning. It offered Virginia communities and businesses:
Critical information on the rationale for resiliency planning, including national security, climate change, and economic factors;
Options and resources from the national, state and local levels for local resiliency planning; and
Opportunities for in-depth learning experiences involving expert speakers and facilitated discussions.
Plenary sessions featured national public and private speakers who addressed environmental, economic, and national security aspects of resiliency, as well as highlighted the economic value to both governments and corporations of adopting resiliency measures in their policies and operations.
Breakout sessions provided in-depth presentations on critical aspects of resiliency including infrastructure and building design, emergency management and resilient disaster recovery, and ensuring successful food production in the face of economic or climate uncertainty.
TUESDAY, MARCH 22
7:00 AM–8:00 AM REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WITH EXHIBITORS
8:00–11:50 AM WELCOME AND OPENING PLENARY
8:00–8:15 AM Welcome: Jerry Walker CEM, LEED AP, Resilient Virginia Chairman and Henrico County Energy Manager
8:15–8:45 AM The Honorable Brian Moran, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security: Virginia Resiliency Strategies and Climate Commission Recommendations
8:45–9:30 AM Alan Hecht, Ph.D., Director for Sustainability, Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency and Cecil Rodrigues, Deputy Regional Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency Region 3
10:40–11:40 AM Resiliency in Hampton Roads—A Regional Model for Resiliency Planning Speakers: Emily Steinhilber, Assistant Director of Coastal Resilience Research, ODU; Michelle Covi, Assistant Professor of Practice, ODU; Ben McFarlane, Senior Regional Planner, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission; Adam Thiel, Assistant Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Office of the Governor.
Facilitator: Shawn Talmadge, Homeland Security and Resilience Staff Director, Office of the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Panel Presentation: General Assembly Updates and the Clean Power Plan Implementation Francis Hodsoll, President, SolUnesco; Angela Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Office of the Governor; Katherine Bond, Director of Public Policy, Dominion, and Walton Shepherd, Staff Attorney, NRDC
Track: Integrating Resiliency into Building and Community Design
Track: Resiliency Strategies in Agriculture and Rural Communities
Track: Adapting Infrastructure for Resiliency
Track: Resiliency’s Role in Emergency Management
2:00–3:30 PM AFTERNOON BREAKOUT SESSION ONE
Session 1: Factors in Building and Community Resiliency
MODERATOR: Jerry Walker, CEM, LEED AP, Henrico County Daniel Slone, Partner, McGuire Woods LLP: Creating Resiliency in Buildings and Communities Lindsay Brugger, AIA, Manager, Resilient Communities, The American Institute of Architects: LEED Resiliency Pilot Credits and AIA’s Resiliency Initiative Paula Loomis, Deputy Director for Facilities, US Coast Guard: Resilient Design for Coast Guard Buildings
Session 2: Agriculture and Forest Management in Times of Climate Variability
MODERATOR: Erin Stanforth, Virginia Commonwealth University Steve McNulty, Ph.D., Director, Southeast Climate Research Hub, USDA: Southeast US Climate Factors Emily Bock, Ph.D. Student, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech: Virginia Perspective on
Climate Variability and Agriculture Tammy Stephenson, Program Coordinator, Water Supply Planning, VA DEQ: Virginia 2015 Water Supply Report
MODERATOR: Speaker Pollard, Williams Mullen Colonel Jason Kelly, Commander, Norfolk District, US Army Corps of Engineers: Infrastructure Challenges for the Military and Community Edgar Westerhof, US Flood Risk and Resiliency Lead, Arcadis: Perspectives from NY, Norfolk and Europe Cliona Robb, LEED AP, Partner, Christian Barton LLP: Energy Security and Long Range Planning
View Colonel Jason Kelly/US Army Corps of Engineers Video
Session 4: Building Resiliency into Emergency Preparedness
MODERATOR: Harry E. Gregori, Jr., Gregori Consulting, LLC Matthew Wall, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, VDEM: State Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness Initiatives James Redick, MPA, CEM, Director, Norfolk Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coastal Resiliency and Emergency Programs Edward Stein, Manager, Business Development, Enersys: Providing Power in Emergencies
Session 5: Tools for Resiliency in Buildings and Communities
MODERATOR: Jim Pierobon, Southeast Energy News Rebecca Flora, AICP, LEED ND-BD+C, Sustainable Communities Practice Leader, Ecology & Environment Inc.: Building a Lasing Culture of Resiliency In Colorado Greg Mella, FAIA, Discipline Leader, Sustainable Design, SmithGroupJJR: Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Net-Zero Energy, Water and Waste Living Building Jerry Walker, CEM, LEED AP, Energy Manager, Henrico County: Henrico County Moves Toward Resiliency
Session 6: Tools for Agricultural and Rural Resiliency
MODERATOR: Kimberly Davis, Kimberly V. Davis & Associates Steven McNulty, Ph.D., Director, Southeast Climate Research Hub: Resources for the Southeast Region Eric Bendfeldt, Extension Specialist, Community Viability, Virginia Cooperative Extension: Resources for Virginia Farmers and Foresters Janice Stroud-Bickes, Assistant to the State Director, USDA Rural Development: Diversifying Rural Opportunities
Session 7: Tools for Infrastructure Resiliency Planning
MODERATOR: Tracy Winkelman Ruff, P.E., Kine Vue Consulting Teresa McAllister, Ph.D., Leader, Community Resilience Group, NIST: Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems Denise Nelson, PE, ENV SP, LEED AP, Vice President for Public Education, Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure: The Envision Guidelines Mathew Mampara, PE, Associate Vice President, Dewberry: Assessing Resiliency in Airport Operations
Session 8: Tools for Resiliency in Emergency Preparedness
MODERATOR: Alex McLellan, Resilience Thinking Institute Christine Wagner, OSC, Federal On Scene Coordinator, US EPA Region 3: Lessons Learned from EPA Emergency Response in Virginia Communities Charley Banks, CFM, Floodplain Manager, State NFIP Coordinator, VA DCR: FEMA Community Rating System Joshua Murphy, Geospatial Solutions Program, NOAA Office for Coastal Management: Digital Coast Platform’s Resiliency Tools
5:10–7:00 PM RECEPTION IN EXHIBITOR SPACE
Wednesday, March 23
8:30 AM–9:30 AM REGISTRATION AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST WITH EXHIBITORS
9:30 AM–12:30 PM MORNING BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Track: Urban Focus
Track: Rural Focus
Track: Coastal Focus
9:30–11:00 AM MORNING BREAKOUT SESSION ONE
Session 9: Urban Resiliency and Economic Opportunities
MODERATOR: Annette Osso, Resilient Virginia Cooper Martin, Director, Sustainability Program, Sustainable Cities Institute, National League of Cities: Economics as a Factor in Urban Resilience Panel: Economic Drivers of Resiliency Saskia Mollet, CDP Cities, North America Tiphany Lee-Allen, Analyst, Public Finance Group, Moody’s Investors Service Alicia Zatcoff, JD. Sustainability Manager, City of Richmond
Session 10: Economic Challenges in Rural Communities
MODERATOR: Daniel Michaelson Andrew Sorrell, AICP, Coordinator, Office of Farmland Preservation, VDACS: Economics of Farm Preservation Stephen Versen, AFID Fund Coordinator, VDACS: AFID and the Agricultural Development Board Guide Jonathan Miles, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Integrated Science and Technology, JMU: Wind energy production options for farms
Session 11: Economic Impacts of Coastal Resiliency
MODERATOR: Speaker Pollard, Williams Mullen Speaker Pollard, Partner, Williams Mullen: Overview of Economic Impacts Kit Chope, Vice President, Sustainability, Port of Virginia: Challenges for Port Operations Katharine Burgess, Director, Urban Resilience, Urban Land Institute
MODERATOR: Kimberly Davis, Kimberly V. Davis & Associates Emily Snyder, Ph.D., Deputy National Program Director, Homeland Security Research Program, US EPA: Framework for Urban Emergency Preparedness Nell Boyle, Sustainability & Outreach Coordinator, City of Roanoke: Public-Private Programs for Building Resiliency John Broughton, Analyst, Marstel-Day LLC: CLEAR Plan for the Fredericksburg Area
MODERATOR: Andrew Sorrell, VDACS Rebecca Joyce, Program Manager, Senior Planner, Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission: Disaster Resilience through Shenandoah Valley Project Impact Ashley Nauta, Extension Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources, Virginia Cooperative Extension: Agritourism in Southern Virginia
MODERATOR: Erin Stanforth, Virginia Commonwealth University Christine Morris, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Norfolk: Moving Forward on Norfolk’s Resiliency Plan Gwynn Crichton, Ph.D., Senior Project Scientist, The Nature Conservancy: Eastern Shore Resiliency Project Brian Batten, Ph.D., Senior Coastal Scientist and Technical Leader, Dewberry: Virginia Beach Sea Level Rise Plan
12:30–2:00 PM LUNCH WITH PLENARY SPEAKERS
Moving Ahead with Mitigation & Adaptation Strategies in the Commonwealth
Regional Resilience Dashboard Adam Thiel, Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and Homeland Security, Office of the Governor Paul McGowan, Managing Director, Consulting Services, Center for Innovative Technology
We are pleased that our Conference Planning Committee included representatives from national organizations, state and local government, the private sector, and academia.
Annette Osso, LEED AP, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia
Jerry Walker, CEM, LEED AP, County of Henrico, and Chairman, Resilient Virginia
Georgiana Ball, Consultant
Charley Banks, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Sharon Baxter, VA Department of Environmental Quality
Nell Boyle, LEED AP, City of Roanoke
Karl Bren (Retired)
Tracy Browne, Balfour Beatty
Tim Cole, Virginia Beach Public Schools
Michelle Covi, Ph.D., Old Dominion University
Brendan Doyle, ORD, US EPA
Bryna Dunn, AICP, LEED Fellow, Moseley Architects
Jane Frantz, Dewberry
Harry Gregori, Gregori Consulting LLC
Alan Hecht, ORD, US EPA
Lori Herrick, City of Virginia Beach
Jeremy Holmes, Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission
Robin Jones, VA Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Charles Kline, VA Department of Conservation and Recreation
Joe Lerch, Virginia Municipal League
Cooper Martin, National League of Cities
Ben McFarlane, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission
Anne McRay, County of Henrico
Steven McNulty, Ph.D., USDA Southeast Regional Climate Hub
Jonathan Miles, Ph.D., James Madison University
Saskia Mollet, CDP
Charlotte Moore, Roanoke County Board of Supervisors
Scott Nelles, Sustainable Water
Henry Pollard, Williams Mullen
Mari Radford, FEMA
Lorna Rosenberg, Region 3, USEPA
Tracy Ruff, Kine Vue LLC
Daniel Slone, McGuire Woods, PLC
Andrew Sorrell, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Erin Stanforth, Virginia Commonwealth University
Pamela Vosburgh, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors
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. Read more