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Updates from Resilient Virginia: February 2017

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WHAT’S NEW

SAVE THE DATE: 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference

The Second Resilient Virginia Conference, being planned with the support of the Virginia Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, will take place on August 1–2, 2017 in Richmond, Virginia. You can find information on Sponsor Opportunities here. Are you interested in participating in the Planning Committee to help develop topics and speakers? Let Annette Osso, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia, know by contacting her at osso@resilientvirginia.org.

Some Updates for Early 2017

World’s Temperature — Reports from NOAA and the United Kingdom national meteorological office show temperatures were record-breaking again in 2016, for the third year in a row. Factors influencing this years’ rise in temperature were the El Nino weather phenomenon and the unusual warmth in the Arctic, where sea-ice reached its second lowest level in September 2016. However, the reports attribute the majority of the warming to human emissions of carbon dioxide.

Global Temperatures

Source: BBC News, January 18, 2017. Link to the complete article here. Also see NOAA/NASA Annual Global Analysis here.

 

Extreme Weather Costs — Another NOAA report shows that 2016 had the second highest annual number of U.S. billion-dollar disasters, behind the 16 events that occurred in 2011. The report cites 2016 as an unusual year, since it included15 weather and climate events with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the United States. These events included drought, wildfire, four inland flood events, eight severe storm events, and a tropical cyclone event. Cumulatively, these 15 events led to 138 fatalities and caused $46.0 billion in total, direct costs. Read the full article here.

US Climate Disaster Map

 

U.S. solar jobs grew by 20 percent in 2016.Renewable Energy Sector Job Growth — A new report from The Solar Foundation shows that job growth in the solar industry reached 2% of the new job creations in the U.S. in 2016. According to the report, 1 in 50 new jobs were created in the areas of manufacture, sales, and installation of solar systems. This makes 2016 the fourth consecutive year that U.S. solar jobs grew by 20 percent or more, and the industry now employs more workers than the natural gas industry; more than double the number of workers in the coal industry; and in comparison to other energy sectors, employment in solar trails only the U.S. oil industry. Find additional information here.

 

George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication Support for Climate Action — George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication and the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication have issued their latest survey, which was conducted after the 2016 presidential election. The results show:

  • The proportion of Americans who think global warming is happening remained steady at 70% in 2016 — nearly matching the highest level measured since November 2008 (71%).
  • Americans are now also more certain it is happening — the proportion who are “extremely” or “very” sure global warming is happening (45%) is at its highest level since 2008.
  • The number of Americans who are “very worried” about global warming has reached a record high (19%) since the Cener’s surveys began in 2008.
  • Likewise, Americans increasingly view global warming as a threat that will bring harm to them, their families, the country, and globally.

You can read the complete survey results here.

 

New Resilient Virginia Supporter Highlighted

We are pleased to highlight our newest Community Leader Level Annual Sponsor, Facility Engineering Associates. In addition to becoming an annual supporter, FEA has also committed to support the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference.

Walking The Talk: Business Resilience Planning at Facility Engineering Associates

by Maureen Roskoski, CFM, SFP, LEED AP O+M,
Senior Professional, Corporate Sustainability Officer
Facility Engineering Associates

Business Resilience is the ability to rapidly adapt and respond to business disruptions while maintaining continuous business operations. Business resilience planning provides guidance for ensuring the ability to respond, resume, and restore to a pre-determined level of operation following a disruption. At FEA, we help our clients strive for resilience through comprehensive planning that takes a holistic and long-term view of the threats and their individual enterprise in order to ensure that the business is prepared to avoid, mitigate, and recover from adverse events. But, what were we doing ourselves? Were we walking the talk?

The mission of FEA is to provide facility managers and owners with progressive and innovative solutions to engineering and facility lifecycle challenges. Thus, it is critical that FEA maintain a robust business resilience program to ensure the stability of operations and services for our partners, our community, and our clients around the world. To make sure that we had an effective program, we decided to pursue certification under the ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Systems standard. Our journey started in 2015 with a commitment from the FEA Board of Directors to allocate time and resources to our ISO certification. Our certification planning process was comprised of the five steps shown in Figure 1.

FEA ISO Certification Steps

Figure 1: FEA ISO Certification Steps

Like many organizations, FEA had some documentation related to what to do in the event of an emergency. We had evacuation procedures and were confident we could get everyone out of the building if needed. But what happens as everyone is standing in the parking lot and we are told we can’t get back in to the building for a significant period of time? We needed a plan. We used the ISO standard to build it. It provides a good framework for developing not only a business continuity plan, but a full management system, framed around the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle (See Figure 2).

ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Framework

Figure 2: ISO 22301 Business Continuity Management Framework

Read the entire article at resilientvirginia.org.

To learn more about FEA and Business Resilience, click here.

 

Energy Security and Microgrids

Due to the increased risks of disruption to our energy supply from terrorist attacks, mechanical failure, and extreme weather events, microgrid installations are gaining increased utilization as businesses and communities seek energy reliability strategies. As defined by the Department of Energy (DOE), a microgrid is a localized grouping of electricity sources and loads that normally operate connected to and synchronous with the traditional centralized grid (macrogrid), but can disconnect and function autonomously as physical and/or economic conditions dictate. Microgrids offer energy surety for critical loads, reduced vulnerability against cyber and physical threats, and greater resiliency, since businesses and critical services can rebound more swiftly after energy disruption.

The U.S. DOE, along with several states and the private sector, are working to develop and implement microgrid strategies. For example, New York has established the NY PRIZE Program, a first-in-the-nation competition to help communities create microgrids — stand-alone energy systems that can operate independently in the event of a power outage.

Community Microgrid System

Source: Microgrid Institute

 

Jim Pieribon, Southeast Energy News, set out to determine if any of these systems have been introduced in Virginia. He found that several organizations have already seen the security and economic benefits of installing microgrids, despite some difficulty in negotiating their interconnection with the existing grid.

The first system in Virginia was up and running in 2015 and is located at the HP Hood dairy plant, one of the largest dairy operations in the country. They see the 15 megawatt natural gas-fired system as their assurance that the dairy operations will continue reliably and prevent costly downtime in spite of possible malfunctions in the conventional system due to weather or mechanical failure.

Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg and the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency at the Fort Belvoir Army base in Northern Virginia are the next two facilities working on plans for microgrid systems. Concerns for cybersecurity and the need for resiliency planning are driving the Ft. Belvoir installation, which will total 4 megawatts of power generation and will incorporate energy storage. The Eastern Mennonite University system will consist of three 500-kilowatt natural-gas fired generators. The campus will be able to operate independent of the local grid, since it also has an existing 104-kW solar system. Motivators for this endeavor include the college’s core values that include “care for creation” and the prospect of a lower monthly demand charge rate from the utility company.

You can read the entire Southeast Energy News article here. Subscribe to Southeast Energy News to receive daily updates on energy sector policy and projects in Virginia and our neighbor states.

Find out more about microgrids at:

https://www.energy.gov/articles/how-microgrids-work

https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/NY-Prize

http://www.microgridinstitute.org/

 

Thanks to Our 2016 and 2017 Annual Sponsors

 

Platinum Sponsor
Marion Construction

Community Leader Sponsor
Facility Engineering Associates

Lifeboat Sponsors
Dewberry
Hazen and Sawyer

Villager Sponsors
Get Ready!
Leaders in Energy

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Highlights for February 2017 and Beyond!

 

Coming up this month

  • Antioch University Webinar on “Incorporating Climate Solutions into Municipal Planning”
  • GreenBiz 17 — Live streaming opportunities!
  • Climate Disclosure Project’s Webinars on its reporting platform for cities
  • Bio-nutrient Food Production Workshop in Richmond
  • Energy and Sustainability Extravaganza at George Washington University

Coming up soon

  • March Climate Connections Speaker Series at the Science Museum of Virginia
  • April 22nd — Arlington County Home Show featuring resiliency vendors and events.

In addition to these events, check our Resilient Events Calendar on a regular basis to find out what is happening in Virginia, around the nation, and virtually through webinars.

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Updates from Resilient Virginia: December 2016

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WHAT’S NEW

Holiday Giving and Resilient Virginia

Help Us Help Communities Plan a Resilient Future!

Support RVa Through Amazon Smile!This is your last chance this year to shop for the holidays and support Resilient Virginia. Leave your car at home and do your holiday shopping online while supporting the organization working to make communities more resilient around the Commonwealth. Just go to Smile.Amazon.com to get started. Thanks!

Perspectives as 2016 Draws to a Close

Note from Annette Osso, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia

I recently had the opportunity to hear a presentation by Amoy Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute founder and chief scientist, as well as a webinar that recapped the extensive work our federal government has carried out to develop programs supporting climate change resiliency. In this issue of Updates, I provide summaries of these events and links to more information. As citizens of Virginia and the U.S.A., we need to stay informed about the risks we face because of the changing climate and related economic and social stresses. Conversely, we should educate ourselves about the competitive advantages of developing business solutions to energy, environmental, and security challenges.

Amory Lovins and the “Soft Energy Path” 40 Years Later

Amory Lovins, Rocky Mountain Institute founder and chief scientist, provided his observations on what he got right in his seminal 1976 Foreign Affairs article on the “soft energy path” at a November 2 event at The Brookings Institution. He was joined in a panel discussion by several Brookings Institution colleagues, and other esteemed representatives of the energy and academic world.

At the time the article was written, U.S. security and energy independence were threatened by oil market instability. Lovins recommended that the country move away from fossil fuels and nuclear power and move toward energy efficiency and renewable energy. This path would offer myriad benefits, including environmental protection, lower costs, and great consumer choice. Lovins observed that market forces are moving economies around the world toward renewables and efficiency at an accelerated pace today. This movement is particularly important in view of the climate change challenges we face due to continued emissions of greenhouse gases, the majority of which are from fossil fuels.

You can view the entire presentation here and find out more about the initiatives of Rocky Mountain Institute, which is working on transformative energy solutions for China and many other countries, the U.S. military, and corporations, at www.rmi.org/.

Resilience Opportunities Report Summarizes Gains

The White House Council on Environmental Quality sponsored a November webinar that reviewed the Resilience Opportunities Report. This report discusses the steps that the Obama administration has taken to address resiliency building initiatives and outlines key opportunities for advancing climate resilience moving forward.

From the Report:

Climate change affects every community and economic sector in the United States. Increasing temperatures, rising sea levels, increases in the intensity and frequency of certain extreme weather events, changing precipitation patterns, and other impacts are affecting people throughout the Nation. Higher temperatures and more frequent and intense heat waves drive up energy costs; raise the risk of heat-related illness; and threaten crops, fisheries, recreation, and the reliability of water and food supplies. Sea level rise threatens coastlines and ports and can fuel higher storm surge.

The interagency Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience (Resilience Council) was formed to coordinate work on programs across Federal agencies. The Resilience Council has worked with state, local, and tribal leaders, community organizations, academic institutions, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector to advance climate science and support on-the-ground decisions. To build upon and sustain this work, the Resilience Council identified a set of key opportunities using the expertise and experience within Federal agencies and the perspectives of numerous stakeholders. These opportunities will guide sustained and coordinated action among Federal agencies and empower stakeholders to work with them on a shared resilience agenda.

The Resilience Council developed these opportunities using the following principles, which should continue to guide actions for climate resilience:

  • Climate resilience should incorporate meaningful community engagement, fair and equitable outcomes, and targeted investments for communities that are often overlooked;
  • Climate resilience should be coordinated among multiple stakeholders—including all levels of government, academic institutions, companies, and nonprofits—through partnerships, shared knowledge and resources, and coordinated strategies;
  • Climate resilience should be mainstreamed into everyday decision making; and
  • Climate resilience should be a factor in fiscally responsible investments.

The United States has come a long way in understanding the effects of climate change, organizing communities, strengthening infrastructure, protecting natural and cultural resources, developing technology, and planning for the future. Federal leadership remains important to understand climate change; improve the resilience of Federal Government missions, operations, and programs that serve communities; and support community efforts to enhance resilience.

The Nation’s resilience depends upon many decisions and actions that strengthen the ability to respond and adapt to the changing climate. Fortifying homes and buildings against storms and flooding, conserving and restoring vulnerable ecosystems, and helping communities plan for weather-related hazards are just a few ways in which Americans are already working to build climate resilience. Though many of these efforts are underway, more work remains to build climate resilience throughout the Nation.

Many resources and programs are mentioned in the Report. Of particular note:

  • The Third National Climate Assessment Report. The National Climate Assessment summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future. A team of more than 300 experts guided by a 60-member Federal Advisory Committee produced the report, which was extensively reviewed by the public and experts, including federal agencies and a panel of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit (CRT). The CRT is an online resource designed to help people find and use information, tools, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. It includes a step-by-step guide for issues to consider in resilience planning, case studies, science-based tools, topical narratives, authoritative reports, regional experts, and training courses. It also includes the recently updated Climate Explorer, a visualization tool that provides county-level climate projections, enabling users to see how climate change will affect their own backyards.
  • Examples of community efforts in the Report include the Hampton Roads Intergovernmental Pilot Program. You can view their final Phase 2 Report here and find out more about their continuing activities at www.centerforsealevelrise.org.

Thanks to Our 2016 and 2017 Annual Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Marion Construction

Community Leader Sponsor
Dewberry

Lifeboat Sponsors
Dewberry
Hazen and Sawyer

Villager Sponsor
Get Ready!
Leaders in Energy

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Highlights for January 2017

In addition to these events, check our Resilient Events Calendar on a regular basis to find out what is happening in Virginia and virtually through webinars.

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Updates from Resilient Virginia: November 2016

Resilient Virginia


WHAT’S NEW

Resilient Virginia Partners and Members Highlighted

This issue of our newsletter features some of our partners, members, and supporters.

  • Jim Redick, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the City of NorfolkWe are pleased to report that a Resilient Virginia Board of Directors Member, Jim Redick, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the City of Norfolk, received the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award on October 18, 2016 at the 64th Annual IAEM Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The award is presented in recognition of unselfish devotion and outstanding contributions to the overall emergency management program. Jim has worked in several emergency management positions in the Hampton Roads area, and has served for five years as the Norfolk Emergency Preparedness Director. He recognizes the importance of creating partnerships and building relationships in the field. For example, he created “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” which works with faith-based organizations to aggregate local, state, and federal resources and manpower. At the state level, he was appointed to a second term on the Virginia Governor’s Secure Commonwealth Panel and co-chaired a sub-panel focused on the high probability/high impact threat of recurrent flooding and sea level rise. You can read the City of Norfolk press release about this award here.
     
  • Resiliency, Sustainability, and Economic Opportunity eventWe are pleased to announce that Leaders in Energy is a new Villager Level Sponsor and a partner in Northern Virginia resiliency workshops. Resilient Virginia’s Managing Director, Annette Osso, and Leaders in Energy, led by founder Janine Finnell, carried out a well-attended and dynamic workshop and networking event on October 20, 2016, hosted by Steve Walz at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Our event, “Resiliency, Sustainability, and Economic Opportunity,” featured author and revitalization consultant Storm Cunningham and Harrison Newton, the Washington, DC point person for their new Rockefeller Foundation-funded resiliency program. Also featured was Dr. Dwane Jones, who heads the creative, hands-on Sustainable Urban Agriculture Program at the University of District of Columbia. One take-away from the event: the city is working to deal with equity issues and healthy food access, as well as threats such as extreme weather, heat waves, and terrorism. Read the Leaders in Energy article about the event here.
          Find out about the next Leaders in Energy event here.

News Flash! Are you a community organization or local government that would like to co-host a resiliency workshop with us that is tailored to your region? Contact Annette Osso, (osso@resilientvirginia.org), Managing Director, Resilient Virginia to start making plans.

  • Jerry Walker and Carrie Webster at the 2016 Henrico Energy Fair.Henrico County, a Resilient Virginia founding member and supporter, continues its outstanding efforts in energy management with a new hire. Carrie Webster, LEED AP BD+C, took the reins as the Henrico Energy Manager in September 2016. She follows Jerry Walker, CEM, LEED AP, who started the program with the County in 2003 and retired earlier this year. Carrie was previously a Senior Sustainability Coordinator with Moseley Architects, working on green building, energy, and sustainability for the past eight years. At Moseley Architects she worked on several Henrico County new construction projects that earned LEED certification, and participated as a vendor in Henrico’s Annual Energy Fair.

          As the Energy Manager, Carrie will work to carry out the mission of this department by identifying and implementing energy efficiency and green building projects in government buildings, schools, and public utility operations, and through outreach efforts will continue to foster a culture of conservation and sustainability. Carrie stated, “In my first month here, I have already been very impressed with the commitment and pride that Henrico County employees at all levels have toward the energy program and all of the county’s impressive environmental efforts. I’m very excited to be the one to carry on and build upon all the great work that has been done here over the past 13 years.” Carrie has already organized and held the 2016 Henrico Energy Fair.

          Carrie will be representing Henrico County in several energy-related professional organizations such as USGBC Greater Virginia, VEPGA, VAEEC, and of course, Resilient Virginia.

          You can review of Henrico’s past accomplishments from Jerry Walker’s Resilient Virginia Conference presentation here.

  • VaTech-ESMSHarry Gregori, a Resilient Virginia founding member, wears multiple career hats. As a Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech, he co-leads the ISO 14001:2015 Institute. This is part of the VA Tech Environmental Sustainability and Management System Institute. The in-depth, one-year course is set up for any organization — government, business or industry or NGO — that desires to improve environmental operations by reducing compliance risk, saving money, and improving employee performance. Certificates earned through this program can help governments work toward the VML/VACO’s Go Green Challenge as well as other certifications.

          You can enroll in the next course, which begins in January 2017, through the end of November. Register by the November 30 deadline at cota.vt.edu/EMS.

News from Resilient Virginia

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You can now support us through Smile.Amazon.com. You shop and Amazon provides a contribution. Click here to start supporting us today: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-1757778

Visit the RVa YouTube Channel!Visit Resilient Virginia’s New YouTube Resiliency Playlists
Visit our new YouTube Playlists for a look at our expanding set of resiliency-related videos. Send links that will help grow this video library to videos@resilientvirginia.org.

Next Resilient Virginia Conference Planning Underway
Are you ready to help with the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference planning? Let us know your ideas for speakers, sessions, and exhibitors by joining us at the next Planning Committee Meeting on December 1. Contact Annette Osso (osso@resilientvirginia.org) to sign up for the Planning Committee.

Thanks to Our 2016 Annual Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Marion Construction

Lifeboat Sponsors
Dewberry
Hazen and Sawyer

Villager Sponsor
Get Ready!
Leaders in Energy

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Highlights for November and December, 2016

In addition to these events, check our Resilient Events Calendar on a regular basis to find out what is happening in Virginia and virtually through webinars.

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  • EDUCATE key groups about the models for community resiliency planning;
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Updates from Resilient Virginia: September 2016

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WHAT’S NEW

Yes, Virginia — July and August Were the World’s Hottest Months on Record

The first six months of 2016 have been the warmest half-century on record.The latest reports from NASA have shown that August tied July as the warmest months ever recorded. With temperatures 1.76°F (0.98°C) above the 1951–1980 August average, last month became the 11th straight one to set a new heat record. NASA data also indicates that this year is likely to be the hottest ever recorded.

With this kind of news, we might want to take a look at what states are doing to move away from greenhouse-gas enhancing fossil fuels. A recent article from Renewable Energy World reports that the Energy Information Agency (EIA) indicates movement away from the traditional fuel sources in a state-by-state analysis. They report that 23 states are projected, by the close of 2016, to include geothermal, solar, or wind power as one of their primary sources of electric generation.

In Virginia, however, a new report from the Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center ranks the state 39th in solar capacity per capita. North Carolina, in contrast comes in 5th in the rankings, with 100 times more solar capacity than Virginia.

Despite the current status of Virginia’s solar capacity, renewable energy industry leaders in the state are seeing a stronger trend toward more clean energy. You can hear about current initiatives and financing incentives in the commercial and utility scale renewable energy industry at a September 29th Leadership in Energy Advancement and Development (LEAD) Forum in Charlottesville. Find out more about this event, which is presented by the Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance, at www.va-rea.org.

If you are interested in what a 100% clean energy-powered Virginia would look like, you can view an infographic on this topic, developed by Mark Jacobson, Ph.D., Director of Atmosphere and Energy Program at Stanford University, at this link. Or tune in to a September 29 webinar, “A Roadmap for Transforming Energy to 100% Wind, Water, and Solar,” to hear directly from Dr. Mark Jacobson about his vision for a clean energy future. Find out how to register at this link.

(Information for this article came from Climate Nexus.org (9/13/2016), Renewable Energy World.com (September 8, 2016), EnvironmentVirginia.org, TheSolutionsProject.org)

Who’s Planning for a Resilient Future? Washington, DC!

Washington, D.C. is the latest mid-Atlantic city to be awarded the 100 Resilient Cites grant from the John D. Rockefeller Foundation, which will enable them to hire a Chief Resiliency Officer for two years. Norfolk, Virginia had received this award two years ago and has developed their own Resilience Strategy.

climate-ready-dc-thWashington, D.C. will start down the resiliency planning path ahead of where many communities begin the process, since they have already conducted extensive analysis on the risks they are facing; have looked at the vulnerabilities of their infrastructure, utilities, building stock, and community members; and have formulated the “Climate Ready DC” plan. This plan is now available for public comment.

Resilient Virginia is pleased to announce that you can hear about the Washington, D.C. Climate Ready plan at an event on October 20th, that we are jointly hosting with Leaders in Energy. This Washington, D.C.-area organization hosts monthly evening events to bring together thought leaders to learn about innovative programs taking place around the metro area. The October 20th event, “Sustainability, Resiliency and Economic Opportunity,” takes place from 6:00–8:30 PM at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments office. Learn more at the Resilient Virginia calendar or at the Leaders in Energy website, www.lercpa.org.

Hear All About It! PrepareAthon Organizers on Richmond’s PBS Station (88.9 FM)

You can hear the interview conducted by Catherine Komp, radio producer and reporter, of the Science Museum of Virginia’s Chief Scientist, Eugene Maurakis, Ph.D., and Annette Osso, Managing Director of Resilient Virginia, at this link. Stay tuned for more resiliency reporting in the coming year.

You can also participate in the Science Museum’s Extreme Event Challenge on October 13 (5:30–7:30 PM) by calling 804-864-1400 to reserve one of the limited spaces. The idea behind the Extreme Event Challenge is to involve community members in an exercise that puts them in positions of responsibility to address the aftermath of an extreme weather event. The first Extreme Event Challenge took place on September 15.

Finally, if you missed the PrepareAthon and would still like to test your resiliency star power, you can download the Family Resiliency Checklist at this link. Let the Museum know you have taken on this challenge by emailing a copy of your completed checklist to info@smv.org.

All of these Science Museum of Virginia events are funded by a three-year NOAA grant to promote climate literacy and community resiliency.

 

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Highlights for September and October

Virginia Engineers Conference – September 28–30. Resilient Virginia will be represented at this conference by a session presentation carried out by Board of Directors Member James Redick (Director, Emergency Preparedness and Response, City of Norfolk) and Deborah Mills, Associate, Dewberry.

In addition to other events highlighted in the What’s New articles, check our Resilient Events Calendar on a regular basis to find resiliency oriented events happening in Virginia and virtually through webinars.Check our event calendar on a regular basis to find resiliency oriented events happening in Virginia and virtually through webinars.

Thanks to Our 2016 Annual Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Marion Construction

Lifeboat Sponsor
Dewberry

Villager Sponsor
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JOIN TODAY—IT’S OUR FUTURE!

Support Resilient Virginia’s goals to:

  • INFORM diverse leaders from government, business, and the community about natural, climate-related and man-made risks and vulnerabilities;
  • EDUCATE key groups about the models for community resiliency planning;
  • ACTIVATE Virginia communities by providing tools to engage in resiliency planning.

Take one of the following actions today:

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Updates from Resilient Virginia: August 2016

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Mark Your Calendar for the August 27 Science Museum of Virginia’s PrepareAthon

It’s Free, It’s Family Friendly. It’s Fun.

PrepareAthonPrepareAthon 2016, taking place Saturday, August 27, will offer 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. Meet your local emergency responders, including Richmond Fire and Emergency Services and Red Cross representatives. There will be hands-on workshops — for example you can build your own emergency preparedness kit or rain barrel — and a variety of hands-on activities for children and adults.

You can also take a pledge to become a “Resiliency Star,” by visiting the exhibits and checking off what you have learned on the Science Museum’s Resiliency Checklist.

Find out more about activities being offered and sign up for free workshops at http://smv.org/upcoming-events/preparathon.

The PrepareAthon is an annual activity of the Science Museum of Virginia’s Climate Connections Learn, Prepare, Act Program, a three-year initiative. Resilient Virginia is pleased to be a partner with the Science Museum of Virginia for these programs, as well as George Mason University’s Center for Climate Change Communication, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and WCVE-Community Idea Stations.

Thanks to Our 2016 Annual Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Marion Construction

Lifeboat Sponsor
Dewberry

Villager Sponsor
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WHAT’S NEW

Read Up on Resiliency — Resilient Virginia Provides More Resources

You can find newly posted resiliency publications on the Resilient Virginia website that highlight some of the resources from the 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference and that address economic aspects of resiliency planning. For your late summer reading list, here are the most recently posted publications.

From the Conference:

  • Norfolk Resiliency Plan
  • NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure
  • Climate Change Adaptation for Agriculture
  • Nature Conservancy Guide for Incorporating Ecosystem Service Valuation into Coastal Restoration Projects
  • Colorado’s Resiliency Framework
  • Climate, Environment and Readiness Plan for Virginia’s George Washington Region
  • Report on Virginia’s Water Resources Management Activities
  • Envision Rating System for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • Agricultural Development Board Guide

Publications that address the economic aspects of resiliency:

  • Risky Business, The Economic Risks of Climate Change in the United States
  • Climate Change: Cost of Inaction for Maryland’s Economy
  • Resilient Cities, A Grosvenor Research Report

You can read summary articles about these publications, written by our Summer Intern, Allison Meade (Cornell University), here or go directly to the Resource section of our website to access the complete publications.

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Highlighted this month:

August 18, 8:00–9:30 AM: Resiliency and Sustainable Building Presentation — Hear about the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Center hosted by Viridiant.

In-person: 8:00–9:30 AM at Gather, 409 E. Main St, Richmond, VA 23219 ($5)

Webinar: 11 AM–12 PM ($10)

In the midst of the 2016 hurricane season, join us as we explore resiliency standards, how one organization is currently incorporating resiliency into our buildings and further opportunities to design and construct resilient communities. Guest presenters, Rebecca LePrell, Virginia Office Executive Director and Chris Gorri, Brock Center Manager of The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, will present a case study on the Brock Center in Virginia Beach.

To Register: www.viridiant.org/event/lecture-resiliency-sustainable-building

Check our event calendar on a regular basis to find resiliency oriented events happening in Virginia and virtually through webinars.

YOUR MEMBERSHIP HELPS US SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT RESILIENCY

JOIN TODAY—IT’S OUR FUTURE!

Support Resilient Virginia’s goals to:

  • INFORM diverse leaders from government, business, and the community about natural, climate-related and man-made risks and vulnerabilities;
  • EDUCATE key groups about the models for community resiliency planning;
  • ACTIVATE Virginia communities by providing tools to engage in resiliency planning.

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Thanks to our recent new members and supporters!

City of Norfolk
William Thompson, Vulcan Materials Co.

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