Resilient Virginia 2018-2019 Board of Directors

OFFICERS Andrew V. “Andy” Sorrell,​ the Chairman of the Resilient Virginia Board of Directors, grew up in the suburbs of Richmond but found his true home in rural Virginia after college. He studied environmental planning and public administration at Virginia Tech and proceeded to work for several rural Virginia local governments as a county planner […]

Resilient Cities, A Grosvenor Research Report

Resilient Cities ReportA 2014 research report developed by Grosvenor quantified the resilience of the world’s most important 50 cities based on two criteria: vulnerability and adaptive capability. The Resilient Cities Report collected independent data and created a scale on which to place each of the 50 cities.

Climate Change: Cost of Inaction for Maryland’s Economy

Climate Change: Cost of Inaction for Maryland’s EconomyThe Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) produced a report in November 2015 that expanded upon climate impacts addressed in the American Climate Prospectus. The report includes estimates on climate change’s effects on infrastructure, tourism, ecosystems, agriculture, water resources, and human health.

Risky Business: A Climate Risk Assessment For the United States

Risky BusinessIn this climate risk assessment published in June 2014, co-chairs Michael Bloomberg, Henry Paulson Jr. and Thomas Steyer present the details and economic costs of inaction in the face of climate change. The Risky Business report cites the short-term climate threats presented in the U.S. and the specific economic risks they pose to differing regions and sectors.

Climate Change Adaptation for Agriculture: Mitigating Short- and Long-Term Impacts of Climate on Crop Production

Climate Change Adaptation for AgricultureThe Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia State University produced this publication in 2014 outlining climate-related challenges facing agriculture and some options for mitigating and adapting to them. Included in the publication are adaptation strategies and conservation techniques touching on soil water-holding capacity, tillage, crop rotations, drainage, irrigation, nitrogen use, and buffers.

Norfolk’s Resilience Strategy

Norfolk's Resiliency StrategyThe city of Norfolk, as a 100 Resilient Cities grantee, developed a Resilience Strategy that was published in October 2015. The stated goal of the plan is to reduce risks as well as embrace new ways of thinking and thriving in conditions that require continuous innovation. The full plan is available online.

Congratulations! Resilient Virginia Marks Its First Year

Fall, 2015 Congratulations!!! A Message from the Resilient Virginia Chairman Resilient Virginia is celebrating its one year anniversary. Over a year ago the idea of a program in Virginia that would address community resiliency was being discussed by former members of the Virginia Sustainable Building Network. This humble beginning grew, and became a clarion call […]

Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative

Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative addresses the broad issue of increasing the nation’s resilience to disasters. This book defines “national resilience”, describes the state of knowledge about resilience to hazards and disasters, and frames the main issues related to increasing resilience in the United States. It also provide goals, baseline conditions, or performance metrics for national resilience and outlines additional information, data, gaps, and/or obstacles that need to be addressed to increase the nation’s resilience to disasters. Additionally, the book’s authoring committee makes recommendations about the necessary approaches to elevate national resilience to disasters in the United States.