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Resilient Virginia 2018-2019 Board of Directors

OFFICERS

Andy Sorrell

Andy Sorrell, Chairman Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

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 managing governmental programs and solving problems for the public and local officials. From 2013 until early 2018, Andy managed the Commonwealth’s Office of Farmland Preservation at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he worked with local govern- ments, farmers, and others to preserve and retain active farm land. In April 2018, Andy started serving as the Deputy Director of the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission which provides financial incentives to southern and southwest Virginia localities to encourage business attraction and expansion that brings in new jobs and capital to Virginia’s former tobacco-growing region.

Passionate about rural Virginia, Andy has served on the Executive Board of the Rural Planning Caucus of Virginia since 2008 and on the Board of Directors of Resilient Virginia since 2016 and serving as chairman in 2018. Andy lives with his family (wife and two kids) in Palmyra, Fluvanna County, Virginia where they raise chickens, tend a large garden and attend a one-room country church.

 

Ellen Graap Loth

Ellen Graap Loth, Vice Chair Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

Ellen Graap Loth serves as Vice Chair of Resilient Virginia. Ms. Graap Loth is a Senior Project Manager at Cardno, an environmental engineering and consulting firm with headquarters in Brisbane, Australia. She is based in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ellen started her career in the environmental industry assisting clients in managing hazardous waste, and has since gained extensive experience providing a wide range of environmental services to commercial, industrial, and government sector clients. In her current role, she manages projects aimed at improving all aspects of environmental management, including regulatory compliance, stewardship, and the analysis and mitigation of environmental impacts.

Ms. Graap Loth is a Certified Professional Environmental Auditor, and she has supported clients in establishing environmental management systems and has trained client staff to perform internal audits. Ellen enjoys traveling and has worked on projects in Belize, Canada, Haiti, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Belgium, Italy, Benin, and most of the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska.  Ellen received a BS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a sustainability-focused executive Master of Natural Resources from Virginia Tech.

 

Jane Sibley Frantz

Jane Sibley Frantz, Secretary, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

Jane Sibley Frantz, AICP, PMP, CFM, a Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Planning Professional, serves as Secretary of Resilient Virginia. Frantz, an Associate Vice President at Dewberry, is a deputy group manager for their Resilience Solutions group and a program manager for Dewberry’s $38 million FEMA Hazard Mitigation Technical Assistance Program (HMTAP) contract. With more than 16 years of experience in emergency management, she is an expert in mitigation planning and has led efforts for more than 20 multi-hazard mitigation plans and 15 disaster resistant university plans. She has instructed dozens of workshops on hazard mitigation planning and FEMA’s benefit-cost analysis program that determines the future benefits of a mitigation project compared to its cost estimates.

Frantz earned her Master of Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her bachelor’s degree in public policy from the College of William & Mary. She is a certified floodplain manager, a project management professional, and an American Institute Certified Planner. She is also a member of the US Green Building Council’s RELi Steering Committee.

 

Vestal Tutterow

Vestal Tutterow, Treasurer, Resilient Virginia Board of Directors

Vestal Tutterow, PA, CEM, is Treasurer of Resilient Virginia and manager in the High Tech and Industrial Systems Group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has an extensive background in energy management and energy efficiency in both the industrial and commercial sectors.

Based in Vienna, VA, Mr. Tutterow currently manages a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) program encouraging increased implementation of combined heat and power systems. He has assisted in the development and implementation of a number of DOE programs and initiatives, such as Motor Challenge, Compressed Air Challenge, Better Plants, and Superior Energy Performance. Vestal’s thirty-five years of experience also includes engineering and management positions with an Army research lab, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the nonprofit Alliance to Save Energy, as well as with energy consulting firms. Areas of expertise include program management, energy analysis, and stakeholder engagement.

Mr. Tutterow has a bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science from Duke University, a master’s in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a sustainability-focused executive master’s in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech. He is a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Practitioner in Energy Management Systems, and a Certified International Sustainability Consultant.

 

MEMBERS

Jerry EastridgeJerry Eastridge, LLA, BPI, is a Board Member of Resilient Virginia and a Principal at GSPH LLC. He is a Licensed Landscape Architect and Certified BPI Building Energy Analyst. A lifelong Virginian, he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech in 1976.

In the four decades since, he has practiced as a Licensed Landscape Architect, Land Planner and Civil Engineering Designer. Prior to founding GSPH LLC, his roles have included Senior Project Manager, Planning Director, Director of Land Development Engineering; and subsequently Office Director of the DC Metro Regional Office for The RBA Group, Inc. (a multidisciplinary architecture/engineering firm).

Mr. Eastridge has practiced extensively in urban and rural land planning, landscape architecture, civil design and energy management services. He has provided resiliency strategies for land development with emphasis on urban civil systems including multi-modal transportation, utilities, and stormwater management systems. Past clientele include federal civil and military, state and local government and private entities such as real estate investment-driven commercial and residential development companies.

Rebecca JoyceRebecca Joyce, a Board Member for Resilient Virginia, has worked in the human services field for 35 years. For the past 21 years, she has worked at the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission as a disaster mitigation program administrator, disaster preparedness educator, and emergency management/community planner. She has coordinated the regional disaster preparedness and mitigation education program Shenandoah Valley Project Impact for the last 18 years and the Staunton-Augusta-Waynesboro Community Emergency Response Team program since 2003. Ms. Joyce is on the Board for the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association (NHMA) and a community representative for the National Hazard Mitigation Program’s Resilient Neighbors Network.

Steve SundermanSteve Sunderman, RA, LEED AP BD+C, BPI, is President of Terrazia, PC. and a Resilient Virginia Board Member. Mr Sunderman a licensed architect, LEED Accredited Professional with Building Design + Construction Specialty (LEED AP/BD+C), Building Performance Institute (BPI) Analyst and is a certified pervious concrete technician. He is a 1974 graduate of the University of Oklahoma with Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design degrees. His many years of diversified architectural experience include extensive design, project management, energy conservation and environmental education for a wide variety of stakeholders & building types throughout the United States and the Middle East.

He has promoted alternative energy, environmental conservation and equitable facilities design since the early 1970’s, including educational seminars on sustainability & stormwater management. He is known for creating affordable high-performance facilities that achieve his clients’ financial goals and minimize risk without compromising their community and environmental responsibilities.

Erin SuttonErin Sutton, MS, CEM, PMP, a Resilient Virginia Board Member, is Director of the Office of Emergency Management for the City of Virginia Beach. She has over 15 years of experience in emergency planning and preparedness with Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad, Virginia Beach Department of Public Health and the City of Virginia Beach.

Ms. Sutton has developed leadership, organization, coalition building and communication skills while teaching and training over the last twelve years. She has over 8 years of experience in planning, designing and managing Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) compliant exercises; most recently the City of Virginia Beach Active Shooter Full Scale Exercise March 2013. She has significant experience in data management and statistical analysis and received the Governor’s Award for Workplace Safety and Health in May 2008.

Nell BoyleNell Boyle, LEED AP,  is the Past Chair of Resilient Virginia. As the Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Roanoke, Nell Boyle is responsible for the energy performance data collection and analysis for all the city’s facilities, as well community outreach regarding sustainability and green practices. Ms. Boyle began her career in green building and sustainability 10 year ago as the Executive Director of the green building non-profit C2C Home. After the completion of the C2C Home project she was hired by Breakell Inc., a local contractor, as the Director of Sustainable Practices which included corporate sustainability and she managed all LEED documentation and training. Nell has served on numerous non-profits boards and committees, particularly the U.S Green Building Council.

 

Annette OssoAnnette Osso, LEED AP, is a resiliency and sustainability professional with an extensive background in working across multiple sectors to effect change. She currently serves as the Managing Director of Resilient Virginia, which has the mission of of accelerating resiliency planning in Virginia communities through education and technical assistance. Resilient Virginia is an evolution of Virginia Sustainable Building Network (VSBN). As President of VSBN for 18 years, Annette Osso built an effective program to educate professionals, citizens, and communities about green building and sustainability throughout Virginia. She also worked with public and private partners to organize the Virginia Sustainable Future Conference series, bring the EarthCraft Virginia program into the state, and marshall the adoption of commercial building sustainability guidelines. Before VSBN, Annette Osso spearheaded seminal Green Building efforts, including the development of a joint US DOE, US EPA, and USGBC publication, the Sustainable Building Technical Manual, and the adoption of environmental, energy, and sustainability programs at the federal, state and local levels.

Resilient Cities, A Grosvenor Research Report

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 1.31.00 PMA 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. The results  Canadian cities in the top three, with U.S. cities following. A notable conclusion can also be made from the highest forecast population growth occurring in the least resilient cities from the list.

Climate Change: Cost of Inaction for Maryland’s Economy

Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 10.59.24 AMThe 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. Furthermore, the report speaks on the costs of inaction. The report concludes that risks and costs grow with increasing severity of climate change impacts and can be significantly reduced via immediate mitigation actions.

 

Risky Business: A Climate Risk Assessment For the United States

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 3.29.06 PMIn 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. In the report, climate change is likened to “Nature’s Interest-Only Loan” in order to express the economic impact the changing global environment will have in the future. Bloomberg, Paulson and Steyer conclude the risk assessment report with risk management steps to be taken in order to reduce exposure to the economic risks from climate change.

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

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 3.54.10 PMThe 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. The online PDF version of the publication is available through the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

Colorado Resiliency Framework 2016 Annual Plan

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 3.01.14 PMThe Colorado Resiliency Framework 2016 Annual Plan is an extension of the Colorado Resiliency Framework that was adopted in 2015. This plan details how the Colorado Resiliency Working Group will achieve the goals laid out in the framework, mainly via resiliency-focused projects in the community, economic, health and social, housing, infrastructure, watershed and natural resources sectors.

NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 3.35.26 PMThe National Institute of Standards and Technology has produced two volumes of a Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems. The first volume spends time describing the methodology and provides a fictitious example of the planning process while the second volume provides reference chapters to Volume 1. A four page planning guide brochure is also available for a more succinct guide to community resilience.

Norfolk’s Resilience Strategy

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 2.16.29 PMThe 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.

Annual Meeting Speakers Highlight Resiliency Initiatives Around the Commonwealth

By Allison Meade, Resilient Virginia Intern and Annette Osso, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia

On Thursday, June 30, Resilient Virginia held its 2016 Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia. Resilient Virginia took the opportunity to highlight year two accomplishments, including the first statewide Resilient Virginia Conference, and to introduce the new Board of Directors.

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The meeting hosted three guest speakers and also provided a presentation on the newly developed Resiliency Checklist for Local Governments. Our guest speakers were: Angela Navarro, the Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources; Terence Hill, a Senior Policy Advisor at EMerge Alliance; and Adrianna Vargo, the Director of Grower Services at Local Food Hub. Each took time to present on resiliency progress in their areas of work.

Angela Navarro spoke about the June 28 news release by Governor McAuliffe on the signing of Executive Order 57 to reduce carbon emissions in the state. The order directs the creation of a workgroup and steps to take towards reducing carbon pollution from the state electricity sector in order to meet the requirements of the Clean Power Plan. The news release on the signing of the order can be found at the Governor’s newsroom page.

Terence Hill followed Navarro with a short presentation on the resilient design attributes of direct current, microgrids, and transactive energy systems. Hill’s presentation on the technology involved, design options, and their impacts can be found here. Adrianna Vargo was the third guest presenter, speaking about the LocalFoodHub and their efforts in local Virginia communities. She focused on the connection of local farms to regional markets and the positive impact this has on both the farmers and consumers of the local food. Her presentation and website with details on the scope of business are provided.

Following the guest speakers, Annette Osso, Managing Director of Resilient Virginia. gave a presentation on the 2016 version of the Virginia Municipal League and Virginia Association of Counties Go Green Virginia checklist. New this year is the Resiliency Checklist section of the GoGreen Government Challenge. The Resiliency Checklist, developed by Resilient Virginia Board members and other colleagues, provides a roadmap for localities to use when assessing the state of their resiliency preparedness, finding the gaps, and planning ahead.

The checklist provides a spirited point system meant to encourage actions to reduce carbon emissions within the local government and wider community, and find out more about the GoGreen Government Challenge here. It encompasses 11 areas for action including community involvement, resiliency, energy efficiency, renewable energy, procurement, land use and transportation, environmental stewardship, water quality supply and flooding, waste management, employee incentives, and innovation.

For the last portion of the meeting, attendees were invited to give short presentations on their work with resiliency. Notable presentations included: Travorise Marks, Resilience Program Manager, from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, who spoke on emergency preparedness within the state; Joanie Freeman of Eco-Village Charlottesville, who spoke on the progress of that initiative; Vince Meldrum from Earth Force who spoke about youth involvement in stormwater management; Joyce Bodoh from the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative who spoke on the utility’s energy efficiency initiatives, and Jim Pierobon with Southeast Energy News who spoke about ongoing coverage of clean energy and conventional energy topics in the Southeastern United States. The overarching themes of mitigation and adaptation were developed and reflected on by all who participated.

Finally, Nell Boyle, the newly elected Chair of the Board of Directors, encouraged people to become involved in planning committees for upcoming programs, such as a webinar series and the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference. She encouraged support for our statewide resiliency initiatives by becoming a member or annual sponsor of Resilient Virginia.

Event Presentations

Terence Hill: Resilient/Reach Building Code

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Adrianna Vargo: Local Food Hub

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Resilient Virginia: 2016 Annual Meeting

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Reflections on the First Resilient Virginia Conference, March 22-23, 2016

Jerry Walker Headshot 2016By 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.

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