Read about our third statewide conference on resiliency!
Resilient Virginia held its 2019 Resilient Virginia Conference on July 18–19 at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. Event presentations, videos of four plenary sessions, and a photo gallery are now available in the Agenda section below.
This year’s theme, Connecting Rural and Urban Communities for a Resilient Future, highlights the roles of Virginia’s rural and urban communities in addressing challenges they face from increased disruption by extreme weather events, climate change, national security risks, and on-going concerns related to economic and community health.
The 2019 Resilient Virginia Conference brings together participants from state and local governments, local and national businesses, and representatives from higher education and community organizations to learn about a diverse array of resiliency topics — ranging from resilient building and infrastructure design, reducing emissions from the transportation sector, resiliency in mitigation and emergency management planning, health and equity concerns, economic opportunities, and the role of ecosystems and agricultural practices in mitigation.
Gain insights on Governor Northam’s resiliency initiatives;
Develop an understanding of resiliency progress in Virginia jurisdictions and in neighboring states;
Engage in networking with resiliency businesses, government representatives, and institutional and community organizations; and
Take away tools that can be used for resiliency planning in their own communities.
The 2019 Resilient Virginia Conference is a certified Virginia Green event.
The 2019 Resilient Virginia Conference provides a unique and multi-faceted forum to inform, educate, and activate communities across Virginia about the benefits of resiliency planning.
THURSDAY, JULY 18
Registration and Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors
Plenary Session 1 – Main Auditorium Welcome and Recognition of Sponsors Andrew Sorrell, Chairman, Resilient Virginia, and Deputy Director, Tobacco Commission Annette Osso, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia
SPEAKERS Robbie Talbert, Virginia Department of Forestry — The Value of Trees Chandler van Voorhis, ACRE Investment Management LLC — Carbon Pricing and the Healthy Watersheds Project Darren Coffey, The Berkley Group — Orange and Essex Counties Pilot for the Healthy Watersheds Project
MODERATOR Ellen Graap Loth, CPEA, CHMMl, Cardno Inc.
SPEAKERS Michael Lenox, Ph.D., Darden School of Business, UVA — Moving the Clean Tech Economy Forward Janine Finnell, Leaders in Energy — The Role for Circular Economy Emily Yates, Urban Revolution Group — Circular Charlotte
SPEAKERS Karen Campblin, Environmental and Climate Justice, NAACP-VA — Equity in Community Resilience Planning Barbara Brown Wilson, Ph.D., Urban & Environmental Planning, UVA — Community Driven Design Liz Chapman, AIA, LEED AP ND, Grimm + Parker Architects — Accountable Community Engagement Leading Redevelopment: A Case Study
MODERATOR Nina Morris, Office for Sustainability, UVA
SPEAKERS Alysson Blackwelder, USGBC — LEED Products for Resiliency Steve Sunderman, RA, LEED AP BD+C, BPI, Terrazia PC — Designing for Durability Maureen Roskoski, CFM, SFP, LEED AP O+M, ISO 22301 Lead Auditor, Facility Engineering Associates PC — Resilient Facility Operations
SPEAKERS JiQiu (JQ) Yuan, P.E., Ph.D., PMP, Multi-Hazard Mitigation, NIBS — Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves and Next Steps Ann Phillips, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret), Coastal Adaptation and Protection, Virginia Office of the Governor — Updates on Coastal Adaptation and Protection in Virginia Robbie Coates, Virginia Department of Emergency Management — State Mitigation Programs
MODERATOR Erin Sutton, MS, CEM, PMP, Virginia Beach Office of Energy Management
Lunch and Networking — Main Dining Hall
Plenary Session 2 — Main Auditorium Rural and Urban Resiliency: A Dialogue on Interdependence Moderator: Jonah Fogel, Ph.D, Program Manager, Environmental Resilience Institute, UVA Speakers:
Anthony Flaccavento, Founder and President, SCALE: Sequestering Carbon, Accelerating Local Economies
Amy Thompson, AICP, LEED AP ND, Senior Planner and Jon Penndorf, FAIA, Sustainability Leader, Perkins + Will
SPEAKERS Tod Wickersham, Beneficial Results, LLC — Soil Health and Agricultural Practices Introduction Dena Liebman, Future Harvest/CASA — Maryland and Regional Agricultural Initiatives Chris Lawrence, NRCS-USDA (video) — Soil Health Science Brent Wills, Virginia Association of Biological Farmers — Experience from the Field
SPEAKERS Courtney Dozier, Virginia Office of the Governor — Virginia’s Broadband Initiative Tim Denning, Ascent Virginia — Business Opportunities Connecting Urban & Rural Taylor Brown, SunTribe Solar — Solar for Economic Expansion in Southwest Virginia
MODERATOR Jennifer Woofter, Strategic Sustainability Consulting
SPEAKERS Dr. Samantha Ahdoot, Virginia Clinicians for Climate Action — Overview of Climate Change Health Impacts Charles Goyette, Sustainability, Inova Health System — Hospital Sustainability and Climate Change Education Dr. Kyle Enfield, Internal Medicine, UVA Health System — Respiratory Health Impacts
MODERATOR Rebecca Dillingham, MD/MPH, Center for Global Health, UVA
SPEAKERS Alleyn Harned, Virginia Clean Cities — Decarbonizing Transportation, the Big Picture Chris Bast, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality — The VW Settlement and Regional Electrification Rebecca Duff, Battan Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UVA — Path to 2060: Electrification of the Auto Industry
SPEAKERS Joanne Throwe and Dan Nees, Center for Global Sustainability, University of Maryland — US EPA’s Program to Assess Resiliency and Develop Adaptation Financing Debra Knopman, MARISA (Mid-Atlantic Regional Sciences & Assessments) and Pamela Braff, VIMS – MARISA — Regional Resiliency Resources from a NOAA-Funded Program
MODERATOR Sirirat Tavanapong, Advance Planning, Jacobs
SPEAKERS Anthony Flaccavento, SCALE — Rural Economics from the Ground Up French Price, Virginia Cooperative Extension — Farm to Table Connections through the Value Chain Michael Reilly, Slow Money Virginia — Financing the Virginia Foodshed
SPEAKERS Mary Margaret Frank, Ph.D., Darden School of Business, UVA — Impact Investing Greg Montgomery, Clean Source Capital — Green Bonds for Infrastructure Financing Abigail Johnson, Virginia PACE Authority — CPACE for Resiliency
SPEAKERS Corey Miles, Northern Virginia Regional Commission — Planning for Resilient Critical Infrastructure in Northern Virginia Scott Smith, Public Works, Coastal Resiliency, City of Norfolk — Update on Norfolk’s Ohio Creek Project Tanya Denckla Cobb, Institute for Engagement and Negotiation, UVA — Identifying Critical Infrastructure Adaptation Needs on Virginia’s Eastern Shore
MODERATOR Angela King, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, W&M
SPEAKERS Mary Shoemaker, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) — Energy Efficiency’s Role in Resiliency Seth Mullendore, Clean Energy Group — Solar + Storage’s Potential for Resiliency in the Southeast US David Comis, Maryland Energy Administration — Maryland’s Resiliency Hubs Program
MODERATOR Vestal Tutterow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Presenters will address electric buses, biofuels, disaster resilience with alternative-fueled vehicles, and universities helping develop community transportation alternatives.
Presenters Mark Roberts, CEO, Sonny Merryman — EV for Clean Transit and Pupil Transit Susan Susanke, Vice President, Sustainable Energy Strategies — Low Carbon Biofuels Cassie Powers, Managing Director, Programs, NASEO — Disaster Resilience with Alternative Fuel Vehicles Francis Chase Collins, Community Acceleration with Universities
Moderator David Robinson, Creative Director, Birch Studio
Local governments provide “how to get involved” and “lessons learned” information on this federal program that promotes resiliency improvements and lower insurance rates.
Workshop Presenters Ken Somerset, Building Official, Floodplain Manager, Town of Poquoson Jonet Prevost-White, Operations Manager, City of Richmond Danielle DeHart, Environmental Specialist, City of Roanoke Michael Vernon, Director of Business Development, The Flood Fixer
Moderators Denise Nelson, PE, CFM, EnvSP, LEED AP, Environmental Engineer, The Berkley Group Susannah Smith, Zoning Administrator, Town of Warrenton
Presenters will address making electric vehicles and renewables more affordable for homeowners and the University of Virginia’s role in moving their community toward alternative-fueled vehicles. Visit the alternative fueled vehicles on display.
Presenters Aaron Sutch, Executive Director, VA Solar United Neighbors — Affordable Decarbonizing with EVs and Renewables Mike Duffy, Transportation Operations and Fleet Manager, Facilities Management, UVA, and Jesse Warren, PE Sustainability Program Manager, Buildings and Operations, UVA — Driving Change at the Community Level Cassie Powers, NASEO Mike Raschid, Perrone Robotics (invited)
A presentation on a collaborative Smithsonian and Piedmont Environmental Council effort that provides insight into how to balance growth while maintaining rural roots, sustainability, and ecological health.
Workshop Co-Presenters Carlyle Howard, Director of Communications, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Sean Tubbs, Field Representative, Piedmont Environmental Council
We are pleased that our Conference Planning Committee includes representatives from national organizations, state and local government, the private sector, and academia.
Annette Osso, LEED AP, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia
Elizabeth Andrews, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, W&M
Sharon Baxter, VA Department of Environmental Quality
Nell Boyle, City of Roanoke
Curtis Brown, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Bob Burkholder, ClarkNexsen
Chase Counts, Community Housing Partners
Nicole Duimstra, Secure Futures
Jerry Eastridge, GSPH LLC
Jonah Fogel, UVA Environmental Resilience Institute
Jane Frantz, Dewberrry
Tracy Garland, Resilient Virginia
Ellen Graap Loth, Cardno
Jill Greiner, City of Charlottesville
Alleyn Harned, VA Clean Cities
Zane Havens, ClarkNexsen
Mary Carlyle Howard, Smithsonian Institution Changing Landscapes Initiative
Lisa Jeffrey, Hazen and Sawyer
Robin Jones, VA DMME
Rebecca Joyce, Central Shenandoah PDC
James Keck, Virginia Commonwealth University
Angela King, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, W&M
John McCarthy, Piedmont Environmental Council
Chris McDonald, Virginia Association of Counties
Denise McFadden, 2rw Consulting
Tonya Neaves, George Mason University
Denise Nelson, The Berkley Group
Speaker Pollard, Williams Mullen
Marci Posey, Small Business Administration
Meghan Quinn, VA Department of Environmental Quality
Michael Reilly, Slow Money
Kristel Riddervold, City of Charlottesville
Cliona Robb, Christian & Barton
Monica Rokicki, Better Building Works
Maureen Roskoski, Facilities Engineering Associates PC
William Scarpinato, AECOM
Ryan Snow, USGBC Resilience
Andy Sorrell, Tobacco Commission
Sarah Spengeman, Health Care Without Harm
Janice Stroud-Bickes, USDA Rural Development
Steve Sunderman, Terrazia
Erin Sutton, City of Virginia Beach
Robbie Talbert, VA Department of Forestry
Sirirat Tavanapong, Jacobs
Vestal Tutterow, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory
Matt Wade, VA Clean Cities
Tod Wickersham, Beneficial Results
Cindy Zork, USGBC Virginia
The Darden Inn rooms reserved for the Resilient Virginia Conference are no longer available. We suggest using a search site such as this one to find other options for hotels near the UVA Darden School.
The conference venue for 2019 is the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. We are pleased to hold this event at a facility with a significant commitment to sustainable business practices that include physical and operational improvements, such as composting, recycling, and energy-use reduction, to reduce environmental impact. Darden is now a zero-carbon facility, due to its commitment to purchase the entire output of a 160-acre solar facility, and plans to be a carbon-neutral enterprise by 2020. Darden was awarded the Virginia Green Travel Star Award in recognition of its accomplishments.
Conference Center Location
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia
100 Darden Boulevard
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
The UVA Inn at Darden is the official host of the 2019 Resilient Virginia Conference and we invite you to stay on‑site. Participants can take advantage of a special $129 per night rate at UVA Inn at Darden. This special rate includes daily gourmet breakfast buffet, high-speed WiFi, and garage parking.
There are three easy ways to reserve your room at UVA Inn at Darden:
The world is facing an unprecedented convergence of crises as the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding existing health, economic and environmental problems. Experts are weighing in on what the pandemic can teach us about climate change and how we can use this crisis to learn, adapt, and come out more resilient on the other side. Below are links to timely articles and information.
Resilient Virginia News – June 2020: COVID Brings Urgency to Climate Resiliency; Introducing Resilient Virginia’s New Website; Introductions and Thanks: 2020–2021 Board of Directors; Eat Local — COVID or Not; General Assembly Passes Landmark Bills; Report on Resiliency Proposals for the 2018 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code; Virginia’s Statewide Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resilience; more.
Join USGBC’s Senior Policy Council, Liz Beardsley, the Executive Director of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, Chelsea Harnish, and Annette Osso, LEED AP, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia, for a policy re-cap from the 2020 session.