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2019 Resilient Virginia Conference

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The 2019 Resilient Virginia Conference

Connecting Rural and Urban Communities for a Resilient Future

July 18–19, 2019  |  Charlottesville, Virginia


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Resilient Virginia held its 2019 Resilient Virginia Conference on July 18–19 at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia. A photo gallery of this event appears below; event presenations will be posted soon.
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2017 Resilient Virginia Conference

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The 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference

Connecting Communities, Business, and Educators for Resiliency Solutions

August 1–2, 2017  |  Richmond, Virginia


Presentations Now Available!

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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.

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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Thanks to our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Partners, and Planning Committee for their support in making the first Resilient Virginia Conference a great success!

The 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference

“Activating Communities and Businesses for a More Resilient Future”

March 22–23, 2016  |  Richmond, Virginia


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.

View the complete conference agenda here.

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Energy & Sustainability Conference: January 2013

VCU Energy & Sustainability Conference

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) hosted the Energy and Sustainability Conference in January 2013. The two-day event was organized by Virginia Sustainable Building Network and James River Green Building Council. More than 800 attendees heard national leaders across business and institutional market sectors discuss how sustainability is changing their organizations and how they’re adapting and leveraging sustainability to enhance their business results.

Click here to view the archived event website.
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4th Annual Greening Universities Conference

4th Annual Greening Universities Conference

The 4th Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges Conference was held October 22, 2009, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Highlights included

  • updates of Climate Action Plans at Virginia universities and colleges;
  • best practices in Green design and campus operations;
  • how universities and community colleges are tackling Green curricula that lead to Green jobs;
  • a tour of the LEED Platinum Rice Center and other Green projects of Virginia Commonwealth University.

Presentations from this full-day event are available below.
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Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges

Green Building Benefits in the Commercial MarketplaceVSBN organized the Second Annual Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges on October 26, 2007, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hosted by the University of Virginia, this event featured best practices in campus design, Green buildings, facility operations, and campus sustainability initiatives. Documents and PowerPoint presentations from this event are listed below.

Also available is Greening Virginia Colleges and Universities—A Report on Progress. This report of greening initiatives at select institutions of higher learning in Virginia was compiled with cooperation from the universities and colleges included in the report.
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Greening Virginia Universities and Colleges

Greening Virginia Universities and CollegesGreening Virginia Universities and Colleges was held September 26, 2006, at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. This one-day conference focused on best practices in green school design, energy management, and renewable technology, as well as green curriculum and sustainable planning. With guest speaker David Orr, Program Chair, Environmental Studies Program, Oberlin College.

The event was co-sponsored by VSBN, James Madison University, VA DMME, Virginia Sustainable Future Forum, APPA, AASHE, SCUP, SACUBO, and others.

Presentations from the event are available below.
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High Performance Schools: A Regional and International Perspective (2006)

High Performance Schools SymposiumHigh Performance Schools: A Regional and International Perspective, was co-sponsored by VSBN and held in Washington, DC on April 24, 2006. Event features included Regional Best Practices, the Winners of the Montgomery County, MD and USGBC-NCR Emerging Green Builders Portable Classroom Design Challenge, and special evening speaker, Stefan Behnisch. Cosponsors included AIA-Northern VA, CEFPI Foundation and Charitable Trust, Metro Washington COG, Montgomery County, MD Public Schools, US DOE, U.S. EPA, and Emerging Green Builders (USGBC-NCR).

Presentations from this event are available below.
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