The inaugural Virginia Clean Energy Summit is set for Tuesday, September 17 at the Richmond Convention Center. Clean energy technologies, policies, and business practices that are transforming Virginia’s energy landscape — today — will be demonstrated and discussed.
The goal of the Summit is to highlight opportunities and encourage collaboration that speeds our use of more energy efficiency, solar, wind, storage, EVs, and other clean energy solutions. Conference attendees will include representatives from businesses, state and local governments, academia, and NGOs.
Just Announced: Keynote remarks by the Honorable Ralph S. Northam, Governor of Virginia.
The Summit is a unique collaboration of five leading organizations:
Maryland-DC-Delaware-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA)
Virginia Advanced Energy Economy (Virginia AEE)
Virginia Energy Efficiency Council (VAEEC)
Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance (VA-REA)
James Madison University’s Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy (OASE), Viridiant, and the Energy Division of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME) in supporting roles.
For more information click here to visit the event website.
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. A photo gallery of this event appears below; event presenations will be posted soon. Read more
On October 4th, 2018, Leaders in Energy (LE), in partnership with Resilient Virginia, held its “Utilities of the Future Forum” at the US Navy Memorial in Washington DC. The event had over 80 attendees and was an exciting opportunity to look at recent developments in the role of utilities and future of energy provision and new changes.
Recent studies have pointed out the economic costs of rising temperatures, increased sea levels, and extreme weather events — all factors associated with climate change impact in the Southeast United States.
Costs of Doing Nothing: Economic Consequences of Not Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Hampton Roads Region, a 2016 report from Virginia Coastal Policy Center, College of William & Mary Law School, narrows down the data to the Hampton Roads area. This report looks at several scenarios for sea level rise and the economic consequences.
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?
A 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.
The 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.
By 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.
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.
Resilient Arlington, a local project of Resilient Virginia, is working with area businesses and community representatives from Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, Sierra Club, Arlington Green, as well as numerous community volunteers. We also have engaged the participation of Arlington County Office of Emergency Management.
Our goal is to build awareness of the need for local resiliency planning and embark on resiliency-building activities to strengthen our community’s ability to anticipate and bounce back from climate-related and man-made challenges.
In the short term this may take the shape of more robust preparations for a return to normal household, business and community functions after extreme climate events or urban disturbances such as water line breaks, Metro breakdowns, or national security incidents.
For the long term, community resiliency planning provides the ability to adapt and thrive despite changing environmental, social and economic conditions. These challenges, exacerbated by climate change, will compel communities to rethink how they build their homes and commercial buildings, plan and build infrastructure, generate energy, produce food, and provide goods and services in their community or region.
Resilient Arlington’s first community event was held September 26, 2015 as part of the annual neighborhood celebration called Clarendon Day. Our tents featured the theme — BE READY! — in conjunction with Virginia Emergency Preparedness Month. We focused on four essentials — food availability, drinking water safety, using less energy and generating your own, and transportation options. Pictures from the event can be seen below.
Future activities, including a speaker series and a spring event, are being planned now and we invite your participation. Contact: Annette Osso, LEED AP, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia, firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-629-1650.
By Annette Osso, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia
Earth Day 2015 is just around the corner, and this year Resilient Virginia would like to share with our readers an inspirational vision of the future. This comes through our exclusive sneak peak of the ebook on The Celestia Project, which will be unveiled officially by Green Builder magazine on this Earth Day. Over the past year, chapters of The Celestia Project were featured in issues of the magazine.
The Celestia Project, created by Matthew Power, Editor-In-Chief of Green Builder magazine, presents a time capsule from the year 2100. The interactive publication takes on such topics as food security, low impact transportation, successful urban living, energy use and decarbonization, fresh water abundance, and resilience in buildings and communities.
Matthew Power provides this perspective:
“This project is really the culmination of a lifetime of writing, researching and advocating for more sustainable homes and lifestyles. It took a year to write, but many years to gather and process the ideas. It came about as a response to the prevailing dystopian views that pervade our culture. The Celestia Project argues that we don’t have to starve to death, wallowing in our own rubbish, chased by our runaway robots. Instead, we can do what needs to be done to save ourselves: wrestle with human nature, harness our technology, and build a better, greener world.”
This magazine is oriented toward residential building professionals, but also has excellent annual “Homeowner’s Handbook” and “Sustainable Landscaping Guide” issues which make it interesting reading for anyone interested in low impact living. Go to www.greenbuildermedia.com/magazine-home-page for more information.