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Resilient Virginia’s Rural Resiliency Forum was held October 23, 2018 at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia.
by MIRIAM ACZEL
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.
Are you prepared for extreme rain events, rising heat or emergencies like hurricanes or tornadoes? If you’re not sure, then join the Science Museum of Virginia on August 25 for PrepareAthon, a free festival that teaches the community how to be more resilient when disaster strikes!
Uncover life-saving information to protect your family during an emergency and learn more about resiliency. Activities will take place throughout the Museum and include rain barrel and preparedness kit making workshops, NOAA Science on a Sphere® climate demonstrations, hands-on experiments in the Eco Lab and sustainable building challenges.
NBC 12 meteorologist Megan Wise will be on-site to talk about Virginia weather and exhibitors from government organizations, academic institutions, businesses, emergency management agencies and community groups across the state will provide helpful tips, resources and giveaways. Plus, the first 300 guests to complete the PrepareAthon Passport will win a useful preparedness prize!
When: Saturday, August 25 from 11 am to 4 pm
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220-2057
Find out more at www.smv.org/upcoming-events/prepareathon
Our organization has teamed with groups around the Commonwealth to offer the following events:
Coming up soon!
Monday, March 19: Noon–1:00 pm
Co-hosted with the US Green Building Council Virginia
The USGBC Virginia Community is partnering with Resilient Virginia to provide a Resiliency Education Series focused on improving the resilience of buildings, infrastructure, and communities in the Commonwealth. The USGBC Virginia Community has embarked on this series in recognition of the 2014 industry statement on resilience released by America’s design and construction industry. That statement recognizes that “natural and manmade hazards pose an increasing threat to the safety of the public and the vitality of our nation.” Addressing issues of community resilience are critical to better prepare and recover from these hazards.
Join us for our first event this coming Monday, March 19 in Roanoke to learn more about tools and strategies available to building practitioners, community leaders, and resiliency advocates. USGBC Community members and Resilient Virginia members receive a discounted rate to attend. One hour of GBCI CE credit will be offered where applicable.
We are pleased to feature the following speakers at this presentation:
- Danielle B. Bishop, PE, Stormwater Division, City of Roanoke
- Dwayne D’Ardenne, Stormwater Utility Manager, City of Roanoke
Tuesday, April 3: 6:00–8:00 pm
Co-hosted with the Science Museum of VirginiaRegister Now
Find out how you can take home a free tree and register here.
Have you ever wanted to know the steps you can take today to make your house more resilient to storms and summer heat while saving money on your bills? This workshop, sponsored by the Science Museum of Virginia and Resilient Virginia, will connect you with local options for stormwater and heat-reducing green infrastructure at your own home. Local experts will discuss diverse topics such as the role of trees in stormwater management and managing water in your yard using rain gardens, permeable pavers, and rain barrels. The workshop is free and participants can take home a shade tree or bush provided by the TreeLab to plant in your yard.
- Chris McCormick, Natural Resource Specialist, Green Infrastructure Center: The Role of Trees in Stormwater Management and Richmond’s Green Infrastructure Assessment
- Jeremy Hoffman, SMV Climate Scientist: Demonstration of Stormwater Management with the Ready Row House
- Amy Hagerdon, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay: Managing Water in Your Yard: Rain Gardens, Permeable Pavers, and Rain Barrels
- Richmond Stormwater Utility Speaker (Invited): The City’s Incentive Program for Installing Rain Gardens in Your Yard
- Aaron McFarland, TreeLab Manager: Information on Trees and Plants That Help Your Home Stay Cool, Dry, and Green
Saturday, April 14: 10:00am–4:00 pm
Co-hosted with Arlington CountyFind Out More
Save the date to find out about sustainable and resilient home design, repair, and products; how to make your home “storm-ready”; and talk to representatives from businesses and organizations that can help you with energy efficiency, stormwater management, urban gardens, and solar systems for your home. Watch for announcements on special guests who will be speaking about making your home “storm-ready” at the Arlington Home Show on Saturday, April 14.
2017 Resilient Virginia Conference Delivers on its Promise to Connect Communities, Businesses, and Educators for Resiliency Solutions
For the second year, our Resilient Virginia Conference was a great success, bringing together state, local, and national leaders to share know-how and inspire further efforts toward local resiliency actions. Conference participants shared these comments:
“Amazing to see such a gathering in Virginia!”
“Well worth attending for the diverse topics, people, and interactions!”
“A truly fantastic event!”
We are pleased that Governor Terry McAuliffe kicked off the event with a statement about the importance of holding the second Resilient Virginia Conference. You can view his statement here.
You will also be able to revisit the insights provided by national and state-level experts in the Plenary Sessions, as we will be including their presentations on our website in video format. Led by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, conference speakers addressed resiliency perspectives from the national level as well as sharing lessons learned from Louisiana and Colorado. The Lunch Plenary Panel provided insights into the economic value to both governments and corporations of adopting resiliency in policies and operations. In addition, Day Two Plenary Session speakers provided highlights of the 100 Resilient Cities Planning Process and the NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide, and the final Lunchtime Plenary Panel included state elected officials who shared their thoughts on moving Virginia forward toward a comprehensive resiliency plan.
We will also be sharing the Breakout Session presentations that included a wide range of topics, which can be reviewed on the conference website.
Secretary Moran provided his own summary of why resiliency needs to be addressed in a collaborative fashion, in forums such as the Resilient Virginia Conference, when he observed that “Resilience ultimately is our ability to keep our fundamental resources — water, air, land, and critical infrastructure — safe and usable for our communities, for generations to come.”
We thank Secretary Moran, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Dominion Energy, and all our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Partners, and Planning Committee Members for working to make the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference a memorable event.
Annette Osso, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia
Celebrate preparedness during PrepareAthon, a free festival that teaches the community how to be more resilient when disaster strikes! Uncover life-saving information to protect your family during an emergency and learn more about resiliency. Local experts will discuss the impacts of climate change on human health, the environment and the Chesapeake Bay.
Enjoy resiliency-themed climate change activities in the Museum, including NOAA Science on a Sphere® demonstrations, hands-on experiments in Eco Lab and beyond. Build your own solitary bee nest, make your own water filter and check out a bicycle-powered blender that makes delicious smoothies!
Register here for a Disaster Preparedness Workshop and come away with a free Preparedness Kit, valued at $45, and meet with local experts to discuss safety preparedness. Or register here for a free Rain Barrel Workshop, limited to one per family, and learn about water conservation and how stormwater impacts our waterways.
PrepareAthon is hosted by Science Museum of Virginia under award # NA15SEC0080009 from the Environmental Literacy Grant (ELG) program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Department of Commerce. Statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the Museum and do not necessarily reflect views of NOAA or US Department of Commerce.
When: Saturday, August 26 from 11 am to 4 pm
Where: Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220-2057
- Save the Date! Aug. 1–2: Resilient Virginia Conference
- Extreme Event Game: April 22 @ the Arlington Home Show
- Financing Resiliency: Infrastructure, Energy, and Farm Preservation
- NOVA Tackles Resiliency
- Resilient Events Calendar
- Your Membership Counts!
The 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference
Connecting Communities, Business, and Educators for Resiliency Solutions
August 1–2, 2017 | Richmond, Virginia
Resiliency, Sustainability, and Economic Opportunities in the DC Region
Organized by Leaders in Energy and Resilient Virginia
When: October 20, 6:00–8:30PM
Where: Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
777 North Capitol Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Training Room First Floor
PrepareAthon 2016 took place August 27, 2016, and offered participants activities and information focused on emergency preparedness; sustainable lifestyle options such as energy saving homes, local food, healthy lifestyles, and stormwater; and adaptation strategies such as installing solar or wind systems. Local emergency responders, including Richmond Fire and Emergency Services and Red Cross representatives, were available, and hands-on workshops — for example, build your own emergency preparedness kit or rain barrel — and a variety of hands-on activities for children and adults were part of the event.
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.
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.
We are pleased to announce the Official Launch Meeting of Resilient Virginia, taking place February 19, from 9 AM–4 PM, at the Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23294.
As you know, Virginia Sustainable Building Network provided educational events, programs, and networking for 18 years to promote high-performance buildings and sustainable development around the state of Virginia. Now a group of leaders from government, the private sector, academia, and VSBN have come together to transform the VSBN into Resilient Virginia in order to accelerate resiliency planning in Virginia communities.
VSBN’s 18th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, “Success in Promoting Sustainable Buildings and Communities,” was held June 26, 2013 at the University of Richmond’s Jepson Center.
Russell Perry, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, Co-Director, Sustainable Design and Office Director, SmithGroupJJR, spoke on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Brock Environmental Center, the first Living Building Challenge structure in Virginia, and Scott’s Run Station South, a sustainable redevelopment project in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia.