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Resilient Arlington: Building Awareness for Local Resiliency Planning

Resilient ArlingtonResilient 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, osso@resilientvirginia.org, 703-629-1650.

Introducing Resilient ArlingtonClick to launch slideshow

The Celestia Project: Vision for the Future

By Annette Osso, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia

The Celestia Project

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.”

You can view the entire interactive ebook here.

About Green Builder magazine

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.

Understanding Virginia’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

This report from the Georgetown Climate Center and Old Dominion University’s Mitigation & Adaptation Research Institute touches on two threats to Virginia’s communities: rising seas, flooding, and extreme storms; and threats from extreme heat.

From the introduction: Communities across Virginia are increasingly vulnerable to severe weather influenced by changes in our climate. Population centers near the coast and tidal rivers are experiencing more flooding, farmers are increasingly contending with drought risks, and health problems are likely to be exacerbated by extreme heat and polluted air. Solutions to manage these risks exist, and implementing them will make our communities more resilient to the new conditions and challenges of our changing climate.

The report is available online as a PDF document. For additional information visit the Georgetown Climate Center website and Old Dominion University’s Mitigation & Adaptation Research Institute website.

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