Register now for the Rural Resiliency Forum, October 23, 2018 at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia.
The Resilient Virginia Rural Resiliency Forum’s goal is to bring together public, private, and university stakeholders who are interested in improving the resiliency and prosperity of rural areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Anticipated outcomes of the forum include:
- Improved collaboration and program coordination by community leaders, state and federal administrators, businesses, private landowners, and the public;
- Immediate actions to implement resiliency activities in rural communities, supported by existing resources, state or federal programs, and funding; and
- Policy recommendations at the state level.
We recognize that “community resiliency plans” can include many aspects, including economic development, energy options, food security, infrastructure and buildings, ecosystem services, mitigation and emergency preparedness plans, land use planning, and social issues such as health and education. This forum will focus on the interconnection of four broad areas:
- Resilient Agriculture and Forestry
- Green and Blue Infrastructure
- Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Preparedness
- Incorporating a Resiliency Approach to Planning
As an attendee this is your opportunity to:
- Learn about the benefits of resiliency plans for rural communities;
- Find out about existing state and federal resiliency-related programs and funding that your community can utilize immediately;
- Share information on what your farm, business, or local government is currently doing to help make your community more resilient;
- Provide your suggestions for how the state, university, and private programs could be more helpful; and
- Take away valuable resources, new ideas, and beneficial contacts.
Who should attend:
- State and local elected officials
- Planning district commission staff
- Local government planning and economic development staff
- Public and private groups working in environmental and sustainability areas
- Regional and local emergency management representatives
- Farm and forest owners and related business organizations
- University students and professors working in resiliency-related areas
Rural Resiliency Forum
October 23, 2018
9:00 am–3:00 pm
Frontier Culture Museum
1290 Richmond Avenue
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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.
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) produced a report in November 2015 that expanded upon climate impacts addressed in the American Climate Prospectus. The report includes estimates on climate change’s effects on infrastructure, tourism, ecosystems, agriculture, water resources, and human health. Furthermore, the report speaks on the costs of inaction. The report concludes that risks and costs grow with increasing severity of climate change impacts and can be significantly reduced via immediate mitigation actions.
The 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.
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.
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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
“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.