Accelerating resiliency planning in communities across the Commonwealth

Institute for Sustainable Communities: Community Resilience

Home » Community Action » Institute for Sustainable Communities: Community Resilience

Institute for Sustainable Communities: Community Resilience

Home » Community Action » Institute for Sustainable Communities: Community Resilience

Institute for Sustainable Communities: Community ResilienceThe areas of impact that the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) focuses on are factories, community resilience, and cities. This website shares international best practices and experience, providing technical expertise and training, and building the capacity of local organizations.

ISC demonstrates to factories that environment, health, and safety improvements can go hand-in-hand with improved competitiveness and profitability. ISC’s insight helps businesses in coordination with the global and local brands they supply, to adopt climate-smart and socially compliant technologies and practices that result in greener, safer production.

ISC connects factories with their surrounding communities, which helps tackle resource issues of common concern (such as water management). These strengthened partnerships lead to greater community and supply chain resilience. ISC helps institutions and leaders in underserved communities by providing them with knowledge, strategic funding, and tools to accelerate their resilience initiatives. ISC is finding new ways to apply technologies like green infrastructure, solar, and living shorelines to bolster social, economic, and environmental resilience.

ISC works to foster connections to help communities tackle immediate economic, social, or environmental problems between neighbors and bridges long-standing social divides. ISC is working with local leaders to customize and integrate best practices that feature data-driven and locally relevant solutions such as green building, renewable energy use, and low-carbon transportation.

ISC introduces its partners to cutting-edge action and resources online via their knowledge center, in-person through workshops, and on a day-to-day basis in direct neighborhood and city technical assistance engagements. Cities can be laboratories for change. ISC seeks to break down silos, leading to local solutions that directly address systemic inequities and hold cross-cutting benefits.

ISC works to find or create the financing vehicles and public-private partnerships that metro-regions need to implement sustainability solutions.

Click here for more information.

Become a Member
Become a Sponsor
Become a Volunteer

Sign Up for E-News

Get news and notifications from Resilient Virginia.

The Resilience Calendar

  • Electrification of Ports Listening Session
    Date: June 1, 2023

    Join the leaders of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition, Virginia Clean Cities, Mid-Atlantic Electrification Partnership & Argonne National Laboratory to learn about electrification of ports, recreational and commercial boats. The goal of…

  • Incorporating Indigenous Knowledges into Federal Research and Management - Session 3
    Date: June 1, 2023

    Session 5: Best practices for engaging with Tribal Nations and Indigenous peoples surrounding ITEK

    In this webinar series, speakers will explore what it means to ethically engage with Indigenous Knowledges in resource management…

  • Electric School Buses: Maximize Savings with EPA Funding and Charge Management
    Date: June 5, 2023

    A discussion on electric school bus funding and charging management. Learn how your school can benefit from electric school buses!

    Learn more and register More details...

  • National Resilience Listening Session
    Date: June 6, 2023

    Join FEMA for one of Their resilience listening sessions and contribute to the development of national resilience guidance.

    Learn more and register More details...

Latest News & Resources

Economic Opportunities for Community Resilience

There is no question that our communities are experiencing the impacts of change – change in climate; population shifts; technological advancements; displaced economies; to name a few. This coupled with aging infrastructure, lack of capacity to address these new challenges, and long-established inequities combine to reduce a community’s livelihood.

Read More »