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Updates from Resilient Virginia: April 2015

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Resilient Virginia has launched!

With leaders from government, the private sector, academia, and community organizations at the helm, this organization has started on its path of accelerating resiliency planning in Virginia communities.

Our focus is to INFORM the Commonwealth’s diverse communities on the issues associated with community resilience. It is to EDUCATE residents about resilience concepts, and finally it is to ACTIVATE stakeholders to create sector-oriented action plans so that we are ready for changes in the climate, environment, and economy — whether those changes are natural or the result of human activity.

It is our VISION to ensure that adaptation to these challenges is made in a manner that provides for healthy, vibrant, and safe communities in which to live, work, and raise future generations.

The Celestia Project ebookAn example of the thought-provoking and useful resources Resilient Virginia brings to you is the direct link to The Celestia Project ebook, officially unveiled by Green Builder magazine on Earth Day 2015. Created by Matthew Power, Editor-In-Chief of Green Builder magazine, this interactive journal presents a time capsule from the year 2100. With the goal of providing a hopeful vision of the future, the journal looks at such topics as food security, low-impact transportation, vibrant urban living, energy use and decarbonization, fresh water abundance, and resilience in buildings and communities. You can read more about the ebook on our website at this link.

What Resilient Virginia has accomplished to date:

  • Website startup (resilientvirginia.org)
  • February 19, 2015 Launch Meeting (view presentations and pictures here)
  • Additional information sources identified
  • Partnership development continues
  • An active calendar of events around the state (resilientvirginia.org/calendar)
  • Fall Conference set for September 29 and 30, 2015.

We need your support!

To further our work of bringing you resiliency resources and action tools that address the many aspects of resiliency, we need your support! We are requesting that you:

Thank you for your interest in Resilient Virginia! Your support helps communities around the Commonwealth prepare for a successful future.

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Today we will be joined by Caetano de Campos Lopes from The Community Climate Collaborative at the final session of our Spring Resiliency Academy. Caetano will provide information about the C3 Virginia Transit Tool, that supports community-led initiatives to advocate for better transit planning and will illustrate this approach as it is being carried out in the Charlottesville, Va area. Learn more and register: https://resilientvirginia.org/resources/events/resiliency-academy
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Angela Conroy from Virginia Department of Environmental Quality will be joining us tomorrow (June 9th) at the 4th (and final!) session of our Spring Resiliency Academy. Angela will update the audience on how the $93 million in funds from the Volkswagen Settlement Agreement has been allocated through the Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund for EV charging network projects, electric buses for schools, the port electrification project, and the Clean Air Communities Program, and what funding is still available for grants to localities. Learn more and register at https://resilientvirginia.org/resources/events/resiliency-academy.
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Join us June 9th for our final Spring Resiliency Academy. This Thursday, Susan Howard from American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) will discuss transportation programs and funding created through this Federal legislation. Learn more and register at https://resilientvirginia.org/resources/events/resiliency-academy.
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Calendar

Due to COVID-19, please check listings for cancellations.
  • A Framework for Evaluating GHG Emissions Information for Decision Making
    Date: June 28, 2022
    Location:

    This interactive workshop will include discussions about needs, challenges, and opportunities related to meeting the needs of stakeholders; developing independent, transparent, and comparable greenhouse gas information; understanding and addressing biases in data, models, and…

  • Southeast Climate Monthly Webinar
    Date: June 28, 2022
    Location:

    2022 Hurricane Outlook, Matthew Rosencrans, NOAA Climate Prediction Center

    Register here.

  • Federal Energy Funding 101
    Date: June 28, 2022
    Location:

    Join Clean Energy Business Network on an interactive virtual platform to learn about federal programs to support energy entrepreneurs and communities.

    Learn more and register More details...

  • RNPN Ideation Hour: Extreme Heat Resilience
    Date: June 29, 2022
    Location:

    Join The Resilient Nation Partnership Network (RNPN), the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, and the City of Phoenix for a discussion about the impacts of extreme heat across the country. We encourage you…

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