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Updates from Resilient Virginia: November 2016

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Resilient Virginia Partners and Members Highlighted

This issue of our newsletter features some of our partners, members, and supporters.

  • Jim Redick, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the City of NorfolkWe are pleased to report that a Resilient Virginia Board of Directors Member, Jim Redick, Director of Emergency Preparedness and Response for the City of Norfolk, received the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Clayton R. Christopher Memorial Award on October 18, 2016 at the 64th Annual IAEM Conference in Savannah, Georgia. The award is presented in recognition of unselfish devotion and outstanding contributions to the overall emergency management program. Jim has worked in several emergency management positions in the Hampton Roads area, and has served for five years as the Norfolk Emergency Preparedness Director. He recognizes the importance of creating partnerships and building relationships in the field. For example, he created “Operation Brother’s Keeper,” which works with faith-based organizations to aggregate local, state, and federal resources and manpower. At the state level, he was appointed to a second term on the Virginia Governor’s Secure Commonwealth Panel and co-chaired a sub-panel focused on the high probability/high impact threat of recurrent flooding and sea level rise. You can read the City of Norfolk press release about this award here.
  • Resiliency, Sustainability, and Economic Opportunity eventWe are pleased to announce that Leaders in Energy is a new Villager Level Sponsor and a partner in Northern Virginia resiliency workshops. Resilient Virginia’s Managing Director, Annette Osso, and Leaders in Energy, led by founder Janine Finnell, carried out a well-attended and dynamic workshop and networking event on October 20, 2016, hosted by Steve Walz at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Our event, “Resiliency, Sustainability, and Economic Opportunity,” featured author and revitalization consultant Storm Cunningham and Harrison Newton, the Washington, DC point person for their new Rockefeller Foundation-funded resiliency program. Also featured was Dr. Dwane Jones, who heads the creative, hands-on Sustainable Urban Agriculture Program at the University of District of Columbia. One take-away from the event: the city is working to deal with equity issues and healthy food access, as well as threats such as extreme weather, heat waves, and terrorism. Read the Leaders in Energy article about the event here.
          Find out about the next Leaders in Energy event here.

News Flash! Are you a community organization or local government that would like to co-host a resiliency workshop with us that is tailored to your region? Contact Annette Osso, (, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia to start making plans.

  • Jerry Walker and Carrie Webster at the 2016 Henrico Energy Fair.Henrico County, a Resilient Virginia founding member and supporter, continues its outstanding efforts in energy management with a new hire. Carrie Webster, LEED AP BD+C, took the reins as the Henrico Energy Manager in September 2016. She follows Jerry Walker, CEM, LEED AP, who started the program with the County in 2003 and retired earlier this year. Carrie was previously a Senior Sustainability Coordinator with Moseley Architects, working on green building, energy, and sustainability for the past eight years. At Moseley Architects she worked on several Henrico County new construction projects that earned LEED certification, and participated as a vendor in Henrico’s Annual Energy Fair.

          As the Energy Manager, Carrie will work to carry out the mission of this department by identifying and implementing energy efficiency and green building projects in government buildings, schools, and public utility operations, and through outreach efforts will continue to foster a culture of conservation and sustainability. Carrie stated, “In my first month here, I have already been very impressed with the commitment and pride that Henrico County employees at all levels have toward the energy program and all of the county’s impressive environmental efforts. I’m very excited to be the one to carry on and build upon all the great work that has been done here over the past 13 years.” Carrie has already organized and held the 2016 Henrico Energy Fair.

          Carrie will be representing Henrico County in several energy-related professional organizations such as USGBC Greater Virginia, VEPGA, VAEEC, and of course, Resilient Virginia.

          You can review of Henrico’s past accomplishments from Jerry Walker’s Resilient Virginia Conference presentation here.

  • VaTech-ESMSHarry Gregori, a Resilient Virginia founding member, wears multiple career hats. As a Faculty Fellow at Virginia Tech, he co-leads the ISO 14001:2015 Institute. This is part of the VA Tech Environmental Sustainability and Management System Institute. The in-depth, one-year course is set up for any organization — government, business or industry or NGO — that desires to improve environmental operations by reducing compliance risk, saving money, and improving employee performance. Certificates earned through this program can help governments work toward the VML/VACO’s Go Green Challenge as well as other certifications.

          You can enroll in the next course, which begins in January 2017, through the end of November. Register by the November 30 deadline at

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Next Resilient Virginia Conference Planning Underway
Are you ready to help with the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference planning? Let us know your ideas for speakers, sessions, and exhibitors by joining us at the next Planning Committee Meeting on December 1. Contact Annette Osso ( to sign up for the Planning Committee.

Thanks to Our 2016 Annual Sponsors

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Highlights for November and December, 2016

In addition to these events, check our Resilient Events Calendar on a regular basis to find out what is happening in Virginia and virtually through webinars.

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