Resilient Virginia News: August 2017

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Bring Your Family to the Free Richmond PrepareAthon! August 26, 11AM–4PM

PrepareAthon 2017Celebrate preparedness during the 2017 PrepareAthon, a free festival at the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond, that teaches the community how to be more resilient when disaster strikes! Uncover life-saving information to protect your family during an emergency and learn more about resiliency. Discover the impacts of climate change on human health, the environment, and the Chesapeake Bay.

Resilient Virginia will participate with this program again this year, as well as other organizations working in resiliency and public safety areas. There will also be resiliency-themed climate change activities in the Museum, including NOAA Science on a Sphere® demonstrations and hands-on experiments in the Eco Lab.

Science Museum of VirginiaDisaster Preparedness Workshops will take place several times during the day, and participants will take home a free Preparedness Kit, valued at $45. The event also features a Rain Barrel Workshop where families can learn about water conservation and how stormwater impacts our waterways. Register for the workshops here.

You can also hear introductory remarks by Congressman A. Donald McEachin, VA-04, and Alicia Zatcoff, City of Richmond Sustainability Director; and presentations on “Human Health Impacts of Climate Change,” by Matthew Burke, M.D., Director of State Programs, Medical Society Consortium on Climate Change and Health, and “Summer in the City—Richmond’s Urban Heat Islands,” by Jeremy Hoffman, Ph.D., Climate and Earth Science Specialist, Science Museum of Virginia.

For the full program, visit the Science Museum of Virginia website.

The 2017 PrepareAthon is hosted by Science Museum of Virginia under award #NA15SEC0080009 from the Environmental Literacy Grant (ELG) program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. Statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the Museum and do not necessarily reflect views of NOAA or U.S. Department of Commerce.


Governor McAuliffe’s Remarks at the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference

We are pleased that Governor Terry McAuliffe provided introductory remarks at the August 1–2 Resilient Virginia Conference this year. You can view his videotaped statement here.

Led by Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, our Day One Plenary Session speakers addressed resiliency perspectives from the national level as well as sharing lessons learned from Louisiana and Colorado, and the City of Richmond. The Lunch Plenary Panel provided insights into the economic value to both governments and corporations of adopting resiliency in policies and operations.

Day Two Plenary Session speakers provided highlights of the 100 Resilient Cities Planning Process and the NIST Community Resilience Planning Guide, and the final Lunchtime Plenary Panel included state elected officials who shared their thoughts on moving Virginia forward toward a comprehensive resiliency plan.

We will be sharing these thoughtful presentations, as well as Breakout Session content, with you on our website by early September.

Secretary Moran provided his own summary of why resiliency needs to be addressed in a collaborative fashion, in forums such as the Resilient Virginia Conference, when he observed that “Resilience ultimately is our ability to keep our fundamental resources — water, air, land, and critical infrastructure — safe and usable for our communities, for generations to come.”

We thank Secretary Brian Moran, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Dominion Energy, and all our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Partners, and Planning Committee Members for working to make the 2017 Resilient Virginia Conference a memorable event.


Thanks to Our 2017 Annual Sponsors


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Lifeboat Sponsors

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Resilience Events Calendar

Fall 2017 Event Highlights

  • September 21 Webinar: Making a Big Impact in Sustainability Science with Big Data
  • October 5: Virginia Urban Agriculture Conference
  • October 14: Virginia Solar Congress

Check our Resilient Events Calendar on a regular basis to find out what is happening in Virginia, around the nation, and virtually through webinars.


Membership Brings Extra Benefits This Summer!

Resilient Virginia is on a mission to

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Virginia communities to build resiliency in the face of challenges to community prosperity, national security, and changing climate.

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