Investing Time, Resources, and Energy into Our Communities
Communities face increasing threats from extreme weather events and unpredictable climate patterns while continuing to experience economic, environmental, health, and other social stresses. It is critical that communities identify, address, and prepare for these risks and challenges to secure a livable future. This takes an enormous investment of time, resources, and energy.
While we need to be investing in our planet and communities every day, Earth Day is an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to securing a more livable future for all. When we invest our time, resources, and energy into addressing climate, social, and economic risks, this investment can positively impact communities for generations.
This year, Resilient Virginia is strategically investing our time, resources, and energy into our communities while staying true to our goals of Informing, Educating, and Activating. We would like to take the opportunity this Earth Day to let you know about a few of these activities.
2023 Resilient Virginia Conference
We have been busy planning our 2023 Resilient Virginia Conference, which will be held August 1st-2nd at UVA’s Darden School of Business with the option to attend virtually. This year’s conference will focus on how local governments, organizations, businesses, and higher education institutions can tap into the vast amount of funding that is now available for resilience initiatives, research, and planning efforts. This unprecedented economic funding can assist communities develop and implement strategies that will help them remain economically viable and socially vibrant places to work and live for years to come. Registration Opens April 30, 2023!
We decided that our website needed a spring cleaning. We are making it easier to navigate, learn about resilience, find resources and tools, and learn more about the on-the-ground work Resilient Virginia is doing. We are in the final stages of this reorganization and the new website design should be live soon.
Resilient Virginia Resource Hub
Along with our newly cleaned and organized website, we are excited to announce the launch of the Resilient Virginia Resource Hub. We have spent the last year working on this and would like to recognize all of the hard work that our student interns put into this essential tool. We are taking advantage of easily navigable software to provide a way for you to find the tools and resources that can help your community plan for resilience. With the addition of hundreds of additional resources, this will become an invaluable tool for those who are working on resilience initiatives. The Resilient Virginia Resource Hub will launch at the same time as our website relaunch.
How You Can Invest in Virginia's Communities With Us
Support the 2023 Resilient Virginia Conference
The 2023 Resilient Virginia Conference brings together participants from federal, state, and local governments; local and national businesses; representatives from higher education; and community organizations to learn about a diverse array of resiliency topics.
Participants in the 2023 Conference will:
- Learn about federal programs that are distributing IIJA and ERA funds, as well as state-level funding initiatives;
- Discover business development options ranging from new climate entrepreneurships to growing demand for climate-resilient infrastructure and energy sources;
- Gain insights on resilience policy progress in Virginia and across the region;
- Compare local Climate Action Plans and Climate Resiliency Plans in Virginia jurisdictions and in neighboring states;
- Engage in networking with resiliency businesses, government representatives, and institutional and community organizations; and
- Take away tools for resiliency planning that help communities deal with increased hazards while addressing equity considerations for vulnerable citizens.
You can support the conference by registering to attend (opens April 30th), sponsoring, and joining our Planning Committee (email Tracy at Garland@ResilientVirginia.org for more information).
Resilient Virginia members receive a discount on the conference registration. Learn more about membership below.
Join Resilient Virginia
Your membership to Resilient Virginia is an investment in Virginia’s communities – helping us provide outstanding services and programs, including educational opportunities to an extensive audience from the government, local and national businesses, higher education, and community groups; working with university students to gain real-world experience on resilience issues; and on-the-ground assistance to communities across the state.
With your membership you have access to reliable, timely, and relevant information; discounts to all of our educational webinars and conferences where you will learn from expert speakers in the resiliency field; access to videos and slides from our previous academies and conference; and an invitation to our listening and planning sessions where you can help us determine the path that will be most impactful.