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Communication Brief: June 17, 2020

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Communication Brief: June 17, 2020

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Online Learning Opportunities

Check out our web calendar for more events

Environmental Resilience Institute, University of Virginia

Climate Restoration Webinar

In early 2020, ERI launched an interdisciplinary research called the Climate Restoration Initiative to bridge negative emissions research and practice. We have built a team that will study the challenge from the full and necessary range of perspectives, including the technological, biophysical, and societal. The team will focus their efforts in two research areas where UVa has established expertise and is gaining momentum as a global leader,

ERI scholars are working to develop integrative models on regional to global scales. These models will be capable of better understanding the interactions between negative emissions strategies and various environmental policy objectives, including but not limited to water quality, water availability, ecosystem health, and renewable energy  generation.

ERI scholars are also working to understand how a portfolio of negative emissions strategies can be integrated across the landscapes of Virginia and the eastern United States more broadly. The viability of negative emissions technologies will be impacted by decisions made at the regional level (e.g., land use in forestry, agriculture; habitat conservation and restoration; building codes; water management; social acceptance and support). Tools are being developed to better understand choices in negative emissions and carbon mitigation, and how those impact human activities and communities.

Thursday, June 18, 2020
1:00–2:00 p.m. EST

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NC Resilient Business Webinar

On June 2, North Carolina released the NC Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan, which is the culmination of more than a year of collaborative work between state agencies and stakeholders. As a product of Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 80, this comprehensive document addresses the risks posed to North Carolina by climate change and provides preliminary actions that NC can take to make our state and economy more resilient and prosperous.

E2 will present the findings in this report and, using a facilitated virtual discussion, dive deeper into what this plan means for businesses, industry and North Carolina’s economy.

Sushma Masemore, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment & State Energy Director at NC DEQ will discuss key findings of the plan and the steps we need to take to proactively address current climate risks and vulnerabilities.

Dave Petri, Founder and Principal at Cynosura Consulting, will provide business insights into the interconnections of supply chain, property and workforce resilience as well as the importance of land restoration and resilience to North Carolina’s outdoor industry.

Join to hear more about how this historic document will help North Carolina businesses chart a path forward to a clean, resilient economic future.

Thursday, June 25, 2020
4:00–5:00 p.m. EST

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Resilient Virginia

Introducing Resilient Virginia’s New Website

We are pleased to introduce our new website design that brings viewers:

  • A resiliency definition
  • Our mission, vision, and values
  • Why your community needs a resiliency plan
  • Components of a resilient community
  • Examples of resiliency planning in the state
  • Highlights of Resilient Virginia’s accomplishments

Special features on the website include:

  • Links to three news blogs we highly recommend:
    • The Climate Daily
    • Southeast Energy News
    • Recovery Diva
  • Volunteer opportunities — this special page allows you to help us spread the word about resiliency initiatives — and we would like to welcome our newest volunteer, Rachel Thoms, recent UVA graduate in Biological Sciences.
  • Covid, Climate Change, and Resilient Recovery page — with links to articles about what the pandemic can teach us about climate change and how we can learn adapt and become more resilient on the other side of it.
  • Calendar of Events — we continue to update our calendar with the most valuable online webinars and conferences, so check in often!

Finally, in the era of behind-the-scenes “essential workers” we want to thank Gerry Cervenka, Editype, Inc., our longtime web manager for his excellent and creative work on the Resilient Virginia website redesign.

Take a look at our new website and provide your feedback through this short survey.

Thank You

Thanks to these supporters who are helping us reach our goal:

Thanks to our latest Annual Supporter!
Angela Orebaugh, Tomorrow-Today

Nell Boyle
Environmental Resilience Institute, UVA
Jennie Garon
Mark Gentilman
Marcia Geyer
Katherine Henderson
Rebecca Joyce
Leslie Louden
Lynnhaven River NOW
Claire Rubin
Brad Slocum
Scott Sklar
Steve Sunderman

Tom and Wren Olivier

With your support we are expanding our resiliency information hub, carrying out workshops and conferences, and offering communities tools they need to address climate change.

Resilient Virginia is committed to helping Virginians during the COVID-19 crisis. We are donating 10% of all memberships, annual sponsorships, and donations received before July 31st to the Federation of Virginia Food Banks.

Continue your support throughout the year by using one or both of these online shopping sites that contribute to Resilient Virginia:


If Amazon is your online shopping choice, go to and designate Resilient Virginia and we will receive a donation with every purchase.


Find lots of discounts and many participating stores for office supplies, general shopping, and special event gifts.

Thanks for supporting Resilient Virginia and helping us expand our resiliency information hub, carry out workshops and conferences, and offer communities the tools they need to address climate change.

The Resilient Virginia Communication Brief is a new service in 2020 for members and supporters. We will be sending you special communications about our events, as well as about other learning opportunities that are happening around the state and helpful links to resiliency resources.

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The Resilience Calendar

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    Date: October 8, 2023

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    Date: October 12, 2023

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  • Virginia Clean Energy Summit
    Date: October 16, 2023

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