Accelerating resiliency planning in communities across the Commonwealth

Resilient Virginia’s 2021 Conference will deliver the tools, information, and networking opportunities you need to help build resiliency in your community.

The past year’s COVID experiences have highlighted the need for inclusive resiliency plans that integrate health, social, and economic concerns with ever-increasing climate change impacts. The conference will bring national and local perspectives on solutions being formulated to address vulnerabilities while moving forward to create a more economically sound and equitable future.

Registration Opens June 21

Multiple Tracks
and Breakout Sessions

Our virtual event spans three mornings on August 25, 26, and 27, and includes multiple tracks and breakout sessions as well as plenary speakers to help you on the path toward resiliency. Plenary speakers will include national and state experts on new initiatives that bolster the transition to a Clean Economy while rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.

The plenary sessions will also address the need to ensure equity is a core element of these initiatives, and will illustrate the value of state support for local resiliency planning.

Breakout sessions will:

  • highlight the steps needed for infrastructure — transportation, buildings, energy systems, water and natural resources — to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate adaptation strategies;
  • provide examples from urban and rural communities on approaches to resiliency that include climate risk assessments that lead to economic, health, and equity considerations; and
  • examine the accelerating opportunities for economic diversification and entrepreneurship to bolster a Clean Economy.

Workshops Focused on In-Depth Learning on Key Resiliency Topics

In addition, Day Three will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in workshops that focus on in-depth learning on key resiliency topics. This year we will focus on

  1. Technical tools for resiliency planning;
  2. Moving resiliency into existing local government plans; and
  3. Tools for ensuring equity is included in resiliency planning.

Virtual Green Jobs Forum and Career Fair

NEW THIS YEAR! The conference will include a virtual Green Jobs Forum and Career Fair, hosted by our partner organization, Leaders in Energy. The virtual platform will allow for job seekers to directly meet with prospective employers and submit resumes to the potential employers participating in the Career Fair. In addition, an afternoon Green Jobs Forum on August 26 will feature information on the growing numbers of opportunities, and will highlight successful Green Job search efforts.

Confirmed Speakers
(as of June 18)

National and State Speakers

Krystal Laymon
Deputy Director for Climate Resilience
Council on Environmental Quality, Executive Office of the President

Jim Fox
Senior Resilience Associate, NEMAC+Fernleaf

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Curtis Brown
State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management

Anne Phillips
Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection, Office of the Governor, State of Virginia

Amanda Martin
Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency/Rebuild NC

Additional Speakers

Douglas Beaver
Chief Resilience Officer, City of Norfolk, VA

Michael Bilney
Global Senior Principal-Asset Management and Resilience, Cardno

Nell Boyle
Sustainability and Outreach Coordinator, City of Roanoke, VA

Carol Davis
Sustainability Manager, Town of Blacksburg, VA

Anthony Flaccavento
President, SCALE inc.

Cheyenne Flores
Community Resilience Specialist, City of Philadelphia, PA

Christine Gyovai
Principal, Dialogue + Design Associates

Alleyn Harned
Executive Director, Virginia Clean Cities

Jeremy Holmes
Executive Director, Roanoke/Allegheny Regional Commission

Oliver Kroner
Sustainability Coordinator, City of Cincinnati, OH

Laura Lengnick
Principal, Cultivating Resilience LLC

David Patterson
Executive Director, SHINE

Speaker Pollard
Partner/Environmental Law, Williams Mullen

Mary Roderick, Ph.D.
Regional Planner, Land of Sky Regional Council, NC

Rich Sweetser
President, Exergy Partners Corporation & Consultant to the Department of Energy’s Mid-Atlantic Technical Assistance Partnership

Scott Tate
Associate Director, VATech Office of Economic Development

Toni Utterback
Administrator, Stormwater Engineering Center, Virginia Beach, VA

Alicia Zatcoff
Sustainability Manager, City of Richmond, VA


Sponsors and Exhibitors

Your company or organization has the opportunity to provide essential services and products to our attendees through the Sponsor or Exhibit options. Attendees will include representatives from state and local government, businesses, community and professional organizations, and academia.


Questions? Contact Us

Annette Osso, LEED AP, Managing Director

Resilient Virginia
PO Box 309
Gordonsville, VA 22942

703-629-1650 (c)