Spring 2021 Resiliency Academy
Financing Resiliency InitiativesResilient Virginia’s three-part Spring 2021 Resiliency Academy series presented new options for communities to help finance resiliency initiatives. Topics focused on funding for flood-prone communities, funding for resilient buildings and energy, and funding for economic recovery, jobs, and justice.
Funding for Flood-Prone Communities
May 6, 2021
The first workshop in the 2021 series featured two major funding programs for communities with flooding issues.
Russell Baxter, Deputy Director of Virginia’s Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), outlined the Virginia Community Flood Preparedness Fund. The fund was established to provide support for regions and localities across Virginia to reduce the impacts of flooding, including flooding driven by climate change. It will prioritize projects that are in concert with local, state, and federal floodplain management standards, local resilience plans, and the Virginia Coastal Resilience Master Plan.
Debbie Messmer, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Financial Management Bureau, Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM), explained the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs. BRIC and FMA grant programs support states, local communities, tribes, and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.
Funding for Resilient Buildings and Renewables + Storage
May 27, 2021
The second workshop in the 2021 series featured information and resources on making our buildings and energy systems more resilient to climate change and other disruptions.
Dan Farrell, Associate Director of Energy Efficiency, DHCD Housing Innovations in Energy Efficiency (HIEE) Program will give an overview of how HIEE will bring millions of dollars from RGGI to broaden the state’s funding power to support expanded low-income home repair and weatherization programs.
Abby Johnson, LEED AP O&M, Executive Director, Virginia PACE Authority, will provide updates on C-PACE, already being utilized in a number of localities for commercial building energy improvements, and now expanded in recent legislation to support resiliency improvements.
Cliona Robb, Esq., Director, Thompson McMullan, P.C., Board Chairperson, VA-Renewable Energy Alliance and chairperson of the Virginia Solar and Energy Storage Authority will provide updates to new state policies promoting battery storage development by utilities as one of the paths toward decarbonization goals.
Nam Nguyen, Associate Director, Virginia Energy Management Program, VA Department of Mines Minerals and Energy (DMME), will review the significant state policy and financial incentive changes that promote renewable development at utility scale and through distributed systems.
Funding for Economic Recovery, Jobs, and Justice
June 17, 2021
The third workshop in the 2021 series featured an overview of funding opportunities for advancing job creation, economic recovery, and social and environmental justice in the state and nationwide.
Carl B. Knoblock, District Director, Virginia Small Business Administration (SBA) District Office, will present on the recovery assistance available for small businesses through several programs, as well as solar credits and tax credits for small businesses.
Jennifer Morgan, GO Virginia Region 6 Economic Development Coordinator, will present on the Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Economy Initiative that was recently awarded a $2.9 million grant to foster innovation and growth in the Hampton Roads and Middle Peninsula areas. A collaboration with several development organizations and Old Dominion University, this initiative will work to diversify the economy of the region while supporting business start-ups that help address coastal flooding challenges.
Robyn Lee, GO Virginia Region 1 Program Manager, will present on the nearly $500,000 received by the Energy Storage and Electrification Manufacturing Jobs Project, which will support the realignment of four family-owned businesses in Southwest Virginia away from their coal-centric manufacturing focus toward opportunities in energy storage and renewable energy.
James Young, Interagency Recovery Coordination Lead, Recovery Division, FEMA Region 3 and Wynne Kwan, AICP, LEED AP (BD+C), Community Planning & Capacity Building Coordinator, Recovery Division, FEMA Region 3, will provide information on the FEMA Region 3 Resource Report that aggregates federal grants and other funding programs available to state and local governments for COVID recovery.
Fall 2020 Resiliency Academy
An Introduction to Four Resiliency Planning GuidesResilient Virginia’s Fall 2020 Resiliency Academy featured a series of four webinars highlighting some of the best resiliency planning tools available to help communities build the capacity to maintain critical functionality and vitality in the face of severe disturbances and chronic stressors.
U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit
September 23, 2020
David Herring, Director of Communication & Education at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Program Office, will demonstrate the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. This toolkit is a robust website of resources designed to help people find and use tools, information, and subject matter expertise to build climate resilience.
Climate Ready Communities
October 7, 2020
Tonya Graham, the Executive Director of the Geos Institute, will guide you through their Climate Ready Communities program. The program is a “Do-It-Yourself” approach for local governments that features a Practical Guide to Building Climate Resilience, a support package for using the guide, and other supplemental services. Click here to view Tonya’s annotated PowerPoint presentation from this event, including attendee remarks.
Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure
October 21, 2020
Chris Clavin, Research Environmental Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Community Resilience Group, will present their Community Resilience Planning Guide. This guide not only provides direction on how to plan for and implement measures to improve community resilience, it also introduces science-based tools to measure resilience and evaluate alternative strategies to achieve it.
Download the Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems — released October 2020.
Resilient Rural America Project
November 10, 2020
Gwen Griffith, DVM, MS, Program Director with the Model Forest Policy Program (MFPP), with Ned Gardiner, Ph.D., Engagement Manager for the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit with the NOAA Climate Program Office, will present on the Resilient Rural America Project training and resources.
Gwen and Ned will introduce participants to Module #1 and engage them in the development process for Module #2, which is underway now.
Click here to view Gwen and Ned’s PowerPoint presentation from this event.