Days Until Our
2021 Conference!

Accelerating resiliency planning in communities across the Commonwealth

Resiliency Academy

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Spring 2022 Resiliency Academy

The Resiliency Academy Spring 2022 series will feature four webinars highlighting the components of a Resilient Community that are championed by Resilient Virginia. Support this program with your sponsorship!

Registration for these events will open in February.

2020 Resiliency Academy webinars

Economic Activities: Innovative Financing
March 10 • 1:00–2:30 PM

Community Action: Tools for Resiliency Planning
April 7 • 1:00–2:30 PM

Ecosystem Services: Green Infrastructure Utilized
May 12 • 1:00–2:30 PM

Infrastructure and Buildings: Progress Report
June 9 • 1:00–2:30 PM

If your company provides resiliency related products or services, consider signing up as a Resiliency Academy Sponsor. Your company will receive recognition throughout the Spring series as well as additional benefits.

Spring 2021 Resiliency Academy

Financing Resiliency Initiatives

Resilient 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.
2020 Resiliency Academy webinars

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.

Russell Baxter, Virginia DCR Deputy Director
David Herring, Director of Communication & Education, NOAA Climate Program Office
Debbie Messmer, VDEM State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Financial Management Bureau

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.

Dan Farrell, Associate Director of Energy Efficiency, DHCD
Abby Johnson, LEED AP O&M, Executive Director, Virginia PACE Authority
Abby Johnson, LEED AP O&M, Executive Director, Virginia PACE Authority
Cliona Robb, Esq., Director, Thompson McMullan, P.C.
Cliona Robb, Esq., Director, Thompson McMullan, P.C.

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.

Watch all of the Resiliency Academy webinars at our Member’s Website.

Not a Member? Join Today!

Carl B. Knoblock, District Director, Virginia Small Business Administration
Carl B. Knoblock, District Director, Virginia Small Business Administration
Jennifer Morgan, Economic Development Coordinator, GO Virginia Region 6
Jennifer Morgan, Economic Development Coordinator, GO Virginia Region 6
Robyn Lee, Program Manager, GO Virginia Region 1
Robyn Lee, Program Manager, GO Virginia Region 1
James Young, Interagency Recovery Coordination Lead, FEMA Region 3 Recovery Division
James Young, Interagency Recovery Coordination Lead, FEMA Region 3 Recovery Division
Wynne Kwan, AICP, LEED AP (BD+C), Community Planning & Capacity Building Coordinator, FEMA Region 3 Recovery Division
Wynne Kwan, AICP, LEED AP (BD+C), Community Planning & Capacity Building Coordinator, FEMA Region 3 Recovery Division

Fall 2020 Resiliency Academy

An Introduction to Four Resiliency Planning Guides

Resilient 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.
2020 Resiliency Academy webinars

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.

David Herring
David Herring, Director of Communication & Education, NOAA Climate Program Office

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.

Tonya Graham, Executive Director of the Geos Institute
Tonya Graham, Executive Director, the Geos Institute

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.

Chris Clavin, Research Environmental Engineer at the National Institute of Standards and Technology
Chris Clavin, Research Environmental Engineer, NIST's Community Resilience Group

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.

Gwen Griffith
Gwen Griffith, DVM, MS, MFPP Program Director
Ned Gardiner
Ned Gardiner, Ph.D., Engagement Manager, U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, NOAA Climate Program Office

Resiliency News Feeds

Sign Up for E-News

Get news and notifications from Resilient Virginia.

Volunteer With Us!

Resilient Virginia volunteers are at the forefront of the climate resiliency initiatives happening in our region and nationally. Sign up today!

Resilient Virginia on Facebook

Save the Date for our Spring Resiliency Academy series! Registration opens in February. Sponsorships available. Learn more at https://resilientvirginia.org/resources/events/resiliency-academy.
#VirginiaCantWait #ResilientCommunities
... See MoreSee Less

2 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Calendar

Due to COVID-19, please check listings for cancellations.
  • National Climate Assessment: Southeast Chapter Evening Engagement Workshop
    Date: January 31, 2022
    Location:

    To inform development of the fifth National Climate Assessment, USGCRP and the author teams will be hosting a series of virtual public engagement workshops in January and February 2022. The purpose of the public engagement…

  • National Climate Assessment: Southeast Chapter Daytime Engagement Workshop
    Date: February 1, 2022
    Location:

    To inform development of the fifth National Climate Assessment, USGCRP and the author teams will be hosting a series of virtual public engagement workshops in January and February 2022. The purpose of the public engagement…

  • Showcasing Leading Practices in Climate Adaptation - Session 7: Climate Warming and Impacts to Staff and Assets
    Date: February 3, 2022
    Location:

    Analyzes the impact of extreme temperature events on personnel and critical water utility physical infrastructure assets.

    Register here.

    Part of…

  • White House Rural Stakeholder Call
    Date: February 3, 2022
    Location:

Latest News & Resources

Resilient Virginia News: January 2022

Resilient Virginia News – Jan. 2022: Virginia Communities Deserve a Better Future; Jonah Fogel Joins Resilient Virginia’s Board of Directors; Spring Resiliency Academy – Save the Dates; Resilient Virginia – 2021 By The Numbers; The State of Climate and Resiliency Policy in Virginia; Shawn Talmadge Appointed New VDEM State Coordinator; National Climate Adaptation and Resilience Strategy Act; Regional Resilience Toolkit; Flood Resilience Checklist

Read More »

The State of Climate and Resiliency Policy in Virginia

Virginia has made great strides over the last few years toward becoming a more resilient place to live, work and raise a family. In 2020 and 2021, significant state-level progress was made in the areas of coastal resiliency, flood preparedness, and building and infrastructure design.

Read More »