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Rural Resiliency Forum 2018

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Rural Resiliency Forum

Resilient Virginia’s Rural Resiliency Forum was held October 23, 2018 at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, Virginia.

The Resilient Virginia Rural Resiliency Forum’s goal is to bring together public, private, and university stakeholders who are interested in improving the resiliency and prosperity of rural areas of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Anticipated outcomes of the forum include:

  • Improved collaboration and program coordination by community leaders, state and federal administrators, businesses, private landowners, and the public;
  • Immediate actions to implement resiliency activities in rural communities, supported by existing resources, state or federal programs, and funding; and
  • Policy recommendations at the state level.

We recognize that “community resiliency plans” can include many aspects, including economic development, energy options, food security, infrastructure and buildings, ecosystem services, mitigation and emergency preparedness plans, land use planning, and social issues such as health and education. This forum will focus on the interconnection of four broad areas:

  • Resilient Agriculture and Forestry
  • Green and Blue Infrastructure
  • Hazard Mitigation and Disaster Preparedness
  • Incorporating a Resiliency Approach to Planning

 

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Event Presentations

Welcome and “Setting the Stage/Defining the Problem”
Andrew Sorrell, Chairman, Board of Directors, Resilient Virginia, and Deputy Director, Virginia Tobacco Commission

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Resilient Forestry
Robbie Talbert, Regional Forester-Central Region, Virginia Department of Forestry

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Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation Overview
Kristin Owen, AICP, CFM, Floodplain Program Planner, VADCR

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Resilience in Public Safety & Homeland Security
Stacie Neal, Critical Infrastructure Protection Program Manager, Governor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security

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Adapting Farms to Weather Extremes and Climate Uncertainty
Kathy Holm, Assistant State Conservationist for Field Operations, USDA-NRCS

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Green and Blue Infrastructure Planning in Virginia
Karen Firehock, Executive Director, Green Infrastructure Center Inc.

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Managing Climate Risks through Sustainable Agriculture
Julie Shortridge, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

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How to Create a Sustainable Agriculture System
Leonard Githinji, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Sustainable and Urban Agriculture, Virginia State University

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Virginia Beginning Farmer & Rancher Coalition and the AgrAbility Program
Kim Niewolny, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Community Education and Development, Department of Agriculture, Virginia Tech

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The RAFT: Resilience Adaptation Feasibility Tool
Presented by Angela King, Assistant Director, Virginia Coastal Policy Center, William and Mary, in cooperation with
University of Virginia Institute for Environmental Negotiation
Old Dominion University: Resilience Collaborative
Sea Grant Virginia

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Office for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy, James Madison University
Jonathan Miles, Ph.D., Professor, Integrated Science and Technology, and Director, Center for Wind Energy

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Details

Rural Resiliency Forum
October 23, 2018
9:00 am–3:00 pm
Frontier Culture Museum
1290 Richmond Avenue
Staunton, Virginia

 

 

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Timeline PhotosMeet the panelists: Rural Climate Justice Livestream

Just last month, a winter storm wreaked havoc in Texas and other southeastern U.S. states. What did it revealed about public health, housing, energy, and economic and climate justice?

The Rural Assembly, The Daily Yonder, and Southerly are pleased to bring the following journalists and experts together March 30 to dig into these questions:

* Amal Ahmed, journalist with Texas Observer

* John Cooper, Assistant Vice President for Public Partnership & Outreach and the Director of Texas Target Communities at Texas A&M University

* Dr. Tim Callaghan, evaluation director for the Southwest Rural Health Research Center, Texas A&M University

* Lyndsey Gilpin, founder and editor of Southerly Magazine

Register to join them: https://ruralassembly.org/rural-climate-justice-livestream/
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