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RELi: USGBC’s New Resilient Design Rating System

RELi, the U.S. Green Building Council’s new standard for projects designed to endure and recover from extreme weather, is a national consensus standard. It was developed through an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) process, and focuses on creating resilient buildings and communities.

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Resilient Virginia Supports These Summer Resiliency Events

Resilient Virginia is teaming with groups around the Commonwealth to offer events this summer. June 8: Green Leaders for Local Impact Retreat; June 12: Community and Building Resilience; July 17: Collaborations on Flooding Adaptation; July 19: Resilient Virginia Annual Meeting; August 25: PrepareAthon at Science Museum of Virginia.

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Climate Change in the American Mind

The latest survey from George Mason University’s Center for Climate Communication reveals that the number of Americans “very worried” about global warming has reached a record high since first measured in 2008.

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Costs of Doing Nothing: Economic Consequences of Not Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Hampton Roads Region

Costs of Doing NothingRecent studies have pointed out the economic costs of rising temperatures, increased sea levels, and extreme weather events — all factors associated with climate change impact in the Southeast United States. Costs of Doing Nothing: Economic Consequences of Not Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Hampton Roads Region narrows down the data to the Hampton Roads area. This report looks at several scenarios for sea level rise and the economic consequences.

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Check out Post Carbon Institute's interview with author and environmentalist Bill McKibben who shares his perspectives on “What Could Possibly Go Right?” including:

-Learning from the pain and trauma of the current crises in a destabilized planet.
-Reconnecting with the physical reality of the world outside of our online lives.
-Knowing speed matters in our response to climate change, as well as understanding that actions will be disruptive but necessary.-
-Recognizing that social solidarity and a unified, fair society is what’s required to tackle big issues like climate change.
-Being aware of the new scariest words in the English language.
-Realizing the opportunity in channeling the large unemployed labor force towards activities to transform our energy system and response to climate
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Calendar

Due to COVID-19, please check listings for cancellations.
  • ACCO The Climate Superheroes Webcast #16
    Date: July 7, 2020
    Location: Webinar

    Learn more and register here.

  • TransitionTown Fairfax
    Date: July 8, 2020
    Location: Green Acres Community Center 4401 Sideburn Road. Fairfax, VA

    Monthly meeting. Contact: Judy Fraser

  • Citizens Climate Lobby Weekly Information Sessions
    Date: July 8, 2020
    Location: Webinar

    Register for webinars More details...

  • Natural Solutions to Climate Change - Hosted by UVA clubs
    Date: July 9, 2020
    Location: http://alumni.virginia.edu/events/event/D3V1E5mB6O

    On-Air with Karen McGlathery: "Natural Solutions to Climate Change"

    The UVA Clubs program and the Environmental Resilience Institute invite you to join Karen McGlathery for a private conference call to…

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COVID, Climate Change, and Resilient Recovery

The world is facing an unprecedented convergence of crises as the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding existing health, economic and environmental problems. Experts are weighing in on what the pandemic can teach us about climate change and how we can use this crisis to learn, adapt, and come out more resilient on the other side. Below are links to timely articles and information.

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Resilient Virginia News: June 2020

Resilient Virginia News – June 2020: COVID Brings Urgency to Climate Resiliency; Introducing Resilient Virginia’s New Website; Introductions and Thanks: 2020–2021 Board of Directors; Eat Local — COVID or Not; General Assembly Passes Landmark Bills; Report on Resiliency Proposals for the 2018 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code; Virginia’s Statewide Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resilience; more.

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2020 Virginia Legislative Recap

Join USGBC’s Senior Policy Council, Liz Beardsley, the Executive Director of the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council, Chelsea Harnish, and Annette Osso, LEED AP, Managing Director, Resilient Virginia, for a policy re-cap from the 2020 session.

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