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Design decisions for buildings and communities are critical to efforts to increase local and regional resiliency. Building designers — of residential, institutional, and commercial structures — should strive to incorporate passive and active survivability concepts into new and renovated structures.

Community planners and developers need to incorporate concepts that increase the capacity to maintain transportation flow, strategies to handle water management, and infrastructure approaches that will withstand a variety of risks.

Resiliency, Sustainability, and Economic Opportunities in the DC Region: October 20 Event

Hear what Washington DC is doing as one of the designated “100 Resilient Cities,” to become more climate resilient. Global speaker and author of “The Restoration Economy,” Storm Cunningham, will highlight opportunities for businesses, communities, and investors. One program at the University of the District of Columbia is developing urban agriculture and food hubs in DC as a climate resiliency and economic development strategy.

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New Economic Assessment Resources Now Available

Recent updates to the Resources portion of the Resilient Virginia website have allowed for the inclusion of three economic assessments related to climate change. These reports, which were written and published by well-known names such as Michael Bloomberg and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, approach the economic impact of climate change by assessing the risks presented and costs of inaction.

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2016 Resilient Virginia Conference-Related Publications Now Available

In order to provide readers direct access to timely reports that were referenced at the March 2016 Conference, Resilient Virginia has posted some of them on our Resources page (www.resilientvirginia.org/resources/publications). These resources vary in content, from agricultural and water mitigation techniques to a rating system for sustainable infrastructure, although they all connect to the idea of resiliency.

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2016 Annual Meeting Set for June 30

Join the Resilient Virginia Board of Directors, Members, Partners and Friends for lunch and an afternoon of lively presentations at our 2016 Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 30 in Charlottesville.

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Resilient Arlington: Building Awareness for Local Resiliency Planning

Resilient ArlingtonResilient Arlington, a local project of Resilient Virginia, is working with area businesses and community representatives from Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, Sierra Club, Arlington Green, as well as numerous community volunteers. We also have engaged the participation of Arlington County Office of Emergency Management.

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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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