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.
by James A. Bacon Complete article available at Bacon’s Rebellion In December 2008, Governor Tim Kaine’s climate change commission issued a detailed action plan. In
Earth Day 2015 is just around the corner, and this year Resilient Virginia shares an inspirational vision of the future through our exclusive sneak peak of the ebook on The Celestia Project, which will be unveiled officially by Green Builder magazine on this Earth Day.
The Official Launch Meeting of Resilient Virginia was held at the Henrico Training Center in Richmond, VA on February 19, 2015. Photos from the launch meeting are available below, as well as presentations from the event and a transcript of Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran’s comments to event attendees.
by James A. Bacon Complete article available at Smart Growth for Conservatives The key to building a strong resiliency movement — making communities more adaptable in
This report from the Georgetown Climate Center and Old Dominion University’s Mitigation & Adaptation Research Institute touches on two threats to Virginia’s communities: rising seas, flooding, and extreme storms; and threats from extreme heat.
Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition
As coal-fired power plants become obsolete with ever-tightening restrictions on their emissions, lower-cost natural gas, and coal mines facing heightened scrutiny over their mining practices, the future of the Roanoke Valley can be seen through two very different lenses by city and county officials.
As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department has recognized the city of Roanoke, Virginia for its leadership. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Roanoke has committed to 20 percent savings by 2020 across more than 25 buildings, covering one million square feet.