Community Programs and Policies

  • Norfolk’s Resilience Strategy

    Norfolk's Resiliency StrategyThe city of Norfolk, as a 100 Resilient Cities grantee, developed a Resilience Strategy that was published in October 2015. The stated goal of the plan is to reduce risks as well as embrace new ways of thinking and thriving in conditions that require continuous innovation. The full plan is available online.

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  • Reflections on the First Resilient Virginia Conference, March 22-23, 2016

    Jerry Walker, CEM, LEED AP, Resilient Virginia Board Chairman and Champion, provides his thoughts on the the first Resilient Virginia Conference, hailed as a great start in creating awareness and motivating communities to address resiliency.

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  • Thanks to our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Partners, and Planning Committee for their support in making the first Resilient Virginia Conference a great success!

    View the 2016 Resilient Virginia Conference presentations and slideshow now!

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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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  • Congratulations! Resilient Virginia Marks Its First Year

    Fall, 2015
    Congratulations!!! A Message from the Resilient Virginia Chairman

    Resilient Virginia is celebrating its one year anniversary. Over a year ago the idea of a program in Virginia that would address community resiliency was being discussed by former members of the Virginia Sustainable Building Network. This humble beginning grew, and became a clarion call to INFORM, EDUCATE, AND ACTIVATE the Commonwealth in matters of Resiliency. Resilient Virginia was founded.

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  • 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.

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  • Energy Department Recognizes City of Roanoke for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

    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.

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  • Resilient Communities: A CommunityMatters Conference Call

    Our communities are constantly changing. Most changes are gradual and predictable—a new store opens on Main Street, newcomers come to town and priorities shift. But, sometimes change is abrupt, unexpected—a major natural disaster or an epidemic. How can your city or town best prepare for unanticipated change? What will help your community respond to challenges not only to bounce back, but to become stronger than ever?

    Michael Crowley, senior program officer, Institute for Sustainable Communities, and ... Read more...

  • Georgetown Climate Center

    logo-georgetown_climate_centerThe nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change. The Center also seeks to ensure that national climate and energy policy is informed by lessons from existing state efforts and that national policies maintain an ongoing role for state innovation and implementation.

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  • 100 Resilient Cities: Norfolk, Virginia

    Norfolk survived the American Revolution, the Civil War, and a century of flooding. As a major military hub, it needs to ensure it remains resilient amidst rising sea levels. And in 2013, it was named to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Network.

    logo-100_resilient_citiesThe New York-based foundation launched the 100 Resilient Cities program to address the increasing shocks and stresses that cities face in the 21st ... Read more...