Resilient Virginia Conference 2021: From Recovery to Resilience, August 25-27

  • 25 August 2021 To 27 August 2021
  • Event Host : Resilient Virginia
Resilient Virginia Conference 2021
Event Description

Resilient Virginia’s 2021 Conference will deliver the tools, information, and networking opportunities you need
to help build resiliency in your community.

The past year’s COVID experiences have highlighted the need for inclusive resiliency plans that integrate health, social, and economic concerns with ever-increasing climate change impacts. This conference will bring national and local perspectives on solutions being formulated to address vulnerabilities while moving forward to create a more economically sound and equitable future.

Plenary speakers will include national and state experts on new initiatives that bolster the transition to a Clean Economy while rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure.

The plenary sessions will also address the need to ensure equity is a core element of these initiatives, and will illustrate the value of state support for local resiliency planning.

Breakout sessions will:

  • Highlight the steps needed for infrastructure — transportation, buildings, energy systems, water and natural resources — to both reduce greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to climate adaptation strategies;
  • Provide examples from urban and rural communities on approaches to resiliency that include climate risk assessments that lead to economic, health, and equity considerations; and
  • Examine the accelerating opportunities for economic diversification and entrepreneurship to bolster a Clean Economy.

 Day Three will provide participants with the opportunity to engage in workshops that focus on in-depth learning on key resiliency topics. This year we will focus on

  1. Technical tools for resiliency planning;
  2. Moving resiliency into existing local government plans; and
  3. Tools for ensuring equity is included in resiliency planning.


NEW THIS YEAR: The conference will include a virtual Green Jobs Forum and Career Fair, hosted by partner organization, Leaders in Energy. The virtual platform will allow for job seekers to directly meet with prospective employers and submit resumes to the potential employers participating in the Career Fair. In addition, an afternoon Green Jobs Forum on August 26 will feature information on the growing numbers of opportunities, and will highlight successful Green Job search efforts.


  • Host Company/Organization Name
    • Resilient Virginia
  • Speakers / Presenters
    • National Speakers:

      Krystal Laymon
      Deputy Director for Climate Resilience
      White House Council on Environmental Quality

      Matthew Tejada
      Director, Office of Environmental Justice
      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

      Jim Fox
      Senior Resilience Associate, NEMAC+Fernleaf

      Dr. Kenneth Kunkel
      North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies

      State Speakers:

      The Honorable Ralph S. Northam
      Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia

      Curtis Brown
      State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management

      Ann C. Phillips
      Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.)
      Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaptation and Protection
      Jeremy Hoffman, Ph.D.
      Chief Scientist, Science Museum of Virginia

      Angela Conroy
      Air and Renewable Energy Planner, VA Dept. of Environmental Quality

      Amanda Martin
      Chief Resilience Officer
      North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency/Rebuild NC

      Shaun O’Rourke
      Managing Director, Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank and
      Rhode Island Chief Resilience Officer
  • Event type
    • Online/Webinar

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Building resiliency is currently one of the most important elements people need in order to save the world from climate change. Offering these types of conferences is a great step.

By KennyST | Aug 16, 2021

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