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.
Resilient Virginia partnered with University of Virginia’s Environmental Resilience Institute to host a group of student interns who identified resiliency language integrated in existing Comprehensive Plans, Hazard Mitigation Plans, and Master Plans from communities across Virginia and one in New Hampshire.
Our November 2021 Government listening session included mostly local representatives from across the state, to inform the development of our 2022-2027 strategic plan
Differences in social vulnerability across Richmond meant that the city’s resilience plan didn’t work equally well for all neighborhoods. To enhance their plan, the city worked with partners to develop a novel tool—the Climate Equity Index—to document neighborhood vulnerability to climate impacts.