Resilient Norfolk in the News

Project to make Norfolk more resilient against coastal storms passes critical milestone

Army Corps of Engineers leadership agreed with the finding of the coastal storm risk management study so far and approved the Recommended Plan to move forward towards the final report.

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Norfolk neighborhood tests out city's 'Adopt-a-Drain' program

A neighborhood in Norfolk is testing out the city's pilot program to help curb flooding. In January, the city launched its "Adopt-a-Drain" app.

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Norfolk Community Starts Adopt-A-Storm Drain Program

Reducing flooding on the streets of Norfolk may be as simple volunteering for the new Adopt-a-Storm Drain program.

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City of Norfolk and RISE Co-host MIT Solve Challenge Design Workshop on Coastal Resilience

MIT Solve, along with the City of Norfolk and RISE, will host a half-day workshop on Wednesday, January 24 in Norfolk, Virginia—bringing together leaders from the Hampton Roads region, the United States and beyond to discuss and prioritize key resilience challenges for coastal communities.

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First Food Forest in Norfolk to be Planted this Weekend

The planting on the 16th will install fruit and nut trees in the first phase of Northside Civic League's plan for a food forest, a type of rain retention garden, on the grounds of Mary Calcott Elementary School. The planting will use native fruit and nut trees, fruit bearing bushes, flowers, edible herbs, and root vegetables, to mimic the characteristics of a multi-canopy forest.

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Christine Morris: Business leaders can help with Hampton Roads' resilience projects

We live in a region of 1.6 million people, and while we may call an individual city home, we share many common bonds. One significant thread is our ability to bounce back from a shock or stress, whether natural or man-made.

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Hampton Roads leaders come to resilience forum to address sea level rise, flooding

Building resilience will take more than just one community. It will require several communities to gather, share knowledge and work together to create a more protected and sustainable environment. That was the recurring message at the Hampton Roads Resilience Forum. Municipal, business and community leaders gathered to address sea level rise and recurrent flooding at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott on August 22.

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Questions and answers on what resilience means in Norfolk

Norfolk's resilience centers on the ability of individuals, systems, and neighborhoods to survive, adapt, and, when conditions require it, transform in the face of shocks and stresses.

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Norfolk resilience programs adopted by Paris, Sydney

The cities of Paris and Sydney, Australia, have adopted two of Norfolk's resilience programs focused on creating a planning vision for resilience and stimulating resident participation in reducing floods. Sydney adopted Vision 2100 and Paris adopted the Retain Your Rain initiative during the annual Urban Resilience Summit hosted by 100 Resilient Cities in New York in July.

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Norfolk Hosts NATO Interdependency in Resilience Conference

Leaders from 34 nations gathered in Norfolk to come up with a plan to improve understanding on how military, business, and civil sectors can work together to reduce risks, including threats from natural disasters and climate change, among others.

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City of Norfolk Hosts Retain Your Rain Workshop to Boost Citywide Resilience

In late April, the City of Norfolk hosted the Retain Your Rain workshop so residents could learn about small-scale projects they can install at home to help mitigate flooding. Over 40 volunteers gathered at Bay View Elementary to disconnect the building's downspout as well as install a rain garden, barrel, and a bioswale, all capable of retaining 600 gallons of rainwater.

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Sea level rise, climate change and resiliency concern Hampton Roads panelists

A boatload of economic opportunities will remain anchored in Hampton Roads if the region's leaders and residents can proactively deal with climate change.

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Using Emerging Technologies to Build Resilience

Norfolk was selected to participate in the What Works Cities Initiative through Bloomberg Philanthropies. The mission of the initiative is to elevate and accelerate cities' use of data and evidence to engage citizens, make government more effective and improve people's lives.

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RISE Seeks to Raise Discourse on Sea Level Threat in Norfolk

RISE, a newly formed nonprofit, wants to elevate Hampton Roads as a global leader in addressing the impact of sea level rise.

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Norfolk: Building Financial Security One Conversation at a Time

One of 10 cities selected to participate in the Cities of Service Resilience AmeriCorps program, Norfolk trained two AmeriCorps VISTAs as Master Financial Education Volunteers and then embedded them in the Bank On program to serve as financial coaches alongside other volunteers.

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Norfolk Sea Level Rise App Recognized in Coastal Flooding Challenge

The Strome Entrepreneurial Center at Old Dominion University selected the app as one of the winners of the Aerotech-Concursive Sea Level Rise Challenge. Submissions were judged on originality, innovation, technical feasibility, economic viability.

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Sandia Analyzes Effects of Rising Sea Levels in Norfolk

A new study from Sandia assesses how much the city, its region, and the nation would suffer in damages to lost economic activity if it does nothing to address rising sea levels. The data allows Norfolk to quantify its national and global importance and build the case for obtaining appropriate funding.

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Norfolk Wins $120 Million Resilience Grant for Virginia

The award from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Disaster Resilience Design Competition will help implement a resilience adaptation plan for the Chesterfield Heights neighborhood. The plan was designed in collaboration with Old Dominion University, Hampton University, and Wetlands Watch.

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