On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 80 people gathered at the Slover Library in Norfolk to receive follow-up reports on two separate Sea Level Rise activities that affect the Hampton Roads region.
The first activity was initiated in December of 2014, when ULI and the City of Norfolk, with assistance from the Kresge Foundation, conducted an advisory service panel on the Fort Norfolk area. Specific recommendations for addressing the effects of sea level rise at Fort Norfolk, developed by this advisory panel, were delivered during the June 9th event. Speakers for this portion of the event were ULI members Chuck Schilke and Paul Moyer, who were also participants in the original December 2014 study.
The March 2015 Resilient Region Reality Check event involved over 150 participants from the community at large. Participant feedback generated by the Resilient Region Reality Check was reported upon during the June 9th follow up. The speaker for this portion of the event was Dr. Michelle Covi, Assistant Professor of Climate Adaptation & Resilience, who had assisted in the creation of the March Reality Check event.
Report materials for both of the activities presented during the June 9th event are posted on our website. Visit Resilient Region Page.
Burrell Saunders, Board Chair of ULI Hampton Roads stated that: “Sea Level Rise can be both our greatest challenge and our greatest opportunity. If the region works and collaborates together, our collective expertise can not only positively impact our economic future, but by exporting that knowledge, also help the rest of the nation, even the world, in learning how to live with the water.”
ULI Virginia will continue to work with its partners, such as ODU’s Center for Sea Level Rise to create further Resilient Region Reality Checks on Community Engagement and Land Use events in the future.
This and other noteworthy activity perpetuates ULI Virginia’s mission to bring thought leadership and cumulative national experience to the area of regional land use in the region.