Understanding Virginia Beach’s Vulnerability to Climate Change

By the year 2100, sea levels in Virginia Beach are predicted to rise by more than 4 feet. How can the city begin to address flooding issues in its most vulnerable locations? Is it possible that the rising seas could help better connect our neighborhoods?

Join our Resiliency Fellow, Mike Stelfox, for a community workshop exploring research, discussing green possibilities, and developing a community-based design for a resilient city.

July 14, 2016
7 – 8 pm
Bow Creek Municipal Recreation Center
3427 Club House Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23452

People thrive when they are connected with each other and enjoy the outdoors. This is a large portion of what makes the quality of life in Virginia Beach so great. The streets, parks, and waterways in Virginia Beach can be designed to protect communities against sea level rise while increasing recreational opportunities and connection between communities. Water is a part of the fabric that makes up Virginia Beach, so let’s take advantage of it.

From the outset of this research, the initial hypothesis was that “The current infrastructure of Hampton Roads can be retrofitted with sustainable urban drainage systems and various green infrastructure in order to connect the watershed to its larger body of water and protect the town from future hazards while promoting stewardship within the communities surrounding such areas.”

By extending greenspace into the neighborhoods throughout Virginia Beach, people will have the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, and travel around the city without coming into contact with the highways.

Learn more here: http://resilientvb.wix.com/esnecklace