In the News

April - Read The Virginia Sea Grant Story, a recent blog post from our partner, Virginia Sea Grant.

February 12 - The Daily Press mentioned the Virginia Coastal Policy Center and the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency in a story about a project being proposed in the Virginia General Assembly. Read the story, "Stormwater Banks Pitched to Address Pollution, Flooding and Development on Middle Peninsula." 

January 24 - The Richmond Times-Dispatch noted a VCPC study, "Costs of Doing Nothing," in an article titled "Legislation to Create Virginia Coastal Office Gaining Ground." Read the story.

January 7 - "Costs of Doing Nothing," a study released by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, was cited in a Daily Press story about flooding and sea-level rise in Newport News. Read the story.


December 26 - The Virginian-Pilot featured a quote taken during the Law School's Virginia Coastal Policy Center's "Living with the Water" Conference in the article "Proposal Would Do a Lot to Clean the Chesapeake Bay, But Could It Let Other Polluters Off the Hook?" Read the story.

December 26 - A column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch by Old Dominion University Professor Emily Steinhiber described the work of the Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency, a partnership between Old Dominion University, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the Law School's Virginia Coastal Policy Center. Read the column.

December 20 - An editorial in the Virginian-Pilot cited the recent VCPC report that found that the economic toll of sea-level rise could be profound in Hampton Roads. Read the editorial, "In Want of Cooperation on Climate Change."

December 9 - The Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star took note of the “Virginia Working Waterfront Master Plan,” which was presented to the Virginia General Assembly at the December 2016 "Living with the Water" conference sponsored by the Virginia Coastal Policy Center. Read the story, "Virginia Trying to Preserve Its Working Waterfronts."

November 27 - The Free-Lance Star of Fredricksburg cited the VCPC report (more information below) in an editorial titled "Bay, Sea-Level Rise Top Va. Environmental List." Read the editorial.

November 24- U.S. News and World Report carried a story by Associated Press reporter Ben Finley which cited the VCPC report (more information below) in a story titled "On Virginia's Vulnerable Coast, Fear of Flooding on the Rise." Read the story.

November 17 - The clinic released the report, "Costs of Doing Nothing: Economic Consequences of Not Adapting to Sea-Level Rise in the Hampton Roads Region." Read the press releaseRead the report summary and full report.

Media coverage of the release of the report included the Associated Press. Newspapers carrying the AP story include the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, The Daily Progress, The Free Lance-Star, and Bristol Herald Courier.  Additional stories were written by reporters for the Richmond Times-Dispatch (requires login), the Daily Press (requires login), the Virginia Gazette and the Virginian-Pilot.  Television coverage included WVEC 13 News; radio coverage included WVTF Public Radio.

May 16 - The Virginia Coastal Policy Center and William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science each received funding for projects during the latest round of grants from the Virginia Environmental Endowment. Read the story.

April 23 - On April 23, Arbor Day, students from the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, Student Environmental and Animal Law Society, and Black Law Students Association joined the Southeast CARE Coalition for a second year to “Plant the Change” in the Southeast Community of Newport News, Va. Read the story.

April 22 - The Law School and William & Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) are collaborating on a new website that will provide key information to support local, regional, and state efforts to adapt to sea-level rise, thanks to a $1.2 million grant from blue moon fund. Portal development and operation will also be closely tied to the research, training, data integration, and outreach activities of the new state-funded Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flooding Resiliency. The Center, funded through legislation enacted during the 2016 session by the General Assembly and announced at an Earth Day event by Governor Terry McAuliffe, is a collaborative partnership among VIMS, VCPC, and Old Dominion University. Read the story.


September 14 - On November 13th the Virginia Coastal Policy Center hosted its third annual climate change conference, entitled “Show Me the Money--The Economic Realities of Responding to Coastal Change and Adaptation in Virginia.” The conference focused on the ways in which coastal changes adaptation actions pose fiscal challenges and the available, implementable solutions we must consider to address those challenges.

May 22 - The Law School announced that the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic was renamed the Virginia Coastal Policy Center. Read the story.


December 9 - Professor Roy Hoagland, director of the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, was among the guests on Hearsay with Cathy Lewis (NPR 89.5 FM, Norfolk). Professor Hoagland spoke about the clinic's recent conference on flooding and coastal change in Virginia (interview begins 16:45); the broadcast began with an interview with Senator Tim Kaine, former Virginia governor, about sea level rise. Senator Kaine gave the conference keynote. Listen to the podcast.

December 5 - The Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC) and the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science hosted a conference in Williamsburg on December 5. The conference titled, "Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth," included the second meeting of Governor McAuliffe's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia gave the keynote. Read the story.

October 17  - Professor Roy Hoagland was quoted by the Suffolk News-Herald in the story "Three Ps Threaten the Bay."

July 16 - Roy Hoagland is named Director of William & Mary Law School’s Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic. Read the story.

June 9 - The Virginia Environmental Endowment announced grants to two William & Mary initiatives -- the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic and the W.M. Keck Environmental Field Lab. Read the story.


December 18 - VCPC's friends and colleagues were featured in USA Today's extensive article and video on Sea Level Rise and Recurrent Flooding in Norfolk.   

November 25 - VCPC students Erica Penn and Chris Olcott presented their work, "Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Legal and Policy Issues for Local Government", to the Secure Commonwealth Panel's Sub-Panel on Recurrent Flooding. Click here for pictures.

October 7 - The new subcommittee on recurring coastal flooding, co-chaired by Senator John Watkins and Jim Redick, for the Secure Commonwealth Panel recently met in Richmond to begin supporting increased flood mitigation efforts in the Commonwealth.  The minutes from the meeting can be found here

October 6 - An editorial in the Virginian-Pilot by Skip Stiles, executive director of Wetlands Watch, referenced the clinic. Click here to read (opens .pdf).

September 24 - The clinic's work and Sept. 13 conference is highlighted in an article in Inside Business titled "Sea level rise will have wide-ranging impact."

September 17 - The World Resources Institute posted a blog about  the clinic's Sept. 13 conference titled "Coastal Communities in Virginia Lead the Way on Local Climate Action."

September 17 - Following the clinic's Sept. 13 conference, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science posted a story titled "VIMS Flooding Report Makes a Splash: Workshop Participants Cite Document as Blueprint for Action."

September 16- Scientific American featured an article on its website by The Daily Climate about the clinic's Sept. 13 conference titled "Virginia Mayors Plead for Help with Climate Change."

June 25 - The Virginian-Pilot published an op-ed by alumna Anna Killius '13, a former clinic student, titled "Rising Waters - and Insurance Rates." The opinion expressed in the op-ed is that of the author and does not necessarily reflect a policy or position of the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic.

May 7 - An article published by the Law School titled "The Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic" described how law students learn from scientists while they research the implications of rising sea levels.

March 28 - An article by the W&M Office of University Relations announced that the clinic's Managing Attorney Shana Jones will lead a W&M Workgroup Project on coastal flooding, sea level rise, and environmental justice.

February 11  - Virginia Sea Grant:  "Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic Partners with Virginia Sea Grant."