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December 5

The Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC) and the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science are hosting a conference in Williamsburg on December 5, 2014.  The conference titled, "Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth," will include the second meeting of Governor McAuliffe's Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission. Click here to register. Click herefor the agenda.

Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia:
Next Steps for the Commonwealth
The Conversation Continues...
Described as a “game-changer” for Virginia, last year the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic hosted a forum for state and local government officials as well as coastal stakeholders to discuss the legal and policy challenges presented by coastal flooding.

Since this precedential gathering, much has happened across the Commonwealth:
• The Virginia Secure Commonwealth Panel established a Sub-Panel on Recurrent Flooding.
• The Virginia General Assembly convened by joint resolution a study committee on recurrent flooding.
• Governor McAuliffe created the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission.
Join us at Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia: Next Steps for the Commonwealth,where the dialogue will move forward by sharing the resolutions made to date by Virginia’s decision makers; by providing discourse with and among national, state and local experts on barriers to future action; and by identifying the priorities for next steps as suggested by conference participants.

Discussion Topics:
• National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System
• Regional Adaptation Collaboration
• Social Vulnerability in Hampton Roads
• Market and Private Sector Driven Adaptation

Looking forward to seeing you there,
Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic

For a flyer, click here.

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."