Virginia Coastal Policy Center

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VCPC's work in the Northern Neck as part of the Resilence Adaptation Feasibility Tool (RAFT) Core Team was featured in a recent article published by Virginia Sea Grant -- check it out here!  

Students listening to Director of Archaeology Dave Givens at Jamestown


Students in the VCPC Practicum classes enjoyed a visit to Jamestown Island to hear Dave Givens, Director of Archaeology for Jamestown Rediscovery discuss the impacts of climate change on one of our nation's most important historic and cultural sites. 


The Middle Peninsula kicked off the 2022 RAFT season with the January 28th virtual Opportunities Workshop. Six localities including King William, King and Queen, Middlesex, Essex, West Point, and Mathews convened to discuss their resiliency scorecards, developed by VCPC Practicum I students in Spring 2021, then identified opportunity shortlists for efforts and partnerships that could increase community resiliency over the upcoming year. In February, VCPC began implementation work with King William County and Middlesex County-- stay tuned for updates! 

The VCPC team is also working to finalize scorecards for two localities in the Crater Planning District, Hopewell and Petersburg, in anticipation of beginning the RAFT process there in 2023. 



The Quick Guide to Resilience was developed by VCPC with generous funding support from the Virginia Environmental Endowment and Virginia Sea Grant. Many thanks to our colleagues at VIMS, HR-PDC, and Old Dominion University for their guidance in review!

The Guide is intended as an easy reference for localities concerning resilience issues, containing vocabulary, brief definitions that can easily be reproduced for locality planning purposes, and links to important information sources. It is also featured on ADAPTVA




About VCPC

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center (VCPC) at William & Mary Law School provides science-based legal and policy analysis of ecological issues affecting the state's coastal resources, providing education and advice to a host of Virginia’s decision-makers, from government officials and legal scholars to non-profit and business leaders.

With two nationally prominent science partners – William & Mary's Virginia Institute of Marine Science, one of the largest marine research and education centers in the United States, and Virginia Sea Grant, a nationally recognized broker of scientific information – VCPC works with scientists, local and state political figures, community leaders, the military, and others to integrate the latest science with legal and policy analysis to solve coastal resource management issues. VCPC activities are inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on scientific, economic, public policy, sociological, and other expertise from within the university and across the country. With access to internationally recognized scientists at VIMS, to Sea Grant’s national network of legal and science scholars, and to elected and appointed officials across the nation, VCPC engages in a host of information exchanges and collaborative partnerships.

VCPC grounds its pedagogical goals in the law school's philosophy of the citizen lawyer. VCPC students’ highly diverse interactions beyond the borders of the legal community provide the framework for their efforts to solve complex coastal resource management issues that currently face Virginia and the nation. Whether it is working to understand the underlying realities of local zoning policies or attempting to identify and reconcile the concerns of multiple stakeholders, VCPC students experience the breadth of environmental lawyering while gaining skills that will serve them well regardless of the legal career they pursue upon graduation.

Download the VCPC Brochure here.