Speakers presented key findings and recommendations for planning and implementing government resilience measures to sea level rise. The project was supported by the White House and developed by Old Dominion University in an intergovernmental partnership that includes the Department of Defense and the US Navy.

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  • Sam Adams, ‎Director, WRI United States
  • Christina Deconcini, Director of Government Affairs, World Resources Institute
  • Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn (USN, ret.), Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment), United States Navy
  • Former Rear Admiral Jonathan White, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy
  • Capt. Ray Toll (USN, ret.), ‎Director of Coastal Resilience Research, Old Dominion University - Download Project Summary Handout
  • David Adams, Director for Health Security and Climate Resilience Policy, National Security Council Staff, Executive Office of the President


Sea Level Rise: An Intergovernmental Blueprint for Community Resiliency

About the Event

The Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Planning Pilot Project, the product of a White House-announced collaboration to launch "Preparedness Pilots", bringing together federal agencies in select communities, including the Hampton Roads area, to assess and plan for climate-related vulnerabilities.

The project was initiated two years ago by Old Dominion University, federal agencies, state and local communities in a “whole government” approach led by the Department of Defense and the US Navy. It addressed threats posed by sea level rise in the Hampton Roads area, including the world’s largest Navy base among military assets at risk. Following the 2013 Presidential Executive Order on Climate Change, the pilot project undertook the order’s direction by developing climate resilience and preparedness measures at the regional level with emphasis on impacts to national security and the economy.

This pilot project culminated at a high-level event at the World Resources Institute in Washington DC, with a presentation and panel discussion of key findings and recommendations for planning and implementing regional resilience measures.

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