Wetlands Watch, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Green Building Council, Hampton Roads Chapter have joined forces to establish an adaptation research and design collaborative, linking research and education programs at Virginia universities with local governments to help implement resilient interventions. This collaborative resilience laboratory - or "Collaboratory" - aims to produce innovative adaptation tools, strategies, and designs in tidewater Virginia by linking academic community programs with real-world needs in coastal communities, helping speed adaptation and incubating a community of practice.

We will be soliciting interest from Virginia's academic institutions that have student capstone, studio, or community practice requirements, offering to match them with communities in the tidal reaches of Virginia seeking immediate and practical solutions to pressing adaptation problems.