Resilience Research and Design Collaborative

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.

Interested in participating? Click Here to download our Request for Statements of Qualifications and Interest. 

See examples of local government needs already identified.

Ingleside (Norfolk, VA) 

A planning effort connecting students from the University of Virginia with the community of Ingleside. Partners include the Elizabeth River Project, Virginia Sea Grant, and the City of Norfolk. This 2017, spring semester collaborative planning effort resulted in a plan to reduce flooding in Ingleside and improve the water quality of Broad Creek, an impaired tributary of the Elizabeth River.

The project partners have received a $500,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to implement the details of the plan.

The Virginia Sea Grant Program produced a website on the project - Resilient Ingleside.

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Project Documents

Ingleside Vision for Resilience

Greening Ingleside Report

Ingleside One-Pager


Chesterfield Heights (Norfolk, VA)

Wetlands Watch collaborated with Virginia Sea Grant and the US Green Building Council: Hampton Roads to bring students from Hampton University and Old Dominion University together and develop resiliency designs for the historic shoreline neighborhood of Chesterfield Heights in Norfolk, VA. Student designs were made part of the region's proposal for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Disaster Resilience Competition, and at the beginning of 2016, designs based on the students' work won a $120 million grant for the state of Virginia. Most of the HUD funding- $115 million will be put on the ground in Chesterfield Heights to implement those ideas. The design competition team was awarded the 2015 Norfolk Environmental Action Award for their efforts. 

Short Video of an Old Dominion University student describing the process.


Project Documents

Wetlands Watch Final Report

Tidewater Design Challenge Poster

One-Pager Document


Old Dominion Engineering Report

Old Dominion Engineering Appendix

Senior Design Project Presentation