Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities
Norfolk was named to the Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilience Cities program in 2013. The focus of the program is on sea level rise, the military, and economic development. This program is a catalyst for the global exchange of ideas and best practices with cities of similar interest.
Offshore Wind Energy
Norfolk is a member of VOW, Virginia’s Offshore Wind Coalition. Our shipbuilders, fabricators, distributors and integrated electronic system providers are representative of the supply chain resources that will be needed to make offshore wind energy a reality.
Proponents of commercial wind power 12 miles or beyond Virginia's coast believe the giant turbines could ultimately provide 10 percent of the state's annual electricity demand and operate without incident in the military's busy seas.
The Department of Defense is studying 25 tracts identified for optimum winds. A recent report identifies 18 tracts as compatible with military needs and rules as long as certain guidelines are met. They were not detailed in the report.
City of Norfolk Energy Conservation Programs
The City of Norfolk has achieved certification by the Virginia Municipal League as a Green Government. The city’s Manager of Environmental Protection Programs actively leads efforts to incorporate sustainability into municipal operations. The City is recycling in most city-owned buildings and engages thousands of volunteers each year in programs to reduce litter and waste and promote a greater sense of pride in our city. Town Point Park boasts an eco-friendly plant palate, lighting fixtures that minimize energy, furnishings manufactured from recycled material and trash recycling during all events.
Reducing Air Pollution
The Green Operators (GO) Program provides rebates to retrofit older vehicles with more emission-efficient engines and recognizes partners for setting and achieving goals for reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with the transport of goods.
The Green Operators (GO) program builds on the Virginia Port Authority's previous effort to clean up drayage trucks serving its Port of Virginia facility. The GO program provides incentives to retrofit older vehicles with more emission-efficient engines and recognizes partners for setting and achieving goals for reducing air pollution and greenhouse gases associated with the transport of goods. GO partners include both carriers and shippers, each doing their part to clean up the air.
Renewable Energy Business - Opportunity for Global Growth
The forecast is for opportunities in import-wholesale and import-retail of products in the category of solar and wind power systems with products such as solar water heaters, solar power generators, solar water pumps, solar chargers, lighting, fans and other photovoltaic systems products. Related wind power technology components include the gearbox and drive train, rotors, bearings, electrical and control systems, inverters, towers and brakes, blades, shafts, generators, etc. Many alliances and research partnerships for emerging technologies and the renewable energy business sector are active and a great resource such as the DOE, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy and ACORE.
- ODU Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography
- ODU Mitigation and Adaptation Research Institute (MARI)
- U.S. Green Building Council
- Elizabeth River Project & Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Virginia Port Authority
- Virginia Department of Environmental Quality
- US Environmental Protection Agency
- Mid-Atlantic Regional Air Management Association
- Virginia Clean Cities
- City of Norfolk Coastal Resilience Strategy