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Coastal Communities

Virginia Sea Grant works to enhance the sustainability and viability of coastal communities through economic and social science research as well as extension activities. The coastal community development program within VIMS Marine Advisory services department conducts economic analyses and supports coastal industries such as marinas, boating, seafood, and tourism. We have also partnered with Old Dominion University and William & Mary Law School on projects that address climate change adaptation.

Extension projects include:


Current research and extension work is featured below.


Law Students Learn Virginia's Response to Clean Power Plan

Law Students Learn Virginia’s Response to Clean Power Plan

Angela Navarro, deputy secretary of natural resources with the Virginia attorney general, was a guest speaker at the VCPC.

VCPC Addresses Environmental Issues in Newport News Community with New Partnership

VCPC Addresses Environmental Issues in Newport News Community with New Partnership

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center is helping the Southeast Community tackle sea level rise, recurrent flooding, zoning, and land use issues.

VCPC to Provide Flooding Policy Analysis for Newly Created Center

VCPC to Provide Flooding Policy Analysis for Newly Created Center

The Commonwealth Center for Recurrent Flood Resiliency will coordinate flooding resiliency in Virginia.

VCPC Helps Plant Change in Southeast Community of Newport News

VCPC Helps Plant Change in Southeast Community of Newport News

The Virginia Coastal Policy Center and the Southeast CARE Coalition partnered for a second year to plant trees in the Southeast Community.

Student with Sights on International Development Gets Practical Experience with VCPC

Student with Sights on International Development Gets Practical Experience with VCPC

In the Virginia Coastal Policy Center, Emily Gabor does hands-on work for the southeast community project.

Future Air Force Lawyer Studying Environmental Issues in VCPC

Future Air Force Lawyer Studying Environmental Issues in VCPC

Ross Hoogstraten will help determine legal responsibility for ditch maintenance in Matthews County.

VCPC Inspires Virginian Student

VCPC Inspires Virginian Student

While in the VCPC, Day will help the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality develop policy for the Coastal Zone Management Program.

VCPC Student Shaping Coastal Zone Management Policy

VCPC Student Shaping Coastal Zone Management Policy

As a VCPC student, Jonathan Gonzalez is helping develop policy for the Coastal Zone Management Program.

Law Students Explore Scope of Environmental Justice at VCPC Spring Symposium

Law Students Explore Scope of Environmental Justice at VCPC Spring Symposium

Environmental justice was the focus of the Virginia Coastal Policy Center’s spring symposium.

VCPC Student Melds Real Estate and Environmental Law

VCPC Student Melds Real Estate and Environmental Law

Thomas Russell combines environmental and real estate law while working on a title project as a VCPC student.

Cultural Institutions Consider their Role in Sea Level Rise Awareness at 11th Adaptation Forum

Cultural Institutions Consider their Role in Sea Level Rise Awareness at 11th Adaptation Forum

The 11th sea level rise adaptation forum considered the role of cultural institutions.

English Teacher Turns to Law

English Teacher Turns to Law

After 12 years of teaching high school English, Joe Kurt was ready to embark on a second career.

VCPC Student Reaches Environmental Law through Reading

VCPC Student Reaches Environmental Law through Reading

Kevin MacWhorter’s interest in environmental law began with book proposals.

Let Living Shoreline Vegetation Do Its Job to Stop Coastal Erosion (VIDEO)

Let Living Shoreline Vegetation Do Its Job to Stop Coastal Erosion (VIDEO)

Yongqian Yang discusses how vegetation in living shorelines reduces wave energy hitting the shore—better than some rocky sills.

VCPC Student Sees Possibilities in Pollution

VCPC Student Sees Possibilities in Pollution

Victor Unnone will look at some of Chesapeake Bay’s pollutant-related issues as a student in the Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic.

Community Ties Drive VCPC Student

Community Ties Drive VCPC Student

Alfred Gabbin will apply skills he gained as a taxi driver while collaborating on the Virginia Coastal Policy Center’s Southeast community project.

Financing Coastal Adaptation Theme of VCPC 2015 Annual Conference

Financing Coastal Adaptation Theme of VCPC 2015 Annual Conference

The VCPC’s third annual climate change conference focused on the fiscal challenges of adaptation.

VCPC Student Seeks Balance in Environmental Law

VCPC Student Seeks Balance in Environmental Law

Kathleen Zaratzian will practice balancing interests in environmental law as a student in the Virginia Coastal Policy Center.

VCPC Students Present TDR Plan to Mathews County Planning Commission

VCPC Students Present TDR Plan to Mathews County Planning Commission

Michael Killius and Jessica Lung gave a presentation to the Mathews County Planning Commission on the potential use of transferable development rights in responding to the challenges of sea level rise and recurrent flooding.

Globetrotting Hokule’a to Land in Hampton Roads

Globetrotting Hokule’a to Land in Hampton Roads

The Hokule’a, a Polynesian voyaging canoe, will visit the Chesapeake Bay region in April.

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