Third Meeting of the Hampton Roads
Sea Level Rise/Flooding Adaptation Forum

July 10, 2013

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Forum Program

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

0830 - 0900:Registration and coffee
0900 - 0915Opening Remarks and Introductions — Larry Atkinson, Old Dominion University Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative (CCSLRI) (presentation)
0915 - 0930Ice-Breaker/Networking Activity — Jenifer Alonzo, Old Dominion University Department of Communication and Theater Arts and CCSLRI
0930 - 0945RE.Invest Norfolk Update ( — Denise Thompson, Manager of Environmental Protection Programs, City of Norfolk (presentation)
0945 - 1030Earning Trust and Explaining Complexities As You Communicate Climate Science — Katherine Rowan, PhD, Director, Science Communication Graduate Program, George Mason University (presentation)
1030 - 1100:Q&A with Speakers and Coffee Break
1100 - 1145Risky Business: Engaging the Public in Policy Discourse on Sea-Level Rise and Inundation — Karen Akerlof, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Center for Climate Change Communication, George Mason University (presentation)
1145 - 1245:Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Margaret Davidson, JD, Acting Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOAA (presentation)
1245 - 0100Communicating Adaptation: Notes from the Field — Shereen Hughes, Wetlands Watch (presentation)
0100 - 0130Updates on Regional HRPDC and TPO Reports and Plans and HRPDC CZM/Virginia Beach Project — Ben Mcfarlane, Regional Planner, HRPDC (presentation)
0130 - 0230
Stakeholder Panel and Discussion
Fred Brusso — Planning Administrator of the City of Portsmouth
Julia Hillegass — Public Information & Community Affairs Administrator, HRPDC,
Gayle Hicks — City of Hampton Public Works, Hampton Engages (
Clay Bernick — Administrator of the City of Virginia Beach Environment and Sustainability Office

Panelists are asked to address the following briefly (as appropriate) to kick-start a group discussion:

  • What do you do?
  • What do you need communications tools to do? (i.e., inform and increase awareness; or influence behavior?)
  • Who is your target audience and what is the key message?
  • What has worked well and what has not worked so well in your communications efforts?
  • How do you know when your outreach is successful?
  • What are best practices and strategies to effectively use different communications tools and tactics (i.e. social media, radio spots, public speaker series, town halls, etc.)?
  • What are strategies and lessons learned to best address deniers and meeting disruptors?
  • What are effective techniques for engaging the community?
0230:End Of Program