Jeremy Forrest Bio

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As a student in this fall’s Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic, Jeremy Forrest will be working with representatives from the Center for Sea Level Rise at Old Dominion University, the Navy, Air Force, and Army, as well as local and state officials to create a framing document for a “whole of government” pilot project. This project will create an organization that brings together various government agencies and private and public interests to discuss sea level rise preparedness and resilience planning in the Hampton Roads area.

“It’s interesting because it’s a brand-new project that has not been done before,” says Jeremy. His role will be giving advice on organizational structure and assisting in creating substantive short-term goals for the new organization.

Addressing these issues is important in Norfolk, an area that is highly impacted by sea level rise and recurrent flooding, second only to New Orleans, LA, in the United States. The majority of Norfolk’s economy is also directly related to the water as it is the second largest seaport in the country.

Says Jeremy, “I can see how the work I’m doing will affect future planning in the region…especially in an area so dependent on the water.”

Jeremy is a third-year law student at William & Mary. Originally from Newport News, VA, he completed his undergraduate education at Hampden-Sydney College. There he double-majored in English and history.

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