VCPC Students to Speak at “Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia”

Two Virginia Coastal Policy Clinic (VCPC) students will be featured as panelists during the “Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia” conference this Friday, December 5 at the William & Mary School of Business.

They’ll present during a panel on FEMA, National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System, and Local Government Liability. This panel will focus on FEMA reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program and how local government can respond to these changes through stormwater management actions and address the potential for liability.

James Andris, a fall 2014 VCPC student, will discuss the findings of his white paper, Potential Liability for Failure to Adapt to Recurrent Flooding. James analyzed the legal framework of the Farmer’s Insurance Group’s lawsuit against Chicago and its municipalities and assessed whether these claims would be feasible in Norfolk and other coastal cities in Virginia.  

Kristen Clark, a spring 2014 VCPC student, will discuss her findings from examining methods to lower flood insurance rates in Virginia through stormwater management. Only five percent of Virginian communities eligible to participate in FEMA’s voluntary Community Rating System choose to do so. Kristen’s research indicates that compliance with this system would have major economic benefits for these communities.

The “Adaptive Planning for Flooding and Coastal Change in Virginia” conference will bring together experts and leaders to discuss adaptation measures for flooding and other coastal issues and highlight the next steps in law and policy, and will include the next meeting of the Governor’s Climate Change and Resiliency Update Commission.

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