Join CBF and the Virginia Conservation Network for this virtual panel discussion exploring the environmental policy initiatives we hope to see the next governor implement. As we emerge from the COVID pandemic, we have a deeper appreciation of Virginia’s natural resources and their importance in our everyday lives. Hear from our four distinguished thought leaders about the initiatives the next governor will need to prioritize so Virginia can improve air and water quality, build resilience to climate change while rebuilding the economy, and address longstanding environmental justice issues.
Moderated by Sarah Vogelsong, Virginia Mercury
- Karen Campblin, Chair, NAACP Environmental Climate Justice Committee Fairfax County, will share how local land use decisions impact our quality of life and our ability to adapt to climate change.
- Rich Batiuk, former Associate Director of Science for EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Program, will discuss the status of the Clean Water Blueprint and what the next administration will need to implement to fully restore the Chesapeake Bay and improve water quality in all Virginia’s streams and rivers.
- Former Delegate Albert Pollard will discuss the climate crisis. As more frequent and intense storms bring more localized flooding, hotter days and nights cause more heat-related illnesses, and roads in coastal areas are underwater during high-tides, Virginians are struggling to adapt to the impacts of climate change. How can the next administration lower emissions while building resilience equitably?
- Misty Boos, Executive director of Wild Virginia, will share thoughts on how and why Virginia must plan to conserve more resource lands in order to protect regional biodiversity, provide wildlife habitat and sequester carbon.