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Raise or retreat? Home elevation aims to protect historic houses

FEMA has paid millions of dollars to raise more than 120 homes across Hampton Roads in the last decade, but industry expert John Sargent believes that’s not nearly enough to keep our region afloat.

That’s why Sargent brought the Home Raising Academy to Hampton Roads. The Home Raising Academy was funded by a $250,000 RISE resiliency grant.

The Washington Post

Backed-up pipes, stinky yards: Climate change is wrecking septic tanks

As climate change intensifies, septic failures are emerging as a vexing issue for local governments.

Lewie Lawrence, executive director of the Middle Peninsula Planning District, is looking for solutions, partnering with RISE, a Norfolk-based technology innovations accelerator, in a challenge to design septic systems that can be elevated much like HVAC systems.

Government Technology

Norfolk, Va., Offers Real-Time Flood Data to Drivers

Waze, a navigation app owned by Google, has partnered with Norfolk, Va., to pilot an app that will allow drivers to get real-time information about flooded roads. The alert system was set up Monday.

Waze is piloting the program with Norfolk. The forecasting technology comes from FloodMapp, a climate tech company funded by RISE Resilience Innovations, the Norfolk-based nonprofit that doles out money and resources to find solutions to environmental challenges.

WHRO

At a Crossroads: Local program helps fund business solutions to climate change

In 2017, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Norfolk $120 million to better protect its communities against natural disasters. Norfolk has used most of that money for infrastructure enhancements: building berms, raising walls and laying stormwater pipes. But the city also set aside about $5 million for RISE, a nonprofit that helps businesses grow as they create solutions to help address climate change.

The Virginian-Pilot

Rising seas, and rising profits

The very idea sounds backwards — usually frequent flooding from bigger and more destructive storms is costly. One study showed a direct hit could have cost the region $5 billion of its gross domestic product in just three months. But some are looking at the rising seas and sensing opportunity.

WAVY

Local organization challenges teams to solve sea level rise

A local non-profit is challenging teams and entrepreneurs to come up with ways to solve sea level rise. Rise is a non-profit organization that focuses on solving resilience problems in coastal communities, including sea level rise, recurrent flooding and economic resilience.

RISE Press Release

RISE Announces Five Winners of the 2020 Coastal Community Resilience Challenges

RISE today announced five winners of the 2020 RISE Coastal Community Resilience Challenges. The winners are small businesses that will each receive up to $250,000 to advance and demonstrate cutting-edge products that help coastal communities adapt to the impacts of sea level rise and flooding. RISE will work with the five teams to pilot their approaches in a “living laboratory” environment across the Hampton Roads region in coastal Virginia, with the goal of building economically viable businesses and solutions that are scalable to other communities.