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Technical Workshops Schedule and Materials
Although the content of these workshops are typically targeted to local government staff, they are open to all interested people. Workshops are held at NVRC’s office, unless otherwise noted.

New Tools for Capturing Citizen Data
The Alice Ferguson Foundation and National Geographic are offering a free presentation on their citizen science project, Fieldscope, a tool for local governments and groups to collect and map critical environmental data.  This tool is available now, and AFF has entered a substantial amount of data for the region.  NVRC is hosting this event on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at our offices, 3060 Williams Drive, Ste 510, Fairfax, Virginia.  The program is free, but registration is required to ensure space is available.  For more information, contact NVRC () or Clara Elias ().


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Incentive-Based Sustainability Programs
  • April 16, 2012
  • 10 AM - 12:30 PM, registration begins at 9:30 AM
  • Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Room 8
    12000 Government Center Parkway
    Fairfax, VA 22035

A forum to learn from existing incentive programs and discuss potential applications to the Chesapeake Bay Phase II Watershed Implementation Plan.  The forum will encourage collaboration and share best practices regarding incentive-based sustainability programs.


Workshop Summary

Revitalizing Vacant Land and Reducing Run-off

With many local governments taking on tremendous efforts to improve water quality, vacant lots may be an underutilized resource. Localities are under various demands to balance water quality improvements, with increased economic growth, and opportunities to improve quality of life for residents. Could revitalizing vacant parcels be a viable option towards each of the goals?  This workshop provides a forum for those discussions.  One presentation will highlight the Town of Herndon’s Arrowhead Park, where stormwater is being reduced and water quality improved by design choices made for the urban park. Another will explore the City of Richmond’s recent Vacant Lands Assessment. We also look forward to discussing how these concepts may play a role in meeting the Chesapeake Bay TMDL requirements

Speakers represent the Fairfax County Park Authority, the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, the Green Infrastructure Center, and the Northern Virginia Regional Commission.

For questions or to RSVP, please contact Sam Kinzer at .

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