Saturday, January 09, 2010

Thinking, acting and living as one in Hampton Roads, Virginia

Public Comment Period
January 5 - February 5, 2010

The Vision Hampton Roads document (draft) was released on January 5, 2010.

This is a 30-day public comment period required by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). You can view/download the document, i.e., our regional roadmap, at We encourage you to take the Public Comment Survey and pass this link along to your friends, neighbors and colleagues.

During the next 30 days, the plan's link will appear on the websites and e-correspondence of many regional organizations. We're depending on word-of-mouth (and email) to help create meaningful public participation in order to promote democracy and civic engagement, build public trust in government and enhance credibility within the community.

The Vision document is the product of over eight months of work, involving over 150 community volunteers.

A Public Responsiveness Summary will follow the 30-day comment period, showing respondents how their feedback impacts the plan. In early February, the final document will be developed for final review, approval and submission to the EDA.

Vision planning has placed Hampton Roads on a path to regional transformation by embedding a working process in all that we think, live and act regionally.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Seeing is believing

"Climate change is a really abstract thing in most of the world. Whether or not you believe in it is based on your sense of whether, for example, it is raining more or it is raining less, on whether it is getting hotter or colder. Or on what the computer models say about this, that and the other measurement? All of that, strip it away. In the world of the arctic and alpine environments, where the ice is, climate change is real and it’s present. The changes are happening. They’re very visible. They’re photographable. They’re measurable." -- James Balog

If you don't believe that we're losing ice from our planet, then you need to see this presentation at TED Global:

Here's a complete transcript of the talk.

The Extreme Ice Survey is the most wide-ranging glacier study ever conducted using ground-based, real-time photography. EIS uses time-lapse photography, conventional photography, and video to document the rapid changes now occurring on the Earth's glacial ice. The EIS team has installed 27 time-lapse cameras at 15 sites in Greenland, Iceland, Alaska, and the Rocky Mountains. EIS supplements this ongoing record with annual repeat photography in Iceland, the Alps, and Bolivia.