Coastal Community Resilience Challenge Finalists

RISE is pleased to announce seven finalists of the Coastal Community Resilience Challenge. The Challenge sought innovative solutions around major resilience issues that can be demonstrated in the Hampton Roads region of Southeastern Virginia, can be built into sustainable businesses, and are scalable to other communities. Challenge judges selected the seven finalists from a very competitive pool of 51 innovative solutions around five Challenge topics: water management, data analytics, buildings protection, critical systems functionality, and disconnected communities. RISE partnered with MIT Solve to attract submissions and judges from around the world.

The finalists will be invited to pitch to the RISE Resilience Innovation Fund offering more than $1 million in funding. The winners will be announced in Spring 2019.

Meet the Finalists

Team: Building Resilient Solutions, LLC
Solution: Building Retrofit Techniques for Flood Resilience in Hampton Roads

Building Resilient Solutions will enhance viability of established neighborhoods in flood-prone areas by piloting alternative flood resilience retrofit methods for older and historic structures under various flooding conditions. The team will test these methods at several volunteer demonstration sites in Hampton Roads, with emphases on the use of traditional building materials, the latest dry flood proofing and barrier systems. The demonstration sites will have a history of repetitive flooding loss and will include a variety of building use types and socio-economic factors.

Team: Constructis Energy
Solution: Roadway Energy X-platform

Generating electricity requires expensive infrastructure, takes up limited land resources, requires vulnerable grid arteries, and incurs constant operations and maintenance costs. Solar and wind solutions can be difficult in the urban environment. Constructis will demonstrate roadway energy harvesting micro-grids, providing emergency power storage, communications, and first responder vehicle plug-in. These microgrids will also power pump systems to alleviate roadway flooding.

Team: Flood Mitigation Hampton Roads
Solution: WetSand Conveying System

Team led by Home Mechanix will test and demonstrate a novel approach to expedite the basement sand fill process in a way that significantly reduces the time and cost of implementation, while decreasing insurance premiums. This patent-pending approach avoids the need for expensive mechanical conveyor equipment by creating a slurry of sand that is readily moved into crawl or basement areas.

Team: GROW Oyster Reefs, LLC
Solution: GROW Oyster Reefs!

GROW Oyster Reefs will increase the number of oysters and reefs worldwide starting in the Hampton Roads area. Existing commercial solutions are made with recycled materials which are costly to maintain and not always conducive to oysters or the ecosystem health. GROW will demonstrate a novel concept of oyster reef restoration while providing jobs and training for underserved population. These reefs will improve the overall water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and reduce effects of flooding by creating an organic seawall. GROW’s solution is also one of the winners of  the 2018 MIT Solve Coastal Communities Challenge.

Team: Landscape Resilience Partnership
Solution: Resilience from the Ground UP

The Landscape Resilience Partnership (LRP) including Wetlands Watch, Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional (CBLP) and other partners, will accelerate the development of landscape and green infrastructure resilience solutions by refining and scaling its workforce training and certification program with a focus on region-specific needs. This effort will meet the region’s growing demand for nature-based approaches and help develop ways of retrofitting water management and resilience solutions into built-out neighborhoods dominated by private ownership of small parcels. LRP will develop a cadre of trained landscape professionals who can design, install, and maintain resilience practices to meet the region’s needs.

Team: Resilient Enterprise Solution (RES)
Solution: Resilient Enterprise Solution

RES will mitigate flood risks, reduce insurance premiums, and grow jobs by converting coastal home-raising from a cottage industry to a franchise network. RES will offer financing, insurance, and actual home-raising as a single source offering. At the same time, RES proposes to establish the Home Raising Academy in Hampton Roads to recruit, train, employ Lift Managers and Lift Technicians.

Team: InfraSGA 
Solution: Urban Retrofit Bio-Retention Systems

Over the last decade there has been a significant increase in the implementation of urban retrofit bio-retention projects in response to regulatory and other requirements. The lack of resources required to sustain many of the projects have caused them to fail, be neglected, or removed. SGA will pilot innovative urban retrofit bio-retention systems that will reduce stormwater flooding while decreasing the design, construction, and operation and maintenance costs. SGA will also prototype a number of new approaches that will advance the state of the art of green stormwater management.