Climate Change & Norfolk

Flooding is not new to anyone who has lived in Norfolk for any amount of time and it is undeniable that it is getting progressively worse. This threatens our economy, our infrastructure, and individuals’ livelihoods. Hannah sees flooding mitigation and economic assistance to households being affected by flood waters as an immediate need; however, it is arguably more important to tackle climate change from its source(s). It will take local and statewide collaboration to begin this work and have it successfully serve every Virginian.


  • Virginia Green New Deal; full transition to renewables by 2036
    • Have 40% of new jobs created under the VA GND are directed to Black & Brown communities most affected by climate change
  • Support Community Flood Preparedness Fund
  • Support Storm Water Local Assistance Fund (SLAF)
  • Incentivize localities¬† to reduce carbon footprint and improve energy efficiency
  • Support litter tax
  • Carbon tax or labeling on products with high emissions
  • Tax fossil fuels companies & end subsidies (i.e. oil, natural gas, coal, factory/industrial farms)
  • Funding for programs to teach skills in wind & solar (especially in rural & coal-reliant communities)
  • State grants for commercial & residential solar panel transition

Current Legislative Stances

  • Support HB 77: Green New Deal Act
  • Support SB 1396: Authorizes the State Board of Health to use the Onsite Sewage Indemnification Fund to provide grants and loans to property owners with income at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines to repair failing onsite sewage systems or install onsite sewage systems on properties that lack adequate sewage disposal
  • Support SB 1318 & HB 2074: Directs each state agency to adopt an agency-specific environmental justice policy and includes robust public participation plans for residents of environmental justice communities and fenceline communities potentially affected by a covered agency action.
  • Support SB 1186: Prohibits the construction of any new municipal solid waste landfill within three miles of any designated historic district, building, structure, object, or site
  • Support HB 2118: Requires the Department of Environmental Quality to establish the Electric Vehicle Grant Program for the purpose of
    • Awarding grants on a competitive basis to school boards for:
      • assisting with the complete replacement of existing diesel school buses with electric school buses no later than 2031
      • the implementation of recharging infrastructure or other infrastructure needed to charge or maintain such electric school buses
      • workforce development and training to support the maintenance, charging, and operation of such electric school buses
    • Developing education outreach to promote the Program
  • Support HB 2074 &¬† SB 1318: Establishes the Interagency Environmental Justice Working Group to advise the executive branch (Governor)

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