Purposeful Cross-National Transfers of Sustainability Innovations from Overseas to Benefit Communities in the United States [10.29.20]

Guest: Dale Medearis, PhD, Sr. Reg. Planner, NVRC

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Program Summary:

The world-wide EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® movement is linking millions of professionals and citizens around the globe through a practical community-by-community identification, evaluation, broadcasting, and promotions weekly television program and selected The Emerald Mini-Treks®.

EmeraldPlanet International Foundation® has continually expanded its outreach and service to all sectors of countries and local communities. It is actively identifying the “best of the best” technologies, services, products, and processes. This is the “high touch” portions of the EmeraldPlanet® global movement featuring the “high technologies” through The Emerald Mini-Treks®, while creating The Emerald Mall® to match those inventing, creating, experimenting with, and manufacturing needed technologies. with those individuals and communities needing such technologies, services, products, and processes for sustainable, resilient, and adaptive living in closer harmony with natural surroundings.

WELCOME to join in this world-wide movement by watching The EmeraldPlanet TV® programs, participating in planning for and joining in various The Emerald Mini-Treks®, and linking your “best practices” to those in need on The Emerald Mall®. MANY BEST WISHES as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock

Our featured guests are:

  • Show ‘1’: Dale Medearis, PhD, Senior Regional Planner, Regional Sustainability Policy, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Theme: “Challenges with International Sustainability Work at U.S. Local Levels”
  • Show ‘2’: Dale Medearis, PhD, Senior Regional Planner, Regional Sustainability Policy, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Theme: “Northern Virginia Regional Commission International Business Model”
  • Show ‘3’: Dale Medearis, PhD, Senior Regional Planner, Regional Sustainability Policy, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Theme: “Precedents and Future Applications Local Levels Strategic, Outcome-Oriented Global Engagement”
  • Show ‘4’: Dale Medearis, PhD, Senior Regional Planner, Regional Sustainability Policy, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Theme: “Road Ahead for Global Engagement on Sustainable Development by U.S. Local Governments”

Program Overview:

Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) is a regional council of governments representing 13 localities and approximately 2.4 million people of the northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC.  According to Virginia Code, NVRC is a political subdivision (government agency) of the Commonwealth. NVRC’s board is composed of elected officials of member local governments. Chief functions are providing information and professional and technical services for members, and serving as a mechanism for regional coordination. A statutory purpose is to “promote the orderly and efficient development of the physical, social and economic elements of the district by planning, and encouraging and assisting localities to plan, for the future.”

For over 50 years, NVRC has used its expertise and unique position addressing varied issues. On matters concerning climate and energy, NVRC leads the Regional Resiliency team and aids local members with development of resiliency strategies in response to key climate stressors. These programs are tied to broader watershed protection efforts for the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. NVRC’s climate mitigation efforts have included development of community energy plans for Loudoun (2009) and Arlington counties (2012) and solar photovoltaic and energy efficiency/weatherization programs for age- and income-qualifying residents via the Local Energy Alliance Program. On matters of social inclusion, NVRC has addressed needs of an aging population, immigrants, children with underserved health issues, deinstitutionalized adults with mental health concerns, and juvenile offenders; it has prepared regional plans for prevention, treatment and control of substance abuse; since 1990 it has engaged in needs assessment, capacity building, and provision of services for persons living with AIDS.

As administrator of federal AIDS grants in the region, NVRC has sub-granted millions of dollars to the community-based entities that deliver medical and supportive services. On matters concerning equity, NVRC aids members in identifying resources and disseminating information on affordable housing and homeless shelters. NVRC also helps the Northern Virginia Aging Network craft a legislative platform and consider responses to critical issues affecting the region’s older adults. Finally, since 2000, NVRC’s international work has transformed the region’s climate and urban sustainability efforts through the unilateral transfers of policy and technology innovations from overseas to Northern Virginia.

Thank You Production Crew and Program Team for your commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we continue to expand our “best practices” solutions identification and reporting in our second decade. We would like to acknowledge that equipment and facilities are provided by Fairfax Public Access, Fairfax, Virginia. We thank our many viewers, supporters, and the general public for weekly feedback, ideas, and suggestions as together we create The EmeraldPlanet®…Dr. Sam Hancock, Executive Producer, Creator & Host, The EmeraldPlanet TV®