​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2res.png​Resil​iency is the capacity of business, economic, and social structures to survive, adapt, grow, and recover in the face of change and uncertainty related to disturbances, whether caused by resource stresses, societal stresses, and/or acute events. 

Many crises threaten the fabric of our community; these create opportunities to prepare for another century of vitality for the City of Virginia Beach. Through S.T.i.R., the City of Virginia Beach is on a journey toward building stronger and more sustainable and resilient communities.​ ​​​S.T.i.R. efforts focus on ensuring the City’s workfor​ce, community, and businesses are prepared to adapt to the many challenges that threaten our ability to be a sustainable and resilient community. 

The City of Virginia Beach has actively taken steps toward developing a healthy environment, strong economy, and contributing to the well-being of people in the community. ​ The city has decided to adopt the STAR Community Rating System to evaluate initiatives toward local sustainability and resiliency.  A baseline assessment is underway. 

An Organizational Resilience Committee (ORC) has been established to improve the organization's ability to adapt to changing conditions and unexpected events that may disrupt the community and the organization's ability to adapt to the disruption and to sustain the services and resources needed by the community and businesses.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

vbsustainabilityplan.pngThe City's Sustain​ability Plan

 STAR Community

STAR (Sustainability Tool for Assessing & Rating Communities) is the nation's leading framework and certification program for evaluating local sustainability by measuring economic, environmental, and social performance. The rating system provides a comprehensive benchmark for local governments and their communities to effectively strategize for sustainability and resiliency using best practices. This STAR initiative is an important effort being launched by the city to concentrate on the following goal areas:  Built Environment, Climate & Energy, Economy & Jobs, Edu​cation, Arts, & Community, Equity & Empowerment, and Health & Safety, Natural Systems.

The benefits of being identified as a STAR Community:stars.png
  • Demonstrate commitment to local sustainability
  • Receive national recognition for leadership and achievements
  • Gain competitive advantage for attracting economic development and funding
  • Improve transparency and accountability and showcase results
  • Communicate long-term resiliency and risk management to municipal bond agencies
  • Build and strengthen partnerships within government and community​​​​​​​​​

VB_PROFILE.pngView the city's profile on the STAR Communities' website 

 Built Environment

be.png The Built Environment goal is to achieve livability, choice, and access for all where people live, work, and play. Built Environment is evaluated on the basis of community patterns, livability, and design characteristics, with emphasis on access and choice for all residents. Seven objectives specifically evaluate ambient noise and light, community water systems, compact and complete communities, housing affordability, infill and development, pub​lic parkland, and transportation choices.​

 Climate & Energy

ces.png The Climate & Energy goal is to reduce climate impacts through adaptation and mitigation efforts and increase resource efficiency.  Climate & Energy is evaluated on the basis of seven objectives; specifically, Climate Adaptation, Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Greening the Energy Supply, Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Local Government GHG & Resource Efficiency, and Waste Minimization.​

 Economy & Jobs

ejs.pngThe Economy & Jobs goal is to create equitably shared prosperity and access to quality jobs.  Economy & Jobs is assessed on the basis of six objectives; specifically, Business Retention & Development, Green Market Development, Local Economy, Quality Jobs & Living Wages, Targeted Industry Development, and Workforce Readiness.​

 Education, Arts, & Community

eacs.png ​The Education,  Arts, & Community goal is to empower vibrant, educated, connected, and diverse communities. ​Education, Arts, & Community focuses on promoting an educated, cohesive, and socially connected community. Six objectives are measured to evaluate Education, Arts, & Community; specifically, Arts & Culture, Community Cohesion, Educational Opportunity & Attainment, Historic Preservation, Social & Cultural Diversity, and Aging in the Community.

 Health & Safety

ees.png The Health & Safety goal is to strengthen communities to be healthy, resilient, and safe places for residents and businesses.  Health & Safety focuses on developing a healthy, safe, and resilient community through proactive measures to prevent disease, injury, and premature death by fortifying protective factors and reducing risk factors that undermine healthy outcomes. ​Seven objectives are based on Active Living, Community Health, Emergency Management & Response, Food Access & Nutrition, Health Systems, Hazard Mitigation, and Safe Communities.

 Equity & Empowerment

ees.png ​The Equity & Empowerment goal is to ensure equity, inclusion, and access to opportunity for all community members. Equity & Empowerment ​are evaluated based on six objectives: Civic Engagement, Civil & Human Rights, Environmental Justice, Equitable Services & Access, Human Services, and Poverty Prevention & Alleviation. ​

 Natural Systems

nss.pngThe Natural Systems goal is to protect and restore the natural resource base upon which life depends. The Natural Systems goal takes an ecosystem services approach and recognizes the wide range of benefits natural systems provide, such as food, water, and natural regulating processes impacting climate and floods. Six goal areas include Green Infrastructure, Biodiversity & Invasive Species, Natural Resource Protection, Outdoor Air Quality, Water in the Environment, and Working Lands. ​

​​Mapping Data
View a map​ illustrating housing located in the floodplain.

NOAA's real-time web mapping portal