A HISTORY OF THE CLEAR PLANNING EFFORT

December 2011

University of Mary Washington President Rick Hurley, Dean Richard Finkelstein, Marstel-Day CEO Rebecca Rubin and Lt. Gen. John F. Regni (Commander and Superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy and member of Marstel-Day Board of Advisors) meet to discuss coordination of a regional plan for resilience and resource protection.

January 2012

Discussion begins between UMW and Martel-Day about building an environmental action plan for the George Washington Region.

March 2012

Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce President Susan Spears joins discussion group. Later on, CLEAR briefs the Chamber’s Green Business Advisory Committee.

April 2012

Fredericksburg Mayor Tom Tomzak signs U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. First-draft prospectus outlining the process for developing a Climate and Environmental Action plan for the George Washington Region is created.

May 2012

CLEAR holds a small focus group of about 20 community leaders at UMW’s Jepson Alumni Executive Center and begins to build support among stakeholders.

July 2012

CLEAR receives financial support from PNC Foundation. List of CLEAR stakeholders grows to over 90 corporations, not-for-profit groups, local and state agencies, and individuals.

January 2013

Community forum held at UMW with 35 community leaders in attendance to identify regional concerns about environmental degradation, crisis planning, preservation of regional resources and economic and environmental resilience.

April 2013

Fredericksburg Mayor Mary Katherine Greenlaw signs U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement

September 2013

The Free Lance-Star conducts a survey to assess citizens’ perceptions about regional strengths and concerns about Rappahannock River, open space and environmental health. Results reveal concerns about infrastructure, threats to open spaces and the health of the river.

October 2013

CLEAR receives financial support from Virginia Environmental Endowment, Atlantic Builders, Marstel-Day LLC and the National Academy of Environmental Design.

November 2013

More than 70 members of the community gather at UMW’s Jepson Alumni Executive Center for a half-day planning charette, Participants offer dozens of ideas in the areas of community resilience, soil and water, river and open space, emergency preparedness and economic development.

January 2014

CLEAR presents its first draft. Participants from the November meeting offer feedback on the plan’s goals and action plan.

February-March 2014

CLEAR plan is revised and edited, CLEAR establishes presences on Facebook and Twitter and prepares to release plan to the public.

April 2014

CLEAR plan is released; CLEAR begins to engage the George Washington Region in discussions and actions to improve resilience and protect key assets. Initial planning groups are tasked with some of the first items from the plan’s list of goals.

April 30, 2014 – Marstel-Day, in partnership with CLEAR, hosts a talk on priority-setting for natural resource conservation with Jeff Danter ofThe Trust for Public Land.

Looking forward: Spring 2015

CLEAR intends to host a series of public outreach events to report on progress and adjust goals for 2020.

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