The HRPDC welcomed “new” Principal Planner, Eric Walberg, on May 1st. While he may be a recent hire, he is quite familiar with Hampton Roads and a returning HRPDC employee.
Mr. Walberg, AICP, is an urban and environmental planner with professional experience in both governmental and nonprofit sectors. Prior to his return to the HRPDC, Eric managed the Climate Services program at the Manomet Center of Conservation Sciences in Massachusetts. The Climate Services program provides guidance to communities in New England on balancing climate preparedness with social well-being and economic resiliency. Eric led multiple projects including the creation of climate change adaptation plans for multiple sites in Massachusetts and Maine and the development of regional green infrastructure analyses for the Taunton River Watershed and the Pine Barrens Ecoregion in Massachusetts.
Previously, Eric progressed through a series of positions at the HRPDC and served as the Administrator of the Physical and Environmental Planning Department. In that capacity he led the Southern Watershed Management Program, developed comprehensive plans for several member localities, updated the regional solid waste plan, and coordinated the regional Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program. He served on the Policy Board of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program and was a member of the Virginia Wind Energy Task Force. He was responsible for the development of the first regional green infrastructure plan in Virginia.
Eric holds a Master of Planning degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Old Dominion University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Welcome Back Eric!