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Albemarle County goes gold in Virginia Municipal League Green Government Challenge

albemarleAlbemarle County has received a gold level certification in the 2015 Green Government Challenge, which is part of the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative that kicked off in late 2007. This is the eighth year that Albemarle County has received a certification from VML’s Green Government Challenge.

The Green Government Challenge is a friendly competition among local governments to encourage the implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions generated by both the local government and broader community. Cities, towns and counties can become a certified “Green Government.”

Local governments earned “green points” by implementing or adopting up to 44 action items divided into 10 categories ranging from energy efficiency and green buildings to land-use and innovation. The County earned a gold level certification with a total of 170 “green points” in areas such as energy efficiency, waste management, water / air quality, and education and community participation. Included in the County’s total of 170 earned points were “innovation credits” including the County’s support of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS), working with the City and University on a Local Climate Action Planning Process (LCAPP), and engaging in various public education and outreach efforts and organizations, such as the Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership (RRSEP) and the Rivanna Environmental Management System Alliance (REMSA).

Albemarle County’s Environmental Management manager was recognized for this accomplishment by the Board of Supervisors during their Board meeting on Wednesday, December 2, 2015.

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