Albemarle County receives platinum-level certification in 2018 Green Government Challenge

albemarle countyAlbemarle County has received a platinum-level certification in the 2018 Green Government Challenge, a program of Virginia Association of Counties and Virginia Municipal League.

This is the 11th year that Albemarle County has received a certification from Green Government Challenge.

“Our proudest new offering this year is that Albemarle County is participating in energy-saving programs with local nonprofit, LEAP. County residents can participate in their $45 Home Energy Check-Up program to receive a custom report on how to achieve real energy-efficiency, and savings, at home,” reflected Andy Lowe, Environmental Compliance Manager for Albemarle County.

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.”

Many of these actions save local governments money.

“Albemarle’s continued leadership in environmental initiatives is a great source of pride,” shared Ann Mallek, Chair of the Board of Supervisors.

Local governments earned “green points” by implementing or adopting up to 97 action items divided into 9 categories ranging from renewable energy and waste management to employee incentives and innovation. The County earned a platinum level certification with a total of 180 “green points” in areas such as energy efficiency, land use/transportation, environmental stewardship, waste management and community involvement.

Included in the County’s total of earned points were 25 “innovation credits” for initiatives such as the County’s support of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), the implementation of an Integrated Pest Management program to reduce chemical use, and the implementation of a source separated recycling program.

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