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Don’t Miss a Special Go Green Seminar on August 2!

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Go Green Virginia, a partnership between VACo and the Virginia Municipal League, will present a special forum on high-profile environmental issues that will have major impacts upon local governments in the immediate future on August 2.

This year’s forum will focus on solar energy, water supply and requirements associated with the Chesapeake Bay TMDL (Total Maximum Daily Load).  To discuss issues relating to solar energy the presenters will be Robert Lazarro, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, VACo’s own Joe Lerch, Director of Local Government Policy. A presentation on Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts will be made by Russ Baxter, Virginia’s Deputy Secretary for the Chesapeake Bay. Scott Kudlas, Director of DEQ’s Office of Water Supply has also been invited to make a presentation.

The Go Green Forum will be offered at no charge. It is scheduled between 1:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at Richmond’s Convention Center, after adjournment of the Resilient Virginia Conference (see below).

Although there is no fee for attending the Go Green Forum, we ask those planning to attend to submit a registration form or register online.

Questions about the August 2 Forum may be directed to  Larry Land, VACo’s Director of Policy Development, at lland@vaco.org or by calling 804.343.2504.

2017 Green Government Challenge launched

VACo members may now register online to participate in the 2017 Green Government Challenge, a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific policies and practical actions to protect the environment and promote energy efficiency by local governments and the broader communities they serve. As in years past, those qualifying with at least 100 “green” points, for completing certain action items, will be recognized at the VACo conference in November.

So how will the revised challenge look? There will be more action items than ever, up to 73 from last year’s 55, thereby presenting additional opportunities to garner points to reach the 100 level. Many of the new items will present opportunities for VACo members to build partnerships (both public and private) to expand efforts at building more resilient communities. For example, points can be earned by participating in the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS) program, a certification process that reduces risks and damages due to flooding with the reward of lower insurance premiums for policyholders. Another example is the ability to earn points by facilitating or supporting a “solarize” initiative in your community to lower the cost of solar panel installations through bulk purchasing.  More opportunities are also available in such categories as community involvement, energy efficiency, renewable energy, procurement, land use/transportation, water stewardship and waste management.  The score sheet is also structured to allow applicants to earn points for innovative programs.

Completed scorecards need to be submitted by October 6, 2017.

As with the current challenge, there will be plenty of resources and examples available on the website for each action item.

For more information and to register for the challenge go to www.gogreenva.org. If you have any questions contact Larry Land, VACo’s Director of Policy Development, at lland@vaco.org or by calling 804.343.2504.