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2016 Green Government Challenge launched


VACo members may now register online to participate in the 2016 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, up to 55 from last year’s 44, 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. Points may also be earned by participating in Virginia Tech’s Environment and Sustainability Management System (ESMS), which county officials can learn more about by attending a seminar in Harrisonburg on August 8.

Completed scorecards need to be submitted by October 10, 2016.

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 If you have any questions contact Larry Land, VACo’s Director of Policy Development, at or by calling 804.343.2504.

VACo Contact: Larry Land, CAE

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