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Deadline looms on VACo Go Green Challenge!


VACo members have until October 10 to achieve certification under 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.

This year’s Go Green Challenge has more action items than in the past.  The Go Green Score sheet has 55 items for which counties may obtain credit compared to 44 last year. These additional items present more opportunities to accumulate the 100 points needed for certification. 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.

Again, completed scorecards need to be submitted by October 10.

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

VACo Contact: Larry Land, CAE

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