VACo members have until October 9 to apply online to achieve certification under the 2015 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 on the Go Green “scorecard” will be recognized at VACo’s Annual Conference in November.
This year’s score card has more action items, thereby presenting additional opportunities to compile 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.
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 and complete the scorecard for the challenge go to www.gogreenva.org.
Completed scorecards need to be submitted by October 9, 2015.
If you have any questions contact Larry Land, VACo’s Director of Policy Development, at Lland@lvaco.org or by calling 804.343.2504.