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Petersburg Earns Platinum Level Certification for "Go Green"
 

Petersburg, VA - The Virginia Municipal League (VML) awarded the City of Petersburg with platinum level certification in the 2015 “Go Green VA Challenge,” part of the VML’s larger “Go Green Virginia” environmental initiative.

“This recognition demonstrates the City’s investment and outreach programs that are key to the City’s Strategic Plan to create a more livable and sustainable community to meet future generation’s needs. We will continue to develop policies that protects the environment and creates a healthy community” says City Manager, William E. Johnson, III.

The VML’s “Go Green Challenge” is designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and actions that reduce carbon emissions generated by both local government and the community. It is evaluated based on 10 categories and 44 action items to equal a score of 200 possible points.

Petersburg received the award for many initiatives including:
  • Performed an Energy Efficiency study of the City’s Facilities to develop an Energy Improvement Plan which will reduce greenhouse gas emission and provide an energy guarantee savings related for the maintenance and operations of water, lighting, HVAC and roofing; and
  • Undergoing a Performance Contract to improve the energy efficiency for all occupied City facilities
  • Adopted a policy of LEED Certification for all public facilities for construction and renovations; and
  • Adopted a Green Fleet Policy to reduce twenty percent of the City’s annual usage of petroleum by January 2018; and
  • Completion of the Virginia Tech’s Environmental and Sustainability Management System Training Program (ESMS) to develop best practices to reduce environmental impacts and increase operating efficiency; and
  • Added 5-miles of new bike lanes as part of the City’s annual pavement schedule; and
  • Installed 11,500 water meters with Automated Meter Reading System (AMR) to improve conservation of water and reduce vehicle emissions by 9 tons of CO2.
In the Photo:
Petersburg Mayor W. Howard Myers, second from left, received the city's recognition for platinum level certification in the 2015 “Go Green VA Challenge” at Virginia Municipal League's annual conference. Myers  presented the award to Petersburg’s Department of Public Works at the City Council meeting a couple of weeks later.

City of Petersburg, VA press release

Article in The Progress Index
Article on Virginia's Gateway Region Economic Development Organization website

For additional information:
Jay Alexander
(804) 733-2302
jalexander@petersburg-va.org