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VACO's Go Green Program Recognizes Albemarle County

The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) has announced the recipients of the 2012 Go Green Awards and for the 4th year in a row, Albemarle County has been named a winner. The program, instituted by the Virginia Municipal League in 2007, is designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that not only reduce carbon emissions, but can save local governments money.

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition of our continuing efforts in environmental stewardship and we appreciate our staff and the community’s efforts that made this certification possible,” said County Executive Tom Foley.

Local governments earned “green points” by implementing or adopting up to 30 policies and actions divided into 11 categories ranging from energy efficiency and green buildings to land-use and innovation.  Albemarle County received a total of 160 “green” points out of a possible 200 total points and this is third straight year for Albemarle to score “Gold” certification.  Albemarle received points for supporting the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) for county residents and the Better Business Challenge for local businesses. 

The winning counties represent a growing group of localities that believe in taking innovative steps to reduce energy usage and promote sustainability.

The winning counties are:

• Albemarle County
• Arlington County
• Chesterfield County
• Henrico County
• James City County
• Loudoun County
• Prince William County

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