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Albemarle Goes Gold in VML Green Government Challenge
11/20/2013

Albemarle County received a gold level certification in the 2013 Green Government Challenge, which is part of the Virginia Municipal League's larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative that kicked off in late 2007. This is the sixth year that Albemarle County has received a certification from VML's Green Government Challenge. The Green Government Challenge is a friendly competition among local governments to encourage the implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions generated by both the local government and broader community. Cities, towns and counties can become a certified "Green Government."

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. The County earned a gold level certification with a total of 155 "green points" in areas such as energy efficiency, climate protection, water resources, smart growth, and renewable energy use. Included in the County's total of 155 earned points were "innovation points" including the County's support of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), the implementation of an Environmental Management System (EMS), working with the City and University on a Local Climate Action Planning Process (LCAPP), and engaging in various public education and outreach efforts and organizations, such as the Rivanna Regional Stormwater Education Partnership (RRSEP) and the Rivanna Environmental Management System Alliance (REMSA).


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