December 1, 2010
Albemarle County received a gold level certification in the 2010 Go Green VA Challenge, which is part of the Virginia Municipal League's larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative that kicked off in late 2007. The Board of Supervisors acknowledged this award at its meeting Wednesday morning.
The Go Green Challenge is a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local government and the broader community. Cities, towns and counties can become a certified "Green Government."
"We are very pleased to receive this recognition of our efforts in
environmental stewardship and appreciate our staff and the community's efforts that made this certification possible", said County Executive Bob Tucker.
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 total of 185 "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 185 were 25 "innovation points", including the County's support of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), the implementation of a Countywide 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).