Gloucester County was recognized at the 2010 Virginia Association of Counties Annual Conference and at Tuesday’s Gloucester County Board of Supervisors meeting as being named a Certified Green Government. The recognition was given by VACo as well as the Virginia Municipal League.
Gloucester County spokesperson Christi Lewis said the Green Government Challenge is a friendly competition designed to encourage jurisdictions to implement specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce energy usage and promote sustainability by both local government and the broader community.
"Localities become certified ‘Green Governments’ by registering in the challenge and earning designated green points for implementing or adopting specific policies and actions across various categories," Lewis said. "Localities are required to accumulate at least 100 green points out of a possible 200 to earn certification as a Green Government," she added.
Gloucester County Administrator Brenda Garton credits the dedicated work and extra efforts made by the county’s internal Green Initiatives Team in helping Gloucester receive certification.
Lewis said a few of the new initiatives that helped Gloucester receive the needed certification points included increasing the purchase and use of recycled paper, implementing an "anti-idling" vehicle policy, establishing a Green Office Challenge program for local businesses and offices and hosting an annual special event that promotes and educates the public on environmental issues.
Members of the Green Initiatives Team who were recognized at the board meeting included Lorna Frazier-Lindsey, Clean Community; Don Patton, Public Works; Bill Adams, Sheriff’s Department; George Bains, Information Technology; William Fary, Utilities; Emily Gibson, Planning; Bonnie Holloman, Purchasing; Chris Smith, Beaverdam Park, and Holly Stallman, GIS Mapping.
More specifics on VML’s Green Government Challenge may be found at www.gogreenva.org. For local businesses and offices interested in participating in Gloucester’s Green Office Challenge, visit the county’s website at www.gloucesterva.info and select "Clean Community" or call Amanda Wallace with Gloucester Community Education at 693-5730.