One city in the Shenandoah Valley is being recognized for its "green" initiatives. Staunton is a certified "Green Government" recognized by the Virginia Municipal League.
The designation is given to cities that worked to reduce carbon emissions during the league's 2013 Green Government Challenge. Staunton made changes including using LED lights in city buildings, no-flush urinals and timed lights in parking garages.
Staunton was one of 20 cities, towns and counties that participated in the league's Green Government Challenge. Awards were given to the certified localities at the Virginia Municipal League Annual Conference in October.
City of Staunton Press Release
Staunton, Virginia – October 31, 2013 – The Virginia Municipal League (VML) recently recognized the City of Staunton as a certified “Green Government.” The certification resulted from the city’s participation in the 2013 VML Green Government Challenge.
The Green Government Challenge, part of VML’s larger Go Green Virginia environmental initiative, is a friendly competition among local governments in Virginia to encourage the implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions.
Participating 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. Amassing between 100 and 124 “green points” out of a possible 200 earned certification as a “Green Government.”
Twenty cities, towns and counties participated in the 2013 Green Government Challenge. Awards were presented to certified localities at the VML Annual Conference in Arlington on October 15.
VML is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town and county governments established in 1905 to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services.