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James city county going green


Many of the following environmental achievements were enumerated in our submission to the Green Government Challenge, a friendly competition among local governments organized by the Virginia Municipal League.  The County’s Green Government Challenge submission items (and more green achievements as we accomplish them) are highlighted below.

James City County signs the cool counties declaration

On Sept. 25, 2007, James City County signed a commitment to:

  • inventory County government (operational) greenhouse gas emissions and reduce them to 80 percent below current levels by 2050; and,
  • work closely with local, state, and federal governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below current levels by 2050 with recommended goals to stop increasing emissions by 2010, and to achieve a 10 percent reduction every 5 years thereafter through 2050.

See our signed Cool Counties Declaration (requires Adobe Acrobat)

*James City County drafted the roadmap for achieving climate stabilization
The James City County Green Team drafted a detailed plan for achieving the climate goals laid out in the Cool Counties Declaration Board Resolution.

*Bimonthly energy audits performed of all government facilities

*County Zoning Regulations require dark sky parking lot lighting
Zoning regulations limit parking lot lighting to prevent glare on adjacent properties and public right-of-way. For more details, see Chapter 24, Article 2 of the Zoning Ordinance.

*Establishment of a Policy of LEED Certification for all new government gacilities
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of green buildings.  General Services has set the standard that all new buildings will be LEED certified.  For more about the LEED program, please visit the website of the U.S. Green Building Council.

*County Operations institutes ‘Free-Bay’ program
James City County staff operates a virtual ‘Free-Bay’ of office furniture and supplies to reduce procurement, reuse items and promote good stewardship of the taxpayer dollar.

*County Office recycling
The County Solid Waste/Recycling Office provides disposal services of trash and recycling to all James City County Government Offices. The County began the office paper recycling program in 1990. Since the program began, it has expanded and now accepts a wider variety of materials.  In November of 2008, the County reinvigorated the program via a renewed effort to educate office and custodial staff and provide uniform bins and signage. For more information, see our recycling flyer.

*Residential Recycling program
The James City County curbside recycling program began in 1990 and currently serves approximately 21,000 homes.

*Green Fleet Policy
The County leads by example with its Green Fleet comprised of low-emitting, fuel-efficient vehicles, propane mowers and biodiesel.

*County encourages staff to bike to work
The County provides bicycle storage, showers and a changing area at the County Complex.

  • County Encourages Mixed-Use Development, Cluster Development, and Bicycling for Transportation
  • County’s Conservation Easement (Purchase of Development Rights - PDR) Program
  • Special Stormwater Criteria Preserve Valuable Land
  • County Preserves Trees via Zoning and the Tree Protection Ordinance
  • County Staff Green Education Program
  • Environmental Clubs in the Schools
  • County Adopts Paperless Payroll
  • County Increases Availability of Bike Racks  and On-Street  Bike Lanes
  • Minimal Use of Toxic Materials in the Construction of County Complex Board, Building F Board Room
  • Volunteer Fire Department Farmer’s Market Opened Month 2008
  • Office of Housing and Community Development’s Ironbound Square Redevelopment Project
  • James City Service Authority’s Award-Winning Water Conservation Rebate Program
  • James City Service Authority’s Fats, Oils, and Grease Public Education Program


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