On Jan. 13, 2004, the James City County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on the Reduction of Transportation Petroleum Use. The resolution set a goal of reducing the County’s petroleum usage by 20 percent by 2010. The driving force behind the County’s petroleum reduction program was to increase the energy independence of the United States, reduce emissions and improve air quality. The benchmarks of the County’s proactive petroleum reduction policy are being watched closely for success.
In fact, the Virginia Municipal League has identified our green fleet program as a model to other Virginia localities in the “Green Government Challenge," a friendly competition to help local governments implement specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions.
According to The Governor’s Commission on Climate Change, carbon dioxide emissions rose in Virginia by approximately 34 percent from 1990 to 2004, a rate nearly twice the national average. This increase results, in part, from growth in Virginia’s economy and development patterns that have produced sprawl and long commutes. Virginia ranked in the top ten states with a 30 percent increase in gasoline-powered cars during this period.
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