It is Good to be Green
Date: October 17, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Privette, Environmental Coordinator
Phone: (757) 565-4000
In the effort to reduce James City County’s environmental impacts while increasing energy efficiency, the County has a new resource – the Green Team. The team, comprised of 19 members representing 18 County departments, meets monthly to identify strategies to improve energy conservation, fleet management, recycling and green building design.
Recently, the Green Team was instrumental in James City County’s award in the inaugural VML Green Government Challenge sponsored by Moseley Architects. The County’s 150-point total was good for third place in the category for local governments with populations between 15,001 - 90,000. The County will receive a check for $1,000 in addition to a plaque and a certificate.
The Challenge was designed to help local governments implement specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce carbon emissions while saving money. The County’s accomplishments for certification include: revitalization and redevelopment of older, low-to-moderate income, single-family residential homes using Earth Craft building design to minimize energy costs by including energy efficient appliances, building materials, and construction techniques; energy audits; internal governmental office and community recycling programs; and a "Green Fleet" policy that incorporates the purchase of low emitting fuel-efficient vehicles for vehicle fleet replacement and the use of alternative fuels (biodiesel, natural gas, ethanol) in fleet operations.
County Administrator, Sandy Wanner says, “the Green Team will be invaluable in supporting the County’s efforts to conserve natural resources. With their help, the County will find ways to become more energy efficient and reduce our carbon footprint.”
Future plans for the Green Team include implementing the Cool Counties Declaration – a commitment the County made to stop increasing greenhouse gas emissions by 2010 and achieve 10 percent reduction every five years thereafter through to 2050. The Team will also support public information and outreach efforts to promote sustainability initiatives in the community and will assist with preparation of the annual climate stabilization report to Board of Supervisors.