Newsletter Issue:
October 2020
Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
Apply for the 2021 Awards
GEEA
The application period is now open for the 2021 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards acknowledge successful and innovative programs and projects throughout the Commonwealth in the following categories:
Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Dec. 9, 2020.
Congratulations to the 2020 Winners!
On Aug. 21, the winners of the 2020 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards were announced by webinar to an audience of over 175. Policy and Communications Advisor to the Secretary of Natural Resources Meryem Karad introduced Governor Ralph Northam, who welcomed the attendees and congratulated the winners. It was especially meaningful for the winners, who missed the opportunity to participate in an in-person awards ceremony. 
The awards recognized six gold, two silver and four bronze medal winners plus one honorable mention. Three gold medal winners are highlighted below.
The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Regional Sewer Authority was recognized for the Enhanced Biosolids Reuse and Reduction Project.
Fairfax County Public Schools was recognized for its sustainability program, Get2Green.
Virginia Clean Cities was recognized for its Clean Fuels Advancement in Virginia program.
Looking for Your Next P2 Project?
Learn about what others around the Commonwealth are doing to protect the environment and reduce their footprints.

Welcome New VEEP Member!
Carter Machinery Company's South Hill location in LaCrosse joined VEEP as an E3 member in September. The facility rents, sells and services mobile construction equipment and power generation equipment. The South Hill facility is working to minimize energy use and VOC emissions.
Events and Resources
Virginia Clean Energy Summit
The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality is co-hosting the second annual Virginia Clean Energy Summit on Oct. 20-21, which is virtual this year. A unique collaboration of prominent renewable energy groups across the state, the summit focuses on the synergy between renewable energy technologies. Also at the forefront are policies and business practices that are transforming Virginia's energy landscape.
 
Attendees will be able to explore opportunities emerging from this exciting industry and network with experts from different backgrounds. The goal is to highlight opportunities as well as encourage collaboration that promotes energy efficiency through the use of solar, wind, storage, electric vehicles and other clean energy solutions.
Resilient Virginia's Resiliency Academy
Resilient Virginia is hosting the Fall 2020 Resiliency Academy series featuring four webinars highlighting the best resiliency planning tools available to help communities build the capacity to maintain critical functionality and vitality in the face of severe disturbances and chronic stressors.
P2 Resources
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council has developed a Food Matters program and policy toolkit. The toolkit is designed for city policymakers and agency staff nationwide who are seeking to advance a program or implement policies to prevent food from becoming waste, increase donation of surplus food and recycle food scraps.
  • The Virginia Energy Efficiency Council is hosting a free Fall Forum on Nov. 10. The event will include educational presentations on timely topics and, for the first time ever, a virtual trade show. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with Virginia’s energy efficiency leaders and help your business or organization grow.
  • The 2020 Fuel Economy Guide is now available. It provides detailed fuel economy estimates for model year 2020 light-duty vehicles, along with estimated annual fuel costs and other information for prospective car buyers.
  • The 100 Best Fleets in The Americas is hosting a free webinar entitled, Sustainability "How Tos" on Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. Hear from the winners of the 2020 Green Fleet Awards about how they achieve their sustainability. You will learn tools, techniques and strategies to employ the next day.