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  Virginia Environmental Excellence Program
 October 2018

2019 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards 
Applications are now being accepted!  The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards (GEEA) acknowledge successful and innovative programs and projects throughout the Commonwealth in the following categories:  sustainability environmental project land conservation and  implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan.  For more information, visit the  Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards website. 

Winners will be announced at the 30th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. Information on previous winners can be found on the GEEA Award Winners page.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on December 6, 2018.

Questions should be directed to Meghann Quinn at  804-698-4021 or
Save the Date!  
December 5th in Woodbridge
On  December 5th, the Office of Pollution Prevention will be hosting the Northern Region VEEP Workshop in Woodbridge.  Please join us for a day of discussion on topics including regulatory updates and environmental management systems, including case studies from VEEP members.  Invitation coming soon!

Join Businesses for the Bay and their Networking Partner, the Chesapeake Bay Program, for a free Lunch and Learn webinar!
The Chesapeake Bay watershed has historical and cultural sites from significant points in history, land treasured by the citizens of your area and landscapes loved all over the nation. Whether you help create a wildlife corridor, preserve a cultural site or manage for habitat, helping to conserve lands shows potential new hires, customers, clients and your neighbors that you are concerned about being an environmentally conscious organization. Join us to learn what actions your business can take to help conserve land, and see examples from current B4B members!  
Congratulations to Wartsila!  Our newest VEEP E4 Member!
Wartsila Defense Inc. was recognized as a new VEEP E4 member at the Seabin ribbon cutting ceremony at Nauticus.  Wartsila has demonstrated its commitment to continuous improvement through environmental programs that focus on energy reduction goals, LED lamping and a commitment to zero-landfill.  In addition, Wartsila has shown great leadership in community involvement through its donation of three Seabins to Nauticus.  The Seabin is a floating interception device designed to be installed in marinas to collect marine debris.  It's the first of three that Wartsila is donating to Nauticus and the first on the east coast.
Congratulations to Allied Aviation Services at 
the Ronald  Reagan  Washington National Airport!  Our newest VEEP E2 Member!
Congratulations to Allied Aviation Services at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for becoming a VEEP E2 member! After becoming aware of VEEP, Allied Aviation Services at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport developed an environmental management system to improve its environmental performance.  DEQ's Northern Regional Director, Tom Faha, recognized Allied Aviation Services for their achievements.
2018 Virginia Energy Plan
On October 2, 2018 Governor Ralph Northam unveiled the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan.  The Plan provides strategic vision for the Commonwealth's energy policy over the next 10 years.  T he Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) is charged with developing the plan; a process that included six public listening sessions, a 60-day comment period and a series of facilitated stakeholder engagement meetings.  According to DMME: 
The Commonwealth's 2018 Energy Plan provides both a status update on Virginia's current energy system and a set of recommendations that are both forward-looking and adaptive to enable the energy transformations that are underway.  The intention of these recommendations is to support technological advances, create new business opportunities, and allow Virginia's energy markets to grow.

Virginia Clean Cities is Hosting 2 FREE Gaseous Fuels Training
Virginia Clean Cities is hosting FREE Gaseous Fuels Training: Garage Modifications in Richmond on October 31st and Chesterfield on November 1st.  Topics include the properties of gas, safety issues and failure scenarios, code overview and application, best practices for designing certain building types, best application of equipment options, cold vs. warm weather garages, special spaces (paint booth, adjacent spaces), cost data and case studies.  For more information is available on the events page on the Virginia Clean Cities website
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