Newsletter Issue:
February 2020
Join the VEEP Sustainability Partners
VEEP Sustainability Partners (SP) are organizations across Virginia that have made environmental sustainability part of their culture through leadership, innovation and continual improvement. Does this sound like your organization? Consider joining VEEP SP. Applications are due March 20, 2020:

Current members, your applications are on the way. For more information, visit the  VEEP SP website .  
VEEP Annual EMS Track Reporting Has a New Look
VEEP Annual EMS Track Reporting is now part of the new myDEQ web portal. The reporting website's look has been updated, but the information requested in the report has not changed.

VEEP members will be notified when the new system is available, which will be by mid-February.

The Office of Pollution Prevention will be hosting a webinar to walk users through the new system. Join us on Feb. 20 at 10 a.m.
Can't make it? Don't worry. The webinar will be recorded and available online. And, as always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

To remain in good standing, all VEEP EMS Track members (E2, E3 and E4) must submit an annual report on their 2019 activities by April 1. Only members in good standing are eligible for annual permit fee discounts and other program benefits. 

Questions should be directed to: 
Looking for your next P2 project?
Learn about what others around the commonwealth are doing to protect the environment and reduce their footprints.

  • Intertape Polymer Group looks for energy savings by engaging staff with Energy Treasure Hunts as pictured on the right. What treasure could your company find?
  • Prince William County (PWC) found a way to choose safer cleaning chemicals and reduced their hazardous disposal fees along the way. PWC shared their tips for creating a smarter chemical list for cleaning products. How safe are your products?
Welcome New VEEP Members!
  • Virginia State University's Facilities Department moved up to E3
  • Virginia Department of Correction's St. Brides Correctional Center moved up to E3
  • Arlington County Water Pollution Control Plant joined as an E2 member
  • Canon Virginia and Canon Environmental Technologies, Incorporated moved up to E4
  • Middle Peninsula Landfill and Recycling Facility joined as an E3 member
  • Allied Aviation Services Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Fuel Storage Facility moved up to E3
  • CW Wright Construction Company joined as an E2 member
Virginia Green Travel Conference & Travel Star Awards
2020 Vision: Sustaining Tourism in a Changing Climate.

This conference is where the tourism industry and environmental world come together to share information, learn from each other and forge plans for making Virginia a more sustainable tourism destination.
Join the Virginia Green Travel Alliance for the 7th Annual Virginia Green Travel Conference, as professionals across the commonwealth in all facets of hospitality and tourism gather to seek sustainable solutions to protect Virginia’s environment that are also profitable for tourism businesses. You will return to your business armed with proactive responses to current global trends, ensuring you won’t get left behind.

Session topics will include:
  • Climate Change in the Commonwealth
  • Sustainability in the Lodging Industry
  • Environmental Impacts of Transportation
  • Recycling and Composting Myths and Facts
  • Clean Energy Efficiency
  • Travel Star Award Winners Panel 

The conference is taking place in Richmond on March 19 and 20.
Elizabeth River Project Announces the 2020 River Star Businesses
Elizabeth River Project River Star Businesses Logo
The Elizabeth River Project announced the 2020 River Star Businesses at a recent luncheon. River Star Businesses are "doin' right by the river" with voluntary pollution prevention and wildlife habitat enhancement results. Learn what River Star Businesses are doing in the feature in Inside Business .
Funding Opportunities
P2 Resources
  • PACK EXPO East 2020: Interested in attending PACK EXPO East 2020 in Philadelphia to learn about cutting-edge technology from 400 top suppliers? Let DEQ's Office of Pollution Prevention know you are interested in attending for free registration information. Act quickly. Offer expires Feb. 7, 2020.
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE) Alternatives: The University of Minnesota's Minnesota Technical Assistance Program has compiled resources on TCE Alternatives from reasons to avoid TCE to an array of alternatives.
  • Richmond's C-PACE Program: At Richmond City Council's November 2019 meeting, the city's first Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy Financing Program was approved.