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  Virginia Environmental Excellence Program
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 May 2019
VEEP is a voluntary program run by DEQ.


  
June 20th in Virginia Beach

On June 20th, the Office of Pollution Prevention will be hosting the Tidewater Region VEEP Workshop at Virginia Beach City Public School's Old Donation School.  Please join us for a FREE day of discussion on topics including regulatory updates, environmental management systems, and case studies from VEEP members. Invitation coming soon!

Have a case study you would like to share or a topic you would like to see discussed?  Let us know by completing this survey.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event by providing snacks, please contact us at VEEP@deq.virginia.gov.
  
Congratulations to the 2019 Governor's Environmental Excellence Winners!
Prince William County Fire _ Rescue receiving their Governor_s Environmental Excellence Award
Prince William County Fire and
Rescue receiving  award
The 2019 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards were announced on March 28th, 2019 at the 30th Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington.  The awards recognized the significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in four categories: sustainability, environmental project, land conservation, and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan.  They are given to businesses and industrial facilities, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Gold Medal Winners
  • Capital Region Land Conservancy - Malvern Hill Farm
  • Carilion Clinic - Efficiency and Sustainability Program
  • Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation - Dutch Gap Relic River Trail and Water Access
  • Hampton Roads Sanitation District - SWIFT Research Center
Silver Medal Winners
  • Chesterfield County General Services - Energy Management & Sustainability Program
  • Prince William County - Department of Fire and Rescue
  • Roanoke County Parks, Recreation & Tourism - Jae Valley Park
  • Town of Appalachia - Powell River Trail & Trailhead
Bronze Medal Winners
  • Virginia State University - Simms Hall Demolition and Site Redevelopment
  • Wärtsilä Defense, Inc. - WDI Environmental Sustainability Program
Honorable Mention Winners
  • Virginia Tech Office of Sustainability - Student Internship Program
  • Wild Wolf Brewing Company - Every Day is Earth Day
To learn more about the winners, visit the Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards webpage.  
Congratulations the 2019 Sustainability Partners!
 
Ten organizations are being recognized as VEEP 2019 Sustainability Partners!  To learn more about the Sustainability Partners online.
VEEP SP
  • City of Charlottesville
  • City of Newport News
  • City of Roanoke
  • County of York
  • James Madison University
  • Marstel-Day, LLC
  • Prince William County
  • US Army Garrison Fort Lee
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools
  • Virginia Department of Corrections
Attention Healthcare Facilities and Reverse Distributors
 
EPA's Hazardous Waste (HW) Pharmaceuticals Rule was published in the Federal Reigster on February 22, 2019.  This rule will become effective August 21, 2019.  Among other requirements, the rule will mandate that all healthcare facilities and reverse distributors must stop flushing down the drain or placing into any sewer system all hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.  Prior to this cut-off date, all healthcare facilities and reverse distributors must develop an alternate plan for the management of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.
Under the HW Pharmaceuticals Rule, alternate management standards have been developed for all hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.  These standards will become effective in Virginia after August 21, 2019.  Statewide training will be conducted prior to the effective date in Virginia.  Please stay tuned to the DEQ hazardous waste webpage for more information.
Governor's Environmental Excellence Award Winner Highlight: 
Carilion Clinic - Efficiency and Sustainability Program 

Carilion Clinic's Efficiency and Sustainability Program is led by its Environmental Stewardship Council and over 100 Sustainability Champions from various departments who recognize that the health of our environment directly impacts the health of our communities. Carilion Clinic is committed to creating a comprehensive environmental sustainability program and working with its community partners in Southwest Virginia. Through the Efficiency and Sustainability Program, Carilion Clinic has expanded recycling efforts, increased funding to purchase food from local farmers, installed 4,000 solar panels and upgraded lighting. Carilion Clinic has donated over 40 tons of excess medical supplies to support medical education and international missions, sponsored a community bike share program and funded an urban farm which offers produce to anyone who tends the garden or attends on-site health education events.