The Virginia Environmental Excellence Program was established to encourage superior environmental performance. VEEP drives environmental excellence by encouraging facilities and organizations within the Commonwealth that have strong environmental records to go above and beyond their legal requirements. The program has been in place since 2000 and currently has over 450 members.
There are two types of participation: facility-based and organization-based. The facility-based track (e.g., E2, E3 and E4) promotes the use of environmental management systems (EMS) and pollution prevention and is based on the principles of ISO 14001, the international standard for EMSs, which originated in Europe in the early 1990s. In 2012, DEQ launched the VEEP Sustainability Partners (SP) track to encourage organizations such as local governments, universities and state agencies across Virginia to make environmental sustainability part of their culture through leadership, innovation, and continual improvement.
- Charles Luck Stone Centers (2014 SP)
- City of Charlottesville (2014 SP)
- City of Newport News (2014 SP)
- City of Roanoke (2014 SP)
- James Madison University (2014 SP)
- Marstel-Day, LLC, Fredericksburg (2014 SP)
- NASA Langley Research Center (2014 SP)
- Prince William County (2014 SP)
- University of Virginia (2014 SP)
- US Army Garrison Fort Lee (2014 SP)
- Virginia Department of Corrections (2014 SP)
- Chesterfield County - Proctors Creek WWTP (E3 Renewal)
- Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department (E3 Renewal)
- Chesterfield County Wastewater Utilities Collections Operations and Maintenance Department (E2 Renewal)
- Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services - Catawba Hospital (E2 Renewal)
- Virginia Port Authority (5 sites) (E4)
- Fareva Richmond (E4 Renewal)
- Defense Supply Center Richmond (E4 Renewal)
- Matchbox Realty and Management Services, Harrisonburg (E2)
- Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority - South Fork Rivanna Water Treatment Plant (E3)
- Naval Opthalmic Support and Training Activity, Yorktown (E2 Renewal)
- Virginia Department of Corrections:
- Central Regional Office (E2 Renewal)
- Central Virginia Unit #13, Chesterfield (E2 Renewal)
- Eastern Regional Office, Suffolk (E2 Renewal)
- Greensville Correctional Center, Jarratt (E2 Renewal)
- Patrick Henry Correctional Unit 28, Ridgeway (E2 Renewal)
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Recent VEEP Recognition Events
| On February 20, the employees of Matchbox Realty and Management Services in Harrisonburg were presented with their E2 plaque at a ceremony at their office.
| On December 12, the employees of the Luck Stone Caroline Plant were presented with an E3 plaque and flag at a ceremony at the facility.
| The Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Roanoke was recognized for their recent E4 acceptance with a ceremony at the plant on November 14.
| On September 19, DEQ presented an E3 plaque to employees of the Luck Stone Rockville plant.
| On September 18, the City of Roanoke's Public Works Service Center celebrated its recent E3 acceptance with a ceremony. Below, DEQ's Keith Boisvert presents Roanoke Environmental Administrator Christopher Blakeman with the City's VEEP plaque.
| On August 31, DEQ Director David Paylor (holding plaque) presented the Roanoke Cement Company with its E3 plaque and flag at a ceremony at the plant. Pictured with Mr. Paylor are (left to right) Bob Sells, Lance Clark and Costas Tassiadamis.
In 2005, the Virginia General Assembly adopted legislation specifically authorizing the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program.
In July 2000, DEQ signed a Memorandum of Agreement with EPA Region III which outlines the agencies' commitment toward regulatory innovation and the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program. The MOA identifies the processes and procedures that will be used to review VEEP applications as well as requests by VEEP E3 and E4 participants for regulatory flexibility.