Pollution Prevention Case Studies

The Office of Pollution Prevention has compiled these Pollution Prevention Case Studies to encourage companies and municipalities throughout the state to adopt pollution prevention practices by showing real world examples and identifying technologies and techniques that were successful. These case studies showcase the effectiveness of pollution prevention projects by quantifying pollution reduction, cost savings, and other benefits. The highlighted success stories have improved environmental performance by going above and beyond the industry standard.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality's (DEQ) mission is to protect and improve the environment for the well being of all Virginians. In 2014 DEQ underwent an effort to reinvigorate its Environmental Management System (EMS) and Director David Paylor signed a new Agency EMS Policy to reflect the commitment of DEQ's top management to comply with applicable environmental legal requirements, prevent pollution, and continually improve DEQ's EMS. DEQ decided to reinvigorate its EMS in order to lead by example for other state agencies and for facilities throughout the Commonwealth that were interested in joining the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) that recognizes companies and organizations that go above and beyond compliance.
 DEQ Group Clean Up
Croc's 19th Street Bistro

Croc's 19th Street Bistro in Virginia Beach is committed to environmental excellence and works to minimize environmental impacts whenever possible. As part of this commitment to excellence, Croc's 19th Street Bistro has joined Virginia Green, the Commonwealth of Virginia's campaign to promote environmentally friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia's tourism industry. Restaurants are an integral part of Virginia's tourism industry and they are also the largest sector of Virginia tourism. As such, Virginia Green Restaurants have the opportunity to have a significant impact on how people think about the environment. 
 rain barrel
Dominion Virginia Power and Philip Morris USA Solar Partnership Program

Dominion Virginia Power is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy and is committed to substantially increasing their solar generation portfolio in Virginia as part of their efforts to produce energy safely, efficiently, and in an environmentally responsible manner. Philip Morris USA shares Dominion's commitment to clean, sustainable energy and understands the effect that nature has on their business. Together they partnered to install Virginia's largest solar installation to date at the Philip Morris USA Park 500 facility in Chesterfield County.
 Solar Array
University of Virginia

The University of Virginia is a public university located in Charlottesville, Virginia. The main campus includes over 525 buildings, 39 of which are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. As stated in the school’s Sustainability Statement, “Sustainability at the University of Virginia calls for collaboration and ingenuity to promote the well-being of the community, solve local and global challenges through scholarship and practice, educate ethical leaders and steward this special place.” Faculty, staff, and students are all working toward this common goal and have implemented numerous outreach efforts to target specific programs as well as promoting sustainability at the university as a whole.

 UVA Student Volunteers
John Paul Jones Arena

John Paul Jones arena, located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, is the largest arena in Virginia, at 365,000 square feet and seating 14,500 for most events. John Paul Jones Arena is working to be among the leaders in sustainable, yet financially sound, practices at public assembly facilities. The Arena has taken their commitment to sustainability to the next level by becoming a certified Virginia Green Attraction, part of the Virginia Green network of tourism-related organizations and programs that are committed to protecting the environment while promoting responsible tourism.

 John Paul Jones Arena
The Steward School

The Steward School is an independent state accredited school for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade located in Richmond, Virginia. The school was built in 1972 and the Bryan Innovation Lab at the Steward School was built in 2013 to serve as a learning lab to promote student and staff awareness and understanding in the areas of energy and resources, health and wellness, and the interaction of the built and natural environment. The mission of the Bryan Innovation Lab is to inspire and educate students, faculty, staff, and the greater Steward community by connecting global thought leadership with interactive problem-solving opportunities in order to discover, engage, and excel in the rapidly changing world. The Steward School believes that the unique hands-on learning environment of the Bryan Innovation Lab will enhance and strengthen each student's enthusiasm for learning, adaptability, and critical thinking skills. 

U.S. Department of Transportation - James River Reserve Fleet

The James River Reserve Fleet is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration located on the Joint Base Langley-Eustis. The Fleet is tasked with preservation and maintenance of vessels anchored with them in the James River. They are a leader in environmental excellence through their Environmental Management System and Green Purchasing Program. The Fleet has been the lead for the Department of Transportation to test environmental management concepts and provide lessons learned to its counterparts in other areas of the country.  The Fleet will continue to lead by example for other Department of Transportation facilities as well as facilities that need mentoring on Environmental Management Systems within the state.

 Storm Drain Installation
NASA Langley Research Center

NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, pioneers the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics through research and development of technology, scientific instruments and investigations, and exploration systems. LaRC is focused on systems innovation for expanding air mobility, exploring space, and definitively characterizing the Earth’s changing climate. NASA’s sustainability policy is to execute the organization’s mission without compromising the planet’s resources so that future generations can meet their needs. NASA seeks to use public funds efficiently and effectively while promoting the health of the planet.  Located in the ecologically sensitive Chesapeake Bay Watershed, LaRC is committed to fulfilling their mission in a way that promotes environmental stewardship, sustainability, and continual improvement.

 NASA LaRC Aerial Photo
SKW Constructors

SKW Constructors, a joint venture of three large construction firms, Skanska, Kiewit, and Weeks Marine, is the design-build contractor for the second Midtown Tunnel across the Elizabeth River. The Midtown Tunnel is located between the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth, Virginia. The Elizabeth River Tunnels Project is comprised of adding a new two lane tunnel under the Elizabeth River adjacent to the existing Midtown Tunnel. The project broke ground in Fall 2012 and is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2018. Skanska was the first heavy/marine/industrial contractor in the United States to be awarded an ISO 14001 certification for their comprehensive Environmental Management System (EMS). Skanska – through the SKW joint venture - incorporates all of the ISO 14001 elements into their work on the Elizabeth River Tunnels (ERT) Project. In the Spring of 2014, SKW Constructors’ ERT Project was accepted into the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) at the Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise (E4) level. SKW’s ERT Project is the first construction project in the state to ever be accepted into this program.

 SKW & Elizabeth River Project Staff
Virginia Tech

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) is a public land-grant university in Blacksburg, Virginia. The main campus includes more than 150 buildings, including 18 LEED registered projects totaling over 1.3 million gross square feet.  In May 2013, Virginia Tech President Charles Steger approved the revised version of the Virginia Tech Climate Action Commitment (VTCAC). The VTCAC is a series of resolutions that lay out the sustainability goals of the institution. The first point in the VTCAC says that, “Virginia Tech will be a leader in campus sustainability. Sustainability is an integral part of the fabric of the university as it pursues enhanced economic stability and affordability, diversity and inclusion, environmental stewardship, expansion of knowledge, and education of future leaders.”
 Virginia Tech Sustainability Interns


Fareva, located on the south side of Richmond, manufactures and packages Over-the-Counter pharmaceutical products for distribution worldwide. Fareva's Zero Waste initiative strives to recycle 95% or more of all waste generated at the site. The facility continually strives to find less expensive and easier ways to dispose of their waste. Fareva has been an E4 (Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise) member of the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program since 2010 and continues to strive to expand their sustainability program in waste reduction, water conservation, and energy efficiency. These are their three VEEP commitments.

 VEEP Certification Board at Fareva

Prince William County - Solid Waste Division

The Prince William County Solid Waste Division is a local government entity in Woodbridge that provides solid waste management to over 400,000 residents of the County. The Solid Waste Division manages a 1,000 acre Sanitary Landfill and a 30 acre Balls Ford Road Composting Facility. The sustainability program began in 2003 to formalize the County's commitment to environmental sustainability through implementation of an Environmental Management System and participation in the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program. The sustainability programs at these facilities has helped reduce waste entering the Landfill by about 320,000 tons per year, prolonging its useful life to 2065 and beyond.

 Aerial view of the PWC Landfill

Virginia Living Museum

The Virginia Living Museum is a private non-profit museum and education center located in Newport News that has been in operation since 1966. The Virginia Living Museum has instituted a number of pollution prevention activities, including everything from a recycling program to opening a demonstration house in 2008 showcasing over 30 green building products and practices. In 2013, the Museum installed 165 solar panels on its south facing roof, one of the largest non-profit solar installations in the Hampton Roads area. The Museum is also a certified Virginia Green Attraction, committed to minimizing its environmental impacts by preventing pollution wherever feasible in its operations.

 Solar Panels at the VLM

Hilton Garden Inn - Richmond

The Hilton Garden Inn - Richmond is a 250 room hotel situated in the former Miller and Rhoads Department Store in downtown Richmond that opened its doors in 2009. In addition to their continued efforts to increase recycling and decrease paper use, the Hilton Garden Inn - Richmond has also taken on the challenge of composting its food waste, the first hotel in the region to do this. The food waste composting program began in 2011, and in 2012 the hotel collected over 32,000 pounds of food waste for composting. The hotel is also a member of the Virginia Green program, which certifies tourism related businesses that have met specific sustainability criteria.

 Composting efforts at the HGI - Richmond

Roanoke Cement Company

Roanoke Cement Company is a limestone mining and processing facility located in Botetourt County. Roanoke Cement makes sustainable development a top priority by combining business goals with respect for people and the environment. Roanoke Cement's vision is to be recognized as a leading enterprise in its industry on sustainability and environmental stewardship. It implements this vision by closely monitoring its environmental performance and continually making improvements. Roanoke Cement has also made employee and community involvement a cornerstone of their environmental programs, including input from their employees in all aspects of their environmental management system and working closely with local organizations.      

 Roanoke Cement Plant exterior view with EnergyStar sign

For more information on how your pollution prevention successes can be highlighted as a case study for this website, please contact Morgan Goodman at morgan.goodman@deq.virginia.gov

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Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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