Governor's Environmental Excellence Award Winners

The 2018 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards were announced on April 5, 2018 at the 29th 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

  • Big Stone Gap - Greenbelt Trail
  • Middle Peninsula Chesapeake Bay Public Access Authority - Coastal Land Giving for Access to Public Waters Program
  • University of Virginia - Sustainability
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools - Sustainable Schools Program
  • Wild Wolf Brewing Company - Every Day is Earth Day

Silver Medal Winners

  • Arlington County- Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy
  • City of Alexandria and Arlington County -  Four Mile Run Tidal Wetland and Living Shoreline Restoration Project
  • Goochland County - Tucker Park at Maidens Crossing 
  • Henrico County - Energy Management 
  • Town of Kilmarnock - Sediment Reduction & Stream Restoration Project

Bronze Medal Winners

  • Town of Culpeper - Lake Pelham Adventures
  • Pittsylvania County - Park Project
  • City of Staunton Parks and Recreation Department - NatureRidge Natural Playground
  • Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources & Environment - Sustainability Boot Camp 

Honorable Mention Winners

  • Lynchburg Parks and Recreation - Please Do Hug the Trees Campaign
  • Roanoke City Parks and Recreation - Carvins Cove Trail & Kayak Launch at the Bridges
  • Virginia Tech Dining Services - Reusable To-Go program

For descriptions of the projects recognized, use the links below.

 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award Winners 
 2018   Project Descriptions   Award Ceremony
 2017   Project Descriptions   Award Ceremony
 2016   Project Descriptions   Award Ceremony


For additional information on any of the projects listed above, please contact Meghann Quinn at 804-698-4021 or   

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