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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. 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. In 2005, the Virginia General Assembly adopted legislation specifically authorizing the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program. The program has grown steadily since its inception 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. In 2012, DEQ launched the VEEP Sustainability Partners (SP) track, the organization-based 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.

Sustainability Partners

Applications for the 2020 Sustainability Partners are now being accepted. Become a Sustainability Partner today.  

New Members

  • Virginia State University - Facilities Department (E3)
  • Virginia Department of Corrections - St. Brides Correctional Center (Moved to E3)
  • Arlington County Water Pollution Control Plant (E2)

Recent VEEP Recognition Events

On October 23, DEQ Tidewater Regional Director Craig Nicol congratulated Canon Virginia, Inc. and Canon Environmental Technologies, Inc. for becoming E4 members. Both Canon facilities have participated in VEEP at the E3 level for nearly 15 years. One aspect of being an E4 member that Canon excels at is community involvement. 

On August 9, DEQ recognized Allied Aviation Services at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for becoming an E3 member. The facility joined VEEP as an E2 member in July 2018 and continued to develop its EMS, applying for E3 less than a year later. 


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Presentations available from  DEQ's Regional VEEP Workshops

Are you meeting your energy efficiency potential?  Enter name and email address to view the recorded webinar at anytime.

Creating a Culture of Sustainability: Increasing Buy-In Through Communication: Enter name and email address to view the recorded webinar at anytime.

VEEP Newsletter

2019 DEQ Pollution Prevention Annual Report

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P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
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