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

Twelve Virginia organizations were recognized for their commitment to sustainability in 2018.  Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Sustainability Partners.

New Members 

  • Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Fuel Storage Facility, Arlington (Moved to E3)
  • CW Wright Construction Company (E2)

Recent VEEP Recognition Events

On February 12, DEQ Piedmont Deputy Regional Director Kyle Winter helped to congratulate Worthen Industries - UPACO Adhesives Division for achieving E3 status. Worthen has implemented many projects through its EMS, including reducing their water usage with a new chiller system and working towards becoming zero waste to landfill.   


Worthen UPACO 2019


Wartsila Defense Inc. was recognized as a new VEEP E4 member at the Seabin ribbon cutting ceremony at Nauticus.  Wartsila has demonstrated its commitment to continuous improvement through environmental programs that focus on energy reduction goals, LED lamping and a commitment to zero-landfill.  In addition, Wartsila has shown great leadership in community involvement through its donation of three Seabins to Nauticus.  The Seabin is a floating interception device designed to be installed in marinas to collect marine debris.  It's the first of three that Wartsila is donating to Nauticus and the first on the east coast.

Combination of 3 pictures: (1) Sample of trash collected by Seabin. (2) Picture of Seabin in water. (3) Picture from ribbon cutting ceremony at Nauticus where Wartsila was recognized as an E4 VEEP member.



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