VEEP Sustainability Partners Program

Sustainability Partners

The VEEP Sustainability Partners track is designed to encourage organizations across Virginia to make environmental sustainability part of their culture through leadership, innovation, and continual improvement. Organizations must demonstrate this commitment through continual, measurable, and verifiable conservation efforts, leading to direct and indirect improvements in energy usage, water usage, waste generation, and other environmental benefits. 

Sustainability Partners Program Application

Applications for the 2019 Sustainability Partners are no longer being accepted. Applications for the 2020 Sustainability Partners will be available in early 2019. If you have any questions or issues accessing the application, contact us at VEEP@deq.virginia.gov.

Key characteristics of VEEP Sustainability Partners:

  • One application per organization
  • Aimed at organizations with a culture of sustainability and community involvement
  • Encourages continual, measurable reductions
  • No DEQ site visit
  • Public recognition, no regulatory incentives

VEEP Sustainability Partner Summary

The summaries below describe programs the 2019 Sustainability Partners have implemented. Click on the facility name to learn more about past sustainability projects.  For additional information on any of the programs below, please contact us at VEEP@deq.virginia.gov.

SP Member  2019 Project Highlight 
City of Charlottesville The City of Charlottesville first committed to greenhouse gas reductions by joining the US Mayors Climate Protection Agreement in 2006. This commitment has been restated in the City Council Vision 2025: A Green City, Comprehensive Plans, and by joining the Global Covenant of Mayors in June 2017.
City of Newport News The City of Newport News has been awarded Platinum, the highest level, in the Virginia Municipal League’s (VML) 2018 Green Government Challenge for the sixth consecutive year.   
City of Roanoke The City of Roanoke achieved the Better Building Challenge's goal of 20% energy reduction by 2022.  In 2018, Roanoke surpassed the target by 23% on over 1,000,000 square feet of Roanoke's building portfolio in the works since 2012. 
City of Virginia Beach Public School In 2018 Virginia Beach City Public Schools won a Gold Governor's Environmental Excellence Award and an Energy Star Partner of the Year Award.
County of York In June 2018 York County organized 187 volunteers who collected 1,500 pounds of litter from school yards, parks, boat landings and the shoreline.   
 James Madison University James Madison University will implement a native meadow in 2019 to restore land and habitat.  The location previously had a combination of woods and mowed grass, and part of the area was disturbed by construction activities.
Marstel-Day, LLC Marstel-Day has developed a SmartParks partnership with Virginia State Parks and the Virginia Association for Parks to explore ways to improve sustainability of parks, to increase access to nature, and to provide meaningful park experiences. 
Prince William County The Prince William County Department of Public Works has hosted an annual Youth Ambassadors Conference on the Environment for the past 14 years.  This conference offers local students the opportunity to learn more about specific environmental topics such as land conservation, water quality, waste reduction and recycling, watersheds, energy conservation, animal protection and civic responsibility to help protect our natural resources.
US Army Garrison Fort Lee The US Army Garrison Fort Lee Energy Management branch will oversee a $1.3 million re-commissioning of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in 9 key buildings. Re-commissioning will optimize system performance during all seasons and reduces the overall energy needed to heat or cool a building.  The Energy management branch is also scheduling the replacement of thousands of high pressure sodium and metal halide lighting fixtures with LED lighting and occupancy sensors. This project will improve the energy efficiency of many large, warehouse-style buildings as well as exterior fixtures.
Virginia Department of Corrections The Virginia Department of Corrections Environmental Services Unit Demolition unit worked on a Virginia State University building achieving a 99% landfill diversion rate while preventing demolition materials from entering the Appomattox River.

Program Application:

  • Participation will be on a calendar year basis 
  • Virginia facilities only
  • Data and narratives required

 

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


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