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


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 2018 Sustainability Partners have implemented. Click on the facility name to learn more about the sustainability projects.  For additional information on any of the programs below, please contact us at

2018 SP Member Summary  Project Highlight 
 Alexandria Renew Enterprises In October of 2015, Alexandria Renew joined a cohort of six other utilities for piloting the Department of Energy's Superior Energy Performance (SEP) Program, which was previously focused on reducing energy intensity for industrial facilities. Through the pilot, facilities will integrate energy management into their business operations and culture through a systematic approach to managing energy. In 2016, AlexRenew participated in two of the four training related to the pilot of SEP. This has led to much better management of energy data.
City of Charlottesville In June 2017, the City updated their Strategic Plan to include the high level goal "A Beautiful and Sustainable Natural and Built Environment" which incorporates engaging in robust and context sensitive urban planning and implementation, providing reliable and high quality infrastructure, providing a variety of transportation and mobility options, be responsible stewards of natural resources, and protect historic and cultural resources.
City of Newport News The City of Newport News launched a public awareness campaign, called NNGreen, aimed at engaging the community, promoting successes, and inspiring simple green practices citizens can do to make the City a sustainable community.
City of Roanoke The City of Roanoke's Climate Action Plan was released, outlining targets and strategies to support the climate action goals adopted by the City Council in June 2016.
 City of Virginia Beach Public School The Virginia Beach City Pubic School system established the Sustainable Schools Liaison Program, an outreach program where each has a representative who is responsible for championing and implementing programs for environmental management, sustainable practices, and energy conservation. As a result of this program and the network developed from it, schools have promoted practices such as teaching gardens, using waste to make art, sustainable food practices, and much more.
 County of York The County participates in Ask HRgreen which includes regional education efforts covering stormwater, recycling, litter control, Fat Oils and Grease, and water conservation.
James Madison University Established the "Cultivating the Globally Sustainable Self Summit" Series which promotes innovative teaching and learning in research and practice. The Summit Series is centered on five broad and urgent global themes including conflict resolution, human rights, sustainability, global education and religious and cultural understanding. 
Marstel-Day, LLC Marstel-Day had 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.The effort includes broader engagement with public and private organizations to identify sustainable solutions through research and by developing compatible local partnerships.
 Prince William County The Prince William County Environmental Management System Council works collectively to ensure environmental compliance with County operations in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible. Made up of representatives from various Departments and Divisions (Finance, Fire & Rescue, Libraries, Parks & Recreation, Police, and Public Works) that have received and currently maintain membership in the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Council voluntarily reports metrics from different environmental initiatives, operations, training, and outreach activities. The Council is dedicated to helping all County employees become better stewards of the environment by upholding the County’s Environmental Policy Statement and through pollution prevention, energy conservation, fuel use reduction, recycling, and waste reduction.
University of Virginia Beginning in 2004, the ecoMOD project at University of Virginia aim to create sustainable prefab housing units in partnership with affordable housing organizations. The project has worked with Habitat of Humanity and Piedmont Housing Alliance to build prototypes, and also has developed prototype designs for the non-profits People Incorporated of Virginia, Jefferson Area Board for Aging and Building a Bridge.
US Army Garrison Fort Lee Fort Lee partnered with the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River to hold an outdoor education/recreation/awareness event on April 29, 2017. The free public event. RiverFest, was held at Appomattox Riverside "Ferndale" Park and brought 1200 citizens out to enjoy the spring weather.
Virginia Department of Corrections In January 2018, the ESU team completed the first round of environmental assessments on all of its correctional facilities. Areas of assessment include the facility chemical program, RCRA hazardous waste, petroleum, RCRA universal waste, pesticide/herbicide, recycling & composting, regulated medical waste, air emissions, building/grounds assessments and safety.  A report is given to each facility with a list of deficiencies, recommendations and best practices. Facilities are required to complete action plans to address any deficiency.

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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