Sustainability program wins Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 24, 2013 – Virginia Tech’s Office of Energy and Sustainability was recently honored with a 2013 Gold Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award at 24th annual Environment Virginia Symposium hosted by the Virginia Military Institute.

The award recognizes environmental and conservation leadership in two categories: sustainability and land conservation. Award recipients were selected on

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Washington, D.C.’s Union Station Now Powered by 100 Percent Wind Energy Provided by Washington Gas Energy Services

Historic Landmark Increases Environmental Commitment

WASHINGTON & HERNDON, Va. — Strengthening its dedication to environmental sustainability, Union Station in Washington, D.C., has signed a three-year contract for 100 percent WGES CleanSteps® WindPower from Herndon-based Washington Gas Energy Services (WGES). One of the nation’s premier, historic transportation hubs, Union Station previously used 50 percent WGES CleanSteps®

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Virginia Governor Announces Environmental Excellence Award Winners

– Awards Focused on Excellence in Sustainability and Land Conservation –

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell announced today the winners of the 2013 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards, which will be presented at the Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington.

The awards recognize the significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in two categories: sustainability and land

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State study seeks answers to Back Bay, river pollution

The southern reaches of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake are sometimes called “the green sea” because of their flat expanse of lush wetlands and open fields. One might think waterways that cross this largely undeveloped area would be untainted. But not so.

For years, environmentalists trying to restore Back Bay and protect the North Landing River

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Hampton Roads lands on list for energy efficiency

When the federal government publishes its list of Energy Star cities each year, municipalities in Hampton Roads are typically nowhere to be found. But not this year.

For the first time, the region cracked Top 25 in the list of metropolitan areas with the most energy-efficient buildings, as tracked and reported by the U.S. Environmental

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Virginia issues report on chemical releases for 2011

RICHMOND, VA., March 18, 2013 — Virginia industries reported that chemicals released on-site at their facilities decreased by 12.7 percent in 2011, according to the latest Toxics Release Inventory produced by the Department of Environmental Quality.

Industries also reported 860.2 million pounds of chemicals managed on-site, transferred off-site or released to the environment, a 5.5

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Portsmouth going green at curbside for no extra green

City officials are working on a plan to bring curbside recycling back to Portsmouth for the first time in almost a decade – and it won’t cost citizens any more than they pay for trash disposal now.

The plan, which likely will be approved by the City Council at its March 26 meeting, would provide

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Virginia General Assembly funds help for water quality

If you like rock hopping and swimming in downtown Richmond; finding more, not less, largemouth bass in the tidal James; eating fresh, fried oysters and crabcakes; watching herons and ospreys hunt and seeing increasing flocks of ducks and geese, there was very good news in the budget that passed the General Assembly late last month

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PA declines to appeal ruling that attempts to regulate stormwater runoff in Va. went too far

Washington Post, March 4, 2013, RICHMOND, Va. — The Environmental Protection agency says it won’t appeal a judge’s ruling that the agency overstepped its authority by attempting to regulate stormwater runoff as a pollutant.U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady in Alexandria ruled in January in favor of the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Fairfax

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EPA grant supports environmental education projects

The National Nursing Centers Consortium (NNCC) will provide an estimated $92,000 in funding to support community-based environmental education projects in 11 mid-Atlantic communities, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Aimed at empowering people to take better care of their local environment, the projects are funded via a $150,000 EPA grant to NNCC to support

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