Monday, March 27, 2017

Artists Invited to Enter 2017 Storm Drain Project by April 17



The City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities is excited to announce the second annual Storm Drain Art Project. Local artists 18 and older are invited to submit storm drain designs between now and April 17 at 11:59PM.

We were so inspired by the creativity generated by last year's project that we kept the same theme for this year – “It All Drains to the James.” Members of the Richmond Public Art Commission and City Planning Commission will choose four finalists to paint their art on storm drains along the riverfront in May.

We’re looking for art that paints a picture of how important it is to keep our river – and our drinking water – clean. All four winning artists will be compensated $400 for their materials, time and work.

Make a positive impact with the stroke of a brush. Learn more at or email or call (804) 495-4708.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Rally at the Raceway April 16

2:00-4:00 pm: Sponsor vehicles and vendor load in and set up. Enter at Main Gate
3:00-4:30pm: Guided panel discussion and workshop
4:15-4:30 pm: Staging of vehicles for laps on the Track
4:30-5:30pm: Event opens to registered attendees; Ride & Drives begin on the track
5:00-6:00pm: Refreshments, networking, demo vehicles
6:00-6:15pm: Opening Remarks and VIP Guests
6:15-6:30pm: 2017 Governor's Green Fleet Awards
6:30-6:45pm: State of the Alternative Fuels Address
6:45-7:00pm: Board Comments and Historic Perspective
7:00-7:15pm: Rally Sponsor Remarks
7:15-8:00pm: Refreshments and Networking

April 6th, 2017
FREE panel discussions start at 3 pm
Event kicks off at 4:30 pm and ends at 8 pm

RSVP at Tickets are $40.

Sponsorships available at 540-568-8896.Ask for Alleyn Harned.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Richmond is Finalist for Culture of Health Prize

Richmond has been chosen as a finalist for the fifth annual Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize. As a finalist, Richmond is one step closer to the national prize which honors communities that understand health is a shared value and everyone has a role to play in driving change.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is the nation's largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, it has supported research and programs targeting pressing health issues from substance abuse to improving access to healthcare. Johnson was a member of the Johnson & Johnson family business and gave his New Jersey employees hardship bonuses during the Great Depression of the 1930s. In 1936, he set up a foundation with company stock to help the indigent.

Selected from more than 200 communities across the country, Richmond joins 10 other finalists. Winners will be announced this fall.

“Building a culture of health in Richmond is not just about physical health, “said Richmond City Health District Director Dr. Danny Avula. “It’s about safer, greener neighborhoods, more reliable transportation, cradle to career social and educational supports, and building hope and agency in communities with high rates of poverty. Richmond has been working hard to ensure fairer access to resources for all residents and to become a healthier, more united city, and we are so pleased to advance as a RWJF Culture of Health Prize finalist community.”

The prize is guided by the principle that every community has the potential to improve and be a healthier place to live and thrive.To earn finalist status, Richmond had to demonstrate how it excelled in the six Prize criteria:

·         Defining health in the broadest possible terms.
·         Committing to sustainable systems changes and policy-oriented long-term solutions.
·         Cultivating a shared and deeply-held belief in the importance of equal opportunity for health.
·         Harnessing the collective power of leaders, partners, and community members.
·         Securing and making the most of available resources.
·         Measuring and sharing progress and results.
If selected as a winner, Richmond will be given a $25,000 cash prize and opportunities to share their story and lessons learned.

To learn about the work of the 27 previous Prize winners, visit

Friday, February 17, 2017

City Wins Virginia Green Travel Leader Award

The City of Richmond has won a Virginia Green Travel Leader Award, in the category of Most Innovative and Impactful Green Project, for the initiatives put into place by the RVA Green Team.

RVA Green Team is a partnership of the City of Richmond Sustainability Office, HandsOn Greater Richmond and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance to recruit, train and deploy volunteers to help special events in the city become more sustainable by reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and enhancing the overall sustainability of events.

Due to their efforts, the RVA Green Team helped reduce the environmental footprint in the City of Richmond by decreasing the amount of waste sent to landfills. From January through October of 2016, 42,424 pounds of waste were diverted from landfills, which includes a 59 percent recycle rate over 14 events held during that time.

The RVA Green Team achieved these results by increasing the amount of recycling and composting at events throughout the City of Richmond. RVA Green Team volunteers helped attendees sort and divert their waste into the right containers.

“Congratulations to the RVA Green Team, and thank you to the many volunteers whose hard work helps improve the quality of life for our residents, and to create a healthy environment for everyone who lives, works, and plays in the City of Richmond,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney.

On February 17, 2017, the Virginia Green program will recognize outstanding Virginia tourism businesses from across the Commonwealth for their voluntary efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations.

The awards will be presented during the Virginia Green Travel Awards Luncheon. which will be held from Noon until 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017. Virginia’s First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will be attending the luncheon and presenting the awards.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Get Solar at a Low-Rate Loan

Sigora Solar, a Waynesboro-based solar energy equipment supplier, is working with Virginia Community Capital to provide solar panels to small businesses.

The program offers an initial interest rate of 2 percent. Sigora opened an office in Scott's Addition last year to serve residential customers in eastern and central Virginia and now the Richmond business market.

The average cost to install solar panels is $18,000 and take an average of 60 days to complete.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Urban Agriculture Learning Series Feb. 25-April 1

Feb. 23 -- Basic Vegetable Gardening, Community Engagement Grants
March 4 -- Projects in Sustainable Agriculture and Ecology, Organic Fruit Tree Care and Cash Crops
March 11 -- Soil and Plant Health Foundations, Attracting the Eastern Bluebird
March 18 -- Composting, Canning and Preserving Food
March 25 -- Irrigation Systems, Rooftop Gardens and Collecting Stormwater, Making Your Own Rain Barrel
April 1 -- Beekeeping and Goats, Edible Weeds and Plant Medicine

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Clean Water is an Art!

Richmonders rally around public art, and some of the most inventive canvases of this past year were (drum rollstorm drain inlets! The Storm Drain Art Project recently garnered a National Environmental Achievement Award, for bringing public attention to ways we can keep our waterways pollution-free. Thanks to RVAH2O, an initiative of the City of Richmond's Department of Public Utilities, for offering this artistic public education plus engagement project.