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.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Richmond Reports Building Energy Use Intensity

As a participant in the Virginia Municipal League’s  Green Government Challenge, a friendly competition to encourage local governments and their communities to reduce carbon emissions,
the City of Richmond is working to improve the efficiency of its facilities by measuring and benchmarking their energy use. A building’s energy use can be categorized in two ways.  Site energy is the amount of total energy a building uses on-site, as reported on utility (electric and natural gas) bills. Source energy accounts for a building’s total energy use and includes losses that take place during the generation, transmission, and distribution of the energy to the building.

Energy use intensity (EUI) is calculated by dividing a building’s site or source energy by its gross floor area. Calculating EUI allows for a comparison of the energy use between buildings based on size, type, or other characteristics.  Generally, a building with low EUI indicates efficient operation.  See this list of City of Richmond buildings over 5,000 sq. ft. and their EUI.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

RVA Green the Scene Wins Recycler of the Year Award

RVA Green the Scene won the 2016 Virginia Recycling Association (VRA) Recycler of the Year award for recycling and composting efforts in partnership with the Virginia Green Travel Alliance during the 2015 UCI Road World Championships. Alicia Zatcoff, sustainability manager (second from right), accepted the award on behalf of the city at the VRA Annual Meeting in Harrisonburg, Oct. 25.