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.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Richmond Green Spaces Survey

Enrichmond has partnered with students from VCU's Public Relations department to learn more about Richmonder’s views and opinions on urban green spaces.
Across the country, many cities are raising environmental awareness by planting trees and other plants in parks and public spaces. These areas, urban green spaces, become a place for the community to come together and create an eco-friendly environment. Enrichmond wants to increase urban green spaces across the city within existing places such as parks and playgrounds. 
This survey is around quick and confidential, allow yourself around 5 minutes to complete. 

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Storm Drain Art

Visitors to the Richmond Folk Festival walked by the Storm Drain art project. (photo by Mary-Stuart Torbeck)

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Richmond Joins Better Communities Alliance

Announced by the White House during Smart Cities Week, the U.S. Department of Energy is launching the Better Communities Alliance (BCA), a groundbreaking collaborative effort among local governments, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, and leading private companies to accelerate local clean energy progress and leadership across the country. Richmond is one of 60 partners and affiliates joining and announcing their commitments.

With 87 percent of total U.S. energy to be consumed in cities by 2030, America’s local governments are stepping up to the challenge. Through the BCA, city and county leaders are making commitments to reduce the wasted energy in homes and buildings, expand renewable energy and sustainable transportation options for their residents and businesses, harness new energy-saving technologies, and invest in resilient power systems and community infrastructure.

 As part of the Better Buildings Initiative, the BCA will support Richmond in achieving their clean energy goals and making their communities cleaner, healthier, smarter, and more economically competitive. In addition, the BCA will deliver new clean energy resources and technical assistance to local governments, and improve community access to DOE’s existing clean energy expertise and resources. It will also create actionable dialogues and peer exchange between public and private partners to identify opportunities for collaboration and progress.

There are 34 local governments serving 40 million Americans that are committed to the BCA and working to accelerate local clean energy progress and bolster leadership. Local government partners will receive streamlined access to Department of Energy clean energy resources, opportunities to apply for resources, access to forums for peer networking and expert dialogue, and federal recognition of clean energy achievements. 

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Landscaping Assistance

Do you live in the Yellow Breeches or James River watershed? Are you thinking about adding some new landscaping to your yard this fall? If so, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is offering assistance as part of its Reduce Your Stormwater program to help homeowners install conservation landscapes and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff and protect local water quality.

For more information and to apply, visit www.stormwater.allianceforthebay.org/yard-design

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Congratulations to the Storm Drain Art Winners!

RVAH20 and the Richmond Department of Public Utilities announced the winners of the 2016 Storm Drain Art Project contest. Out of 55 entries, a panel of judges that included members of the Richmond Public Art Commission and the DPU Stormwater team selected:

"You Drop It, I Drink It" by Abby Klein
"The James" by Nicole Gomez
"Clean through the Drain" by Melissa Geedy
"Endangered" by Alfonso Perez Acosta
"Only Rain the the Drain" by Richard Lucente

All five artists submitted designs that successfully combined artistic elements with the project's suggested themes of "It All Drains to the James," the James River ecosystem and environmental protection.

Voting is now open for the Fan Favorite. Check out the winning designs along Tredegar Street in downtown Richmond and vote for your favorite here by July 31.

To view the winning designs and all the entries, go here.