Take The 2016 Green Government Challenge


Click on "see background materials" to read a detailed description of each action. In addition, view examples, links and explanations of how to score points or partial points. Total Possible Points Points for Pre-2017 Actions Points for 2017 Actions
Community Involvement
1 Adopt a sustainability/climate proctection resolution and establish an active community-wide energy and emissions reduction planning group that includes key community stakeholders with at least one local government representative. See background materials 10
2 Complete a local government greenhouse gas emissions inventory and adopt a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (5 points for the inventory and an additional 5 points for the reduction target). See background materials 10
3 Complete a community-wide greenhouse gas emissions inventory and adopt a greenhouse gas emissions reduction target (5 points for the inventory and an addtional 5 points for the reduction target). See background materials 10
4 Implement a "Green Living Challenge" for households, offices and/or businesses to promot actions that conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. See background materials 10
5 Innovation Credit - for any implemented program beyond those identified within this section that engage your local community in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (please describe). See background materials 5
Resiliency
6 Complete any four of six action items under for resiliency: (1) Policy & Leadership; (2) Preparation for Natural Man-Made Hazards; (3) Energy Security; (4) Strengthening Critical Infrastructure; (5) Strengthening the Local Economy; and (6) Health & Well Being in the Resiliency ChecklistSee background materials 20
Energy Efficiency
7 Establish an energy manager position/responsibility or management team for the government that at a minimum tracks all energy consumption. See background materials 10
8 Improve energy efficiency of government buildings by registering as an Energy Star Partner and utilize the Portfolio Manager tool for all local government buildings over 5,000 square feet (5 points for becoming Energy Star Partner and an additional 5 points for utilizing Portfolio Manager). See background materials 10
9 Publicly report the "Source and Site Energy Usage Intensity" (performance metric under EPA Portfolio Manager) for each local government building over 5,000 square feet. See background materials 10
10 Conduct an energy audit of three (or of all, for jurisdictions with fewer than three) of your government facilities. See background materials 5
11 Implement at least two suggested actions of most recent energy audit within 12 months of its completion. See background materials 5
12 Adopt an energy assurance plan to allow the government to respond to and operate in energy emergencies. See background materials 10
13 Develop a policy to utilize energy efficient and dark sky compliant outdoor light fixtures See background materials 5
14 Establish a property assessed clean energy (PACE) loan program that allows for the repayment of loans either on the property tax or utility bills. See background materials 10
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Offer a reduced property tax bill for qualifying energy efficient buildings.

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16 Innovation Credit - any initiative or program beyond those identified within this section that result in energy efficiency gains (please describe). See background materials 5
Renewable Energy
17 Complete a local government renewable energy site-assessment survey. See background materials 5
18 Implement the next project or phase of a local government renewable energy expansion plan (as informed by the renewable energy site-assessment survey). See background materials 5
19 Offer local grant or tax incentives allowed under Virginia Code for clean vehicles or alternative fuel infrastructure. See background materials 5
20 Facilitate or support a "solarize" initiative in your community that lowers the cost of solar photo-voltaic systems through bulk purchasing. See background materials 5
21 Adopt a renewable energy ordinance and provide guidance documents for homeowners and businesses. See background materials 5
22 Innovation Credit - any intiative or program beyond those identified within this section that result in the deployment of renewable energy sources and/or renewable energy technology (please describe). See background materials 5
Procurement
23 Establish a green building policy for all new government facilities (including major renovations). (5 points for energy only, 10 points for whole building certification). See background materials 10
24 Adopt a "Green Fleet" policy that incorporates, at a minimum, the purchase of low emitting fuel-efficient vehicles for vehicle fleet replacement and the use of alternative fuels (biodiesel, natural gas, propane, ethanol, hybrid, electric) in fleet operations. See background materials 5
25 Work with local school division to fund green fleet school buses for 5% of existing bus fleet. See background materials 5
26 Adopt an anti-idling policy for school/government fleet vehicles. See background materials 5
27 Implement a "green" procurement and disposal policy for consumables and electronics. See background materials 5
28 Innovation Credit - any procurement practice or policy beyond those identified within this section that reduces carbon emissions or results in improvements to air, water or waste (please describe). See background materials 5
Land Use / Transportation
29 Adopt land-use plans that allow higher-density development either near public transit nodes or in areas with existing infrastructure AND encourage mixed-use communities See background materials 5
30 Promote the use of permanent conservation easements on private property within your community and/or implement a permanent conservation easement on public land See background materials 5
31 Adopt a land use or development tool that preserves open space, farmland and forests such as Purchase of Development Rights (PDRs) or Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs) See background materials 5
32 Innovation Credit - any implemented policy or program beyond those identified within this section that result in more efficient use of land and/or public transportation infrastructure (please describe). See background materials 5
Environmental Stewardship
33 Register for (5 points) or complete (15 points) Virginia Tech's Center of Excellence for Environmental Management ESMS (Environmental and Sustainability Management System) program. See background materials 15
34 Achieve E3 or E4 status for one or more facilities through the DEQ Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP). See background materials 10
35 Be a VEEP sustainability partner in 2016 (Note: Applications to be a VEEP sustainability partner in 2017 will be available in early 2017) For more info see background material). See background materials 5
36 Attain certification as a natural wildlife habitat community. See background materials 5
37 Become a Tree City USA community. See background materials 5
38 Conduct a tree canopy survey and develop a strategic plan to maintain and increase overall tree canopy coverage (plan must include specific coverage targets over time). 10
39 Innovation Credit - for any policy or program beyond those identified within this section that promotes the responsible ues and protection of the natural environment through conservation and sustainable practices (please describe). See background materials 5
Water Quality, Supply and Flooding
40 Develop and adopt watershed plans, which could be part of regional plans, that focus on reducing erosion and stormwater runoff to improve water quality. 5
41 Implement a "take back" program to turn in unused or expired prescription medication. The program must include a community outreach component. See background materials 5
42 Adopt a program promoting the conservation of public water supplies. 5
43 Reduce risks and damages due to flooding by meeting the minimum floodplain management requirements to participate in FEMA's community rating system (CRS). See background materials 5
44 Adopt a public outreach program to inform citizens about effective practices in normal home maintenance activities to reduce pollution from stormwater runoff. For example, such activities may include lawn care, car washing, house painting, and automobile maintenance. See background materials 5
45 Innovation Credit - for any policy or program beyond those identified within this section that improves water quality, secures adequate water supply and/or addresses flooding (please describe). See background materials 5
Waste Management
46 Establish a community-wide recycling collection program that is an additional 10% above the state-mandated rate applicable to your locality. See background materials 5
47 Establish a community-wide recycling and/or collection program that includes both e-waste and household materials. 5
48 Establish a program that implements innovative landfill practices, such as the diverion of reusable construction and demolition debris, collection and reuse of landfill gas, increased compaction, and mining of reclamable materials. 5
49 Develop a yard waste and/or food waste recycling program to produce compost for use in landscapes, gardens, and farms. 5
50 Innovation Credit - for any poliy or program beyond those identified within this section that reduce waste (please describe). See background materials 5
Employee Incentives
51 Adopt a policy that a minimum of 20% of the eligible workforce should participate in alternative work schedules or telework. See background materials 5
52 Provide employee benefits for ride sharing, walking, biking, or taking transit to work. Demonstrate that benefits are explained to all employees in the orientation and/or continuing education process. See background materials 5
53 Sponsor and energy savings/innovation contest that encourages employees submit ideas and proposals for reducing energy consumption. 5
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Innovation Credit - for any personnel policy or program that results in the reduction of carbon emissions (please describe).

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Innovation
55 Innovation Credits - for any efforts, policies, activities beyond those identified above which are proven to reduce the carbon emissions of local governments. How to score # 44 / See background materials 25
 
Group Totals 380    
 
 
 
 
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