Our City already has award-winning, pro-environmental policies ranging from recycling to environmental management. Over the next several years, we will redouble and consolidate current efforts and launch new green initiatives that our City Council, citizens, and employees have come to expect.
Ensuring that our City operates in a way that is both economically and environmentally sustainable is of the utmost importance to the future of our community. For this reason, sustainability has been identified as one of City Council's Strategic Priorities and is the focus of many initiatives throughout the City.
If you'd like to learn more about sustainability, Newport News TV produced a video that covers environmental sustainability, which is one of the Strategic Priorities. You can also read the Roadmap to Sustainability, the City's Sustainability Plan.
Photo: Marsh at Denbigh Park
Roadmap to Sustainability…
Who We Are
NNGreen is a public awareness campaign aimed at engaging the community, promoting successes, and inspiring simple green practices citizens can do at home, work, or play to make Newport News a sustainable community.
NNGreen was created by the City’s Sustainability Team, an interdepartmental team of City employees charged with supporting City Council’s strategic goal of being an environmentally sustainable local government. The Team works to maximize the benefits of our sustainability initiatives and build a foundation for long-term environmental stewardship by creating meaningful partnerships among employees, residents and community stakeholders.
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What We Do
Sustainability, in the Newport News context, is an ongoing effort to save energy, prevent pollution, and take all of the practical actions we can to make our City operations and our community a place that is viable for future generations. Remember the bumper sticker Think Globally, Act Locally? That is a good way to think about it.
A major aspect of the Sustainability Team’s work will be advising the right mix of investments in energy-saving buildings, vehicles, and operational changes that focus on short, medium, and long-term actions the City can take to advance sustainability.
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What You Can Do
There are many things each one of us can do to help ensure a cleaner, greener, sustainable environment for current and future generations. They range from the simplest task of turning off the lights to major home buying decisions. It all starts with awareness and the understanding that your everyday choices make a difference. Do you know of other ideas not listed in the subsections? Send us an e-mail, to share your ideas.
Photo: Swamp bridge at Newport News Park