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2018 Virginia Environmental Excellence Program Sustainability Partner

The City of Newport News has been selected as a Virginia Environmental Excellence Program Sustainability Partner (VEEP SP) for the year of 2018 by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The annual approval is in recognition of the numerous significant environmental achievements the City has made to date as well as the ambitious sustainability goals set for the future. DEQ designed the VEEP SP track to encourage organizations across Virginia to make environmental sustainability part of their culture through leadership, innovation, and continual improvement.

The City earned the recognition for an array of initiatives in 2017, for example:

  • The City of Newport News and Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) was awarded the Governor’s Clean Fleet Award sponsored by Virginia Clean Cities and the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. The award recognizes governments and fleets that excelled in the adoption of alternative fuels including natural gas, propane and others - reducing greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum use.
  • The City of Newport News was awarded platinum, the highest level, in the 2017 Green Government Challenge from the Virginia Municipal League (VML). The VML Green Government initiative recognizes that communities need to take innovative steps to reduce energy usage and promote sustainability.
  • The City of Newport News added cartons to the residential and municipal recycling programs. Bay Disposal has invested over $500,000 in equipment upgrades and has added a new position for this purpose, while the Department of Public Works is providing cart stickers for residents that can be applied to recycling containers.

2018 Green Clean Institute Gold Certification

The City of Newport News Department of Public Works' Operations Building has received the Green Clean Institute Gold Certification! This rigorous certification was achieved through initiatives such as using eco-friendly soaps, cleaners and equipment, as well as managing recyclable and waste material.

As a part of the City’s plan to implement environmentally sustainable practices, the Building Services Division recently contracted janitorial services and supply contracts that align with Sustainability's mission. The Sustainability Division’s mission is to ensure the City operates in a way that is economically, environmentally and socially responsible.

2018 Get Caught in a Beautiful Act Award

Keep Virginia Beautiful, a statewide campaign to improve Virginia’s natural and scenic environment, has awarded the City of Newport News the Get Caught in a Beautiful Act Award for the Cities and Towns category! The City received a certificate of achievement for a submission that not only demonstrated a commitment to keeping Virginia beautiful, but also a commitment to building partnerships throughout the Newport News community.

Beach Clean-up

Last August, approximately 50 sailors from the USS George Washington joined City staff and spent a morning helping to clean up the beachfront at King-Lincoln Park. The volunteers dedicated their time and services to pick up litter and debris along the Park’s shoreline in the Southeast Community. In total, over 100 bags of trash were collected. This partnership will continue to make the City an even better place to live, work and play.