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Sustainability Partner of the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP)

The City of Newport News received approval from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) as a Virginia Environmental Excellence Program Sustainability Partner (VEEP SP) for calendar year 2016. VEEP drives environmental excellence by encouraging facilities and organizations within the Commonwealth that have strong environmental records to go above and beyond their legal requirements. Newport News demonstrates environmental commitment through continual, measurable, and verifiable conservation efforts, leading to direct and indirect improvements in energy usage, water usage, waste generation, and other environmental benefits. The City has received this annual recognition of environmental excellence since 2013.

Thirty in 30 Grant Winner from Keep Virginia Beautiful

The Newport News Recycling Office was awarded the “30 Grants in Thirty Days” grant from Keep Virginia Beautiful for 2016! The $750.00 grant will support the City's Event Recycling Initiative to purchase additional recycling containers that will be available on loan to local civic and business groups for their special events and festivals. Recycling at large-scale events reduce the volume of waste in local landfills and minimize environmental impact. This program has been in place since 2007. Keep Virginia Beautiful (KVB) has given 150 organizations over $110,000 to empower them to make a positive and long-lasting difference in their respective communities since 2011.

Contact the Newport News Call Center at 311 or 933-2311 to request a recycling container for your special event.

Virginia Green Certification for Newport News One City Marathon Event

Since its inception, the Newport News One City Marathon has received Virginia Green event certification. Virginia Green is a partnership among the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), the Virginia Tourism Corporation, and the Virginia Hospitality and Travel Association. Virginia Green events are those which have been thoughtfully planned in order to minimize environmental impacts and help increase environmental awareness. Waste reduction initiatives featured at the One City Marathon included Eco stations, clothes/shoe collections, water filling stations, and the use of mass transit. In addition, curb inlet filters were used as the main method for pollution prevention. NNGreen also exhibited at the 2-day Health and Wellness Expo to educate participants and spectators about the city's sustainability initiatives and the Marathon's Virginia Green certification.