Category Archives: Community Programs & Policies

Sustainability pros and advocates in Southwest Virginia persevere amid skepticism, Tea Party opposition

by Jim Pierobon, Founder and principal writer of The Energy Fix.
Complete article available at The Energy Collective.

Few, if any, Virginians believe working on sustainability initiatives in the southwestern part of the state is an easy task. Many people who live or work there know some elected officials who are openly skeptical about human-influenced global warming, and with it doubts about the benefits of conserving energy, curbing harmful greenhouse gas emissions and cleaning up local waste streams.
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Energy Department Recognizes City of Roanoke for Leadership in Better Buildings Challenge

ROANOKE, Va. – As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department today recognized the city of Roanoke, Virginia for its leadership. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, Roanoke has committed to 20 percent savings by 2020 across more than 25 buildings, covering one million square feet. Roanoke has already achieved 16 percent energy savings since 2009, and its Better Buildings Challenge showcase project, a retrofit of the Berglund Center, is expected to result in 30 percent energy savings, totaling $180,000 annually.
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Resilient Communities: A CommunityMatters Conference Call

Our communities are constantly changing. Most changes are gradual and predictable—a new store opens on Main Street, newcomers come to town and priorities shift. But, sometimes change is abrupt, unexpected—a major natural disaster or an epidemic. How can your city or town best prepare for unanticipated change? What will help your community respond to challenges not only to bounce back, but to become stronger than ever?

Michael Crowley, senior program officer, Institute for Sustainable Communities, and Christine Morris, chief resilience officer with the city of Norfolk, Virginia, joined CommunityMatters for an hour-long conference call on January 22, 2015. Listen to the archived audio for ideas about and lessons learned from building resilient communities, or browse the presenter notes from this event for additional resources.

Georgetown Climate Center

logo-georgetown_climate_centerThe nonpartisan Georgetown Climate Center seeks to advance effective climate, energy, and transportation policies in the United States—policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help communities adapt to climate change.

Led by Executive Director Vicki Arroyo and Faculty Director Professor Peter Byrne of Georgetown Law, the Center also seeks to ensure that national climate and energy policy is informed by lessons from existing state efforts and that national policies maintain an ongoing role for state innovation and implementation.

The Center performs a vital role in the development of policy by:

  • Connecting states and federal policymakers;
  • Analyzing legislative and regulatory developments and assisting with program design;
  • Sharing best practices and success stories with state and federal policymakers;
  • Serving as a resource to all states in addressing climate change and promoting a clean energy economy.

Based at Georgetown Law, the Center works extensively with government officials, academics, and an array of stakeholders to strengthen state and federal climate partnerships. The Center analyzes the provisions of federal policy relevant to states and territories, and encourages policymakers to learn from and adopt innovative policies emerging from the states.

Visit the Georgetown Climate Center website for tools, reports, and more.

 

Virginia’s Sustainable Future (1999)

VSF1Virginia’s Sustainable Future: Solutions for the Environment, Businesses, and Communities was held June 16–18, 1999 in Richmond. This first-ever statewide sustainability conference in Virginia attracted community, business and government representatives striving to meet the needs of the present without compromising the sustainability of Virginia’s future.

Click here to view the event page as it appeared in 1999.

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