The Green Government Challenge is a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by both the local government and the broader community. Cities, towns and counties can become a certified "Green Government." Many of these actions can save local governments money. To view the Challenge, click here.
How to participate
Participating in the Green Government Challenge is easy.
Local governments must register to participate. To do so, you will need a Green Key. To obtain this unique password, click on the name of your locality and submit an email address using the form at the bottom of this page. Once you have received your Green Key via email, return to this page, click on the name of your locality and enter your Green Key to register.
Once registered, look over the Challenge to get familiar with its 11 categories and 44 action items. The Challenge score sheet includes helpful links to detailed explanations and examples of each of the 54 action items that can be implemented in your community.
Start completing the Challenge and earn "green points" by implementing new actions and adopting new policies that will increase your total score. Amassing at least 100 "green points" out of a possible 380 will earn certification as a "Green Government." Earning 125-149 will earn a Silver designation; 150-174 a Gold designation and 175 and above a Platinum designation.
Complete the VML Green Government Challenge and take the environmentally friendly step of submitting it online by September 23rd, 2016, for validation. (NOTE: VACo members have until October 7th, 2016).
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