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The Virginia Municipal League's Go Green Virginia initiative (GoGreenVa) recognizes that communities need to take innovative steps to reduce energy usage and promote sustainability. The initiative has several components that will continue to unfold in 2009 and 2010, including a series of regional forums that will be held across the state and publication of an on-line "best practices" Green Book.

Most importantly, member local governments are urged to participate in a friendly competition known as the Green Government Challenge. The "Challenge" is designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that not only reduce carbon emissions, but can save local governments money.

VML is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town and county governments established in 1905 to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services. The membership includes 38 cities, 157 towns and 11 counties.

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Green Tips
Ask about Energy Efficient Mortgages, known as EEMs. They often allow new homeowners to qualify for a larger mortgage with a lower annual income due to the energy savings expected in homes built to high-energy efficiency standards. Ask your real estate professional or mortgage lender about EEMs.

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