What is Go Green Virginia?

Go Green Virginia is an initiative of the Virginia Municipal League designed to provide the organization's member local governments with helpful information and practical strategies to promote environmental responsibility. The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) also participate in the initiative.

The initiative, endorsed by the league's 13-member Executive Committee, recognizes that the Commonwealth's communities need to take innovative steps to reduce energy usage and promote sustainability.

An member Advisory Committee, appointed and chaired by Hopewell Councilor Christina Luman-Bailey, a member of the VML Executive Committee, oversees the initiative. The advisory committee is comprised of subject experts from the public, private and non-profit sectors.

What exactly is the Green Government Challenge?

The "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.  

How does my local government participate in the Green Government Challenge?

To participate, register on the Green Government Challenge portion of this Web site. 

Once registered, the city, town or county should start completing the Challenge and  implement new actions and adopt new policies that will increase their total score. The Challenge must be completed and submitted online via the Green Government Challenge portion of this Web site, which provides detailed instructions, technical assistance and samples of actions and policies already established by other jurisdictions. 

Local governments will earn "green points" by implementing or adopting policies and actions listed in 11 categories. Amassing at least 100 "green points" out of a possible 200 will earn a certification as a "Green Government." These awards and certificates will be presented at the VML Annual Conference .

Once completed, take an environmentally friendly step by submitting the Challenge online by Sept. 3, 2018.


If my local government participated in the GreenGovernment Challenge last year, can we participate again?

Yes. VML encourages all of its member local governments to participate in last year's Green Government Challenge, including those that participated last year. 

What are the Go Green Virginia Regional Forums?

What is the Virginia Municipal League?

The Virginia Municipal League 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. Its office is located in downtown Richmond. 

Who do I contact if I need more information?

Send questions via e-mail to pford@vml.org. 

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