The 2013 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards were announced on April 10, 2013, at the Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington.
The awards recognize the significant contributions of environmental and conservation leaders in two categories: sustainability and land conservation. They are given to businesses and industrial facilities, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies.
The Gold Medal winners are:
- DuPont Spruance Plant, Richmond, for its highly-effective Environmental Sustainability Program, which has produced significant improvements in water conservation, waste generation and energy savings.
- Joint Base Langley – Eustis for the Fort Eustis Sustainability Program, which takes a comprehensive approach to reducing environmental impact and improving natural systems on training lands as well as in residential and office areas.
- Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek – Fort Story for its efforts to improve recycling, construct green buildings, protect natural resources, and reduce toxic chemical, energy and resource use.
- MillerCoors Shenandoah Brewery, Elkton, for its efforts to reduce the plant’s environmental footprint which has resulted in its becoming one of the most energy efficient breweries in the world.
- Pepsico Blue Ridge Gatorade plant, Wytheville, for its comprehensive sustainability program, beginning with the plant’s construction as one of the most energy and environmentally friendly plants of its size and continuing today with its ongoing efforts to reduce its footprint.
- Piedmont Environmental Council for its Land Conservation Program, which combines public and private initiatives with creative market-based solutions to reach state and local conservation goals.
- Prince William County’s Solid Waste Division for its Sustainability Program, which is anchored by the Division’s environmental management system and finds success through strong management, citizen and employee support.
- Virginia Port Authority for its Corporate Environment and Sustainability Program, which has resulted in its being the only ISO 14001 certified container terminal in the country as well as produced aggressive efforts to reduce energy and water use and improve air and water quality.
- Virginia Tech for its Sustainability Program, whose four major components are improving the efficiency of facilities and operations, enhancing academic programs related to sustainability, engaging the larger community, and changing campus culture and behavior to conserve energy, water and materials.
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Questions should be directed to Sharon Baxter at 804-698-4344 or Sharon.Baxter@deq.virginia.gov.