The Virginia Environmental Excellence Program was established to encourage superior environmental performance. VEEP drives environmental excellence by encouraging facilities and organizations within the Commonwealth that have strong environmental records to go above and beyond their legal requirements. The program has been in place since 2000 and currently has over 450 members.
There are two types of participation: facility-based and organization-based. The facility-based track (e.g., E2, E3 and E4) promotes the use of environmental management systems (EMS) and pollution prevention and is based on the principles of ISO 14001, the international standard for EMSs, which originated in Europe in the early 1990s. In 2012, DEQ launched the VEEP Sustainability Partners (SP) track to encourage organizations such as local governments, universities and state agencies across Virginia to make environmental sustainability part of their culture through leadership, innovation, and continual improvement.
- Virginia Department of Corrections - Central Virginia Unit #13
- BAE Systems Norfolk Ship Repair (E4)
- CCP Composites US, LLC, Chatham (E4)
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Wallops Flight Facility (E4 Renewal)
- Masco Builder Cabinetry - Mount Jackson (E4 Renewal)
- International Paper, Franklin (E4 Renewal)
- Virginia Department of Corrections - Rustburg Correctional Unit #9 (E2 Renewal)
- Virginia Department of Corrections - Lunenburg (E2 Renewal)
- Virginia Department of Fire Programs (E2 Renewal)
- City of Newport News Fire Department (E3 Renewal)
- Virginia Department of Corrections - Marion (E2 Renewal)
- Hazen and Sawyer - Fairfax, Richmond, Virginia Beach (E2)
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Recent VEEP Recognition Events
| The Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Roanoke was recognized for their recent E4 acceptance with a ceremony at the plant on November 14.
| On September 19, DEQ presented an E3 plaque to employees of the Luck Stone Rockville plant.
| On September 18, the City of Roanoke's Public Works Service Center celebrated its recent E3 acceptance with a ceremony. Below, DEQ's Keith Boisvert presents Roanoke Environmental Administrator Christopher Blakeman with the City's VEEP plaque.
| On August 31, DEQ Director David Paylor (holding plaque) presented the Roanoke Cement Company with its E3 plaque and flag at a ceremony at the plant. Pictured with Mr. Paylor are (left to right) Bob Sells, Lance Clark and Costas Tassiadamis.
In 2005, the Virginia General Assembly adopted legislation specifically authorizing the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program.
In July 2000, DEQ signed a Memorandum of Agreement with EPA Region III which outlines the agencies' commitment toward regulatory innovation and the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program. The MOA identifies the processes and procedures that will be used to review VEEP applications as well as requests by VEEP E3 and E4 participants for regulatory flexibility.