Gov. Bob McDonnell's Office news release
Bob McDonnell announced today the winners of the 2013 Governor's Environmental
Excellence Awards, which will be presented 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.
Speaking about the awards, Governor
McDonnell commented, "Last year I hosted a Corporate Sustainability Roundtable
as part of Earth Week. At that time I announced that this year's awards
would focus on these principles. These award winners provide excellent
examples of environmental protection efforts that benefit all Virginians. They
demonstrate the spirit of environmental innovation and leadership of companies
and organizations all across the Commonwealth."
The Gold Medal winners are:
- Du Pont Spruance Plant, Richmond, for
its highly effective Environmental Sustainability Program, which has produced
significant improvements in water conservation, waste generation and energy
- 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 use of toxic chemicals, energy and resources.
- MillerCoors Shenandoah Brewery, Elkton, for
its efforts to reduce the plant's environmental footprint. This 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 with its ongoing efforts to reduce its footprint.
- Piedmont Environmental Council for its Land
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
- 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. It also
has 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.
Award winners were chosen based on
criteria including environmental benefit, stakeholder involvement, public
outreach, transferability and innovativeness.
This year's awards were sponsored by the
Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Department of
Conservation and Recreation, Dominion and MeadWestvaco.
Additional information on the Governor's
Environmental Excellence Awards is available on the DEQ website at: www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/PollutionPrevention/GovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAwards.aspx