News Release | Environment Virginia

Vice President Biden Announces Energy Efficiency 'Retro-fit Rampup" Rewards

Richmond, VA – Today, Vice President Joe Biden and Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a new ‘Retrofit Ramp-Up’ program that will give 25 communities, including Charlottesville, VA grants for innovative retrofit projects.  The projects will receive a combined $452 million and it is estimated they will create 30,000 jobs over the next few years, while saving consumers $100 million per year and leveraging $2.8 billion in other investment.  Charlottesville’s LEAP program will receive a portion of the $20 million granted to the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance through the program.  Environment Virginia applauded the Administration’s action as another major victory from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s $80 billion in clean energy investment.

News Release | Environment Virginia

Virginia Waterways Cleanup and Consumer Choice Act Falls in House of Delegates

Richmond – Americans use more than 100 billion plastic and paper bags every year, but we recycle less than 5 percent of those bags. Many of these bags end up in landfills, and even worse millions end up floating around our waterways clogging the Chesapeake Bay and the rivers, lakes and streams that feed into it. This morning, a three member subcommittee of the House of Delegates voted against a bill that would have taken steps to reduce waste from these bags in the Commonwealth.

News Release | Environment Virginia

More Than 14,000 Virginians Call on EPA to Clean up the Bay

Today marks the end of a public comment period on the federal government’s recent proposals to restore the Chesapeake Bay. The comment period follows the release of nine reports authored by federal agencies that served as a “draft strategy” for bay cleanup.  In response, more than 40,000 residents of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania submitted comments calling for bold federal action to restore the bay.