Green Initiatives in Virginia Transportation
Virginia is blessed with a unique and spectacular natural environment. Our natural resources are so central to our quality of life, that their conservation, preservation and protection are required by the Constitution of Virginia. That responsibility imposes on each of us, in state government, a personal responsibility to do our work always and to every extent possible in ways that minimize the impact on Virginia's natural resources and preserve them for future
generations of Virginians.
Virginia's government must set the example in its use of all resources. We must be conservative and frugal whether we are using dollars provided by taxpayers, materials purchased with those dollars, or the exceptional natural resources entrusted to our care. To this end, conservation and efficiency must be a central consideration in how we conduct all of our business and operations.
Governor Robert F. McDonnell, Executive Order 19
Following the leadership of Governor McDonnell and Secretary Sean T. Connaughton, the Virginia Transportation Secretariat reaffirms its commitment to the preservation of Virginia's environment as a one of our core responsibilities, and pledges that all of its agencies will pursue sustainable practices in their day to day operations and long-term planning. Further, we pledge to:
- Comply with all environmental laws and regulations
- Actively seek to reduce waste and recyle
- Increase our use of renewable materials
- Pursue a goal of not less than 20 percent of our eligible workforce telecommuting
- Purchase or lease only Energy Star rated appliances and equipment for all classifications for which an Energy Star designation is available
- Procure only diesel fuel that contains, at a minimum, two percent, by volume, biodiesel or green diesel fuel, taking into consideration availability and cost as it relates to unblended diesel fuel
- Decrease our energy consumption by at least five percent for FY 2012 (as compared to FY 2010)
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