Achievements

  1. 2017
  2. 2016
  3. 2015
  4. 2014

City of Newport News One City Marathon is the Green Event of the Year!

The City of Newport News One City Marathon, presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, received the Virginia Green Travel Star Award as the Green Event of the Year for its exceptional efforts and commitment to environmental excellence in 2016. The Virginia Green program recognizes outstanding Virginia tourism organizations from across the Commonwealth for their voluntary efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations.

Virginia Environmental Excellence Program Sustainability Partner

The City of Newport News has been selected as a Virginia Environmental Excellence Program Sustainability Partner (VEEP SP) for the year of 2017 by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The annual approval is in recognition of the numerous, significant, environmental achievements the City has made to-date as well as the ambitious sustainability goals set for the future. DEQ designed the VEEP SP track to encourage organizations across Virginia to make environmental sustainability part of their culture through leadership, innovation, and continual improvement.

Newport News demonstrates this commitment through continual, measurable, and verifiable conservation efforts. These efforts lead to direct and indirect improvements in energy usage, water usage, waste generation, and other environmental benefits. The City has received this annual recognition of environmental excellence since 2013.

The City earned the recognition for an array of initiatives in 2016, for example:

  • The City of Newport News One City Marathon, presented by Newport News Shipbuilding, received the Virginia Green Travel Star Award as the Green Event of the Year for its exceptional efforts and commitment to environmental excellence in 2016. The Virginia Green program recognizes outstanding Virginia tourism organizations from across the Commonwealth for their voluntary efforts to reduce the environmental impacts of their operations.
  • The City of Newport News Department of Public Works Recovery Operations Center (ROC) hosted the inaugural Boy Scouting Sustainability Merit Badge Conference and Tour. The project was designed to expose Boy Scouts, their leaders and parents to the wide variety of resources and opportunities in effective environmental stewardship. The Boy Scouts leadership arranged for resources to come from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Waterworks, Engineering, the James River Foundation and several others. Over 50 Scouts, leaders and parents rotated through work and demonstration stations in order to better understand sustainability issues and practices.
  • The City of Newport News was selected as the beneficiary of trees purchased by the James River Association with a tree planting grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry. Eighty-five trees from nine different native species were planted at Riverview Farm Park around the multi-use trail. The planting was completed with the volunteer help of the Virginia Tech Extension Office - Virginia Master Gardeners, Virginia Master Naturalist and the Virginia Tree Stewards along with the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department - Landscape Services Division Staff. The trees were installed by the group of 18 volunteers. As the trees mature they will enhance the beauty of Riverview Farm Park and be enjoyed by all who use the multi-use trail around the Park.

Environmental Management System Approval

The City of Newport News Department of Public Works earned approval of its Environmental Management System (EMS) Annual Report to the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) in May 2016. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality commended the facilities for outstanding work in pollution prevention. The EMS program, as part of the Sustainability Division, continues to promote sustainable practices. One practice reported was the Street Maintenance Division hauling 1,044 tons of broken concrete to be recycled at no cost. In addition, 4,464 tons of old asphalt was recycled and reused.

Governor’s Clean Fleet Award

The City of Newport News and Newport News Public Schools (NNPS) was awarded the Governor’s Clean Fleet Award sponsored by Virginia Clean Cities and the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. This award was presented by Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Lane during the Virginia Natural Gas’ 2nd annual “From Sea-to-Shining-Sea” Natural Gas Vehicle Road Rally Across America on June 15, 2017. The award recognizes governments and fleets that excelled in the adoption of alternative fuels including natural gas, propane and others -- reducing greenhouse gas emissions and petroleum use. The event was held at the Virginia Natural Gas fueling site located at 746 Diligence Drive in Newport News. Virginia Natural Gas used the event to promote the use of natural gas as an alternative transportation fuel.

The Governor’s Clean Fleet award recognizes the work the City and NNPS have done to expand the fleet of alternative fueled vehicles. Together, the City and NNPS will soon have 76 alternative fuel vehicles that run on propane Autogas. This includes 24 school buses and 52 vehicles used by City departments including Fire, Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Police, Public Works, and the Sheriff’s Office.

Pollution Prevention Diamond Excellence Award

The Newport News Solid Waste Recovery Operations Center has earned a Pollution Prevention Diamond Excellence Award for 2016. Presented by the Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD), the award was for 11 consecutive years of perfect permit compliance of its landfill leachate disposal system. Leachate is water from a landfill site which, if not collected, can contaminate natural water sources. The Center collects the leachate and transports it through a pipeline to HRSD.