Clarke County Wins Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award

Governor Bob McDonnell today announced the winners of the 2012 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 three categories: environmental projects, environmental programs and land conservation. They are given to businesses and industrial facilities, not-for-profit organizations and government agencies.

Speaking about the awards, Governor McDonnell remarked, “The accomplishments of these award winners are truly impressive. They demonstrate a clear commitment to improve our environment and make the lives of all Virginians better.”

The awards will be presented by Secretary of Natural Resources Doug Domenech, Department of Environmental Quality Director David Paylor, and Department of Conservation and Recreation Director David Johnson.  Four Bronze level, four Silver level, and five Gold level awards will be presented.

The Gold Medal winners are:

  • Clarke County Conservation Easement Authority for its successful efforts to protect and preserve land with significant agricultural, natural, scenic and historic resources. The authority has filled an important niche by enabling smaller landowners who might not meet the criteria of other programs to place land in easement.
  • NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility for its highly successful Energy Savings Performance Project, a broad-perspective analysis of alternative measures. The project was a multi-year collaborative effort between the Wallops Environmental Office and the Wallops Facilities Management Branch to reduce the facility’s carbon footprint.
  • NASA Langley Research Center for implementation of the “revitalization through sustainability” concept for the campus. This initiative included building high-performance green buildings, upgrading current infrastructure to be more energy efficient and conserve water, and making the core campus a walkable community.
  • Naval Station Norfolk for results achieved through its broad-based environmental management system. The focuses of this system include reducing polluted storm water runoff, reducing waste generation, recycling and diverting solid waste, reducing spills, and reducing toxic chemical usage and emissions.
  • Virginia Department of Corrections for maximizing the reuse and reclamation of materials through the deconstruction and recycling of the Southampton Correction Center. The project employed an innovative approach to removing an outdated facility and converting the land to farmland.

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 Trane.

Additional information on the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards is available on the DEQ website at: