At the Environment Virginia Symposium in Lexington on April 7, 2016, Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s office announced the 2016 winners of the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards. The awards recognize four levels of achievement—Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention—in four categories: environmental projects; land conservation; implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan; and sustainability efforts by businesses, industrial facilities, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies.
This year, three Gold Medals were awarded, along with two Silver Medals, three Bronze Medals, and three Honorable Mentions. According to the Governor’s Office’s April 8, 2016, news release on this year’s award winners, the Gold Medal winners were as follows: the City of Richmond and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance for implementing green practices at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships; the Luray Hawksbill Greenway Trail in Page County for “exemplary implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan by connecting the community to the natural environment along the 2-mile walking and biking trail that borders the Hawksbill Creek”; and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation—celebrating its 50th anniversary—for “leadership in land conservation including the protection of more than 750,000 acres throughout the Commonwealth.”
The complete list of award winners, with descriptions of their achievements, is available online available in the award ceremony program, online at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/PollutionPrevention/GovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAwards/GovernorsEnvironmentalExcellenceAwardWinners.aspx.
Additional source: Governor McAuliffe Announces Environmental Excellence Award Winners, Virginia Governor’s Office News Release, 4/8/16.
For Water Center News Grouper posts on award winners in past years, please go to this link: https://vawatercentralnewsgrouper.wordpress.com/?s=Environmental+Excellence.