The Virginia Municipal League awarded Williamsburg first place in the “Green Government Challenge.” According to a press release, the challenge assessed policy adoption, energy efficiency, waste management, water and air quality and other aspects of local areas and awarded points to the participants with the policies which reduce carbon emissions. Williamsburg won with 155 “green points” out of a possible 200 among communities with populations of less than 15,000. The city won $3,000 which will be used to buy trees to plant throughout Williamsburg.
“We are pleased to be recognized for the city’s past and present environmental sustainability practices,” City Manager Jack Tuttle said. “The Williamsburg City Council and staff are committed to reducing carbon emissions and the Green Government Challenge provided a useful framework to evaluate and manage our green activities and programs.