Energy and sustainability leaders from Henrico County, Chesterfield County, James City County and the City of Richmond recently joined members and supporters of USGBC Greater Virginia for a presentation and discussion about green initiatives within their localities.
The presenters focused on local initiatives that drive sustainability leadership and measurable successes benefitting the citizens and the environment of Virginia. The audience consisted of members of the green building design community, including architects and engineers, manufacturers, vendors and consultants. The featured speakers were:
- Carrie Webster, Energy Manager of Henrico County, who promotes energy efficiency and sustainability in county facilities including government, public schools and public utilities.
- Julia Reynolds, Chesterfield County’s Energy Management Administrator, who leads Chesterfield to act locally and think globally regarding environmental stewardship and sustainability.
- Dawn Oleksy, Environmental Coordinator for James City County, who is responsible for energy management and the promotion of sustainability initiatives in all James City County government facilities, as well as recycling and litter prevention education and outreach.
- Alicia Zatcoff, Sustainability Manager for the City of Richmond, who develops and leads Richmond’s Sustainability and Energy Management Program.
The speakers discussed included energy benchmarking and audits, green building, transportation and planning, waste streams and recycling, education and outreach and local government collaboration. Understanding that community participation is critical to effecting change, audience members also contributed to a discussion about the types of innovative sustainability initiatives they’d like to see their local governments address in the future.