Richmond VA > Sustainability > Environment

Last Updated: 2016-06-21

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Environment

Whether considering the beauty of its natural surroundings, opportunities for recreation, the value of the James River and other bodies of water, or the health and well-being of its occupants, Richmond has much to offer—and much to protect—in its environment.

The community recognizes the importance of sustaining and enhancing its surrounding environment through resource protection and conservation, minimizing waste, and protecting the quality of its air and water.

Goal

Create a healthy urban environment

Objectives

  • Protect and enhance Richmond's water resources

  • Enable the Richmond community to use water wisely

  • Improve the city's solid waste system

  • Strive to continuously improve the quality of Richmond’s indoor and outdoor air

How are we doing?

Objectives

Water Resources

Protect and enhance Richmond’s water resources

Initiatives

Use storm water best management practices (BMPs) in new construction and maintenance

Use storm water BMPs in all construction and maintenance activity

Adopt an organic pesticide and fertilizer policy

Adopt a policy to reduce amount of non-organic chemicals entering watershed through storm water runoff

Reduce the percentage of impermeable surface area

Use land use regulations to reduce percentage of impermeable surface area

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Community Water Usage

Enable the Richmond community to use water wisely

Initiatives

Install low-flow fixtures in city-owned buildings

Install water-efficient fixtures in all city-owned buildings

Create a rebate program for water-efficient fixtures and appliances

Create a rebate program for residents to purchase water-efficient fixtures and appliances

Promote rainwater collection systems

Promote rainwater collection systems for use in homes and businesses

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Waste System

Improve the city's solid waste system

Initiatives

Expand recycling service to commercial and multi-family sectors

Expand recycling service to commercial and multi-family buildings

Adopt a material reduction procurement policy

Adopt a procurement policy that emphasizes materials reduction

Implement a Pay-As-You-Throw program

Adopt a Pay-As-You-Throw program to incentivize increased recycling

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Indoor and Outdoor Air

Strive to continuously improve the quality of Richmond's indoor and outdoor air

Initiatives

Adopt a green Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) policy and/or Operations & Maintenance (O&M) practices in city buildings

Adopt a green IAQ policy and/or O&M standards for city buildings

Develop a Traffic Management Plan to reduce congestion

Conduct a traffic management plan to identify strategies for reducing congestion

Participate in the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

Participate in the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative to improve housing and promote sustainability

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Contact Information:

Richmond City Sustainability
730 E. Broad St., 8th Floor
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: 311 or (804)646-7000

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