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Last Updated: 2017-03-10

RVAgreen Sustainability Dashboard

The RVAgreen Sustainability Dashboard measures and shares progress on the city's sustainability goals. To get started, click on any of the indicators below to see how we're doing.



Sustainability Indicator: Green Jobs
Green Jobs Progress

Target: Increase Clean Sector Jobs as a Percentage of Total Jobs

Clean sector jobs are identified in the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Standard Occupational Classification code system as either "Green Enhanced Skills, Green Increased Demand, or Green New & Emerging." Some sectors of our local economy where green jobs exist include renewable energy, energy efficiency, green construction, conservation, and recycling.

Green Jobs Graph

Sustainability Indicator: Access to Healthy Food
Healthy Food Progress

Target: Increase in Number of Residents Living Within One Mile of a Grocery Store, One-Quarter Mile of Other Healthy Food Options

Local, healthy and sustainable food should be accessible and affordable. Healthy food options are places where local, healthy and sustainable food is available.

Healthy Food Graph


Sustainability Indicator: Alternative Energy
Alternative Energy Progress

Target: Increase Renewable Energy Capacity Within the Community

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) tracks solar and wind installations and provides data on the capacity of these installations as watts net metered.

Alternative Energy Graph

Sustainability Indicator: Energy Use
Energy Use Progress

Target: Decrease Energy Consumption Within the Community

Dominion Virginia Power tracks and provides kWh energy consumed by sector: residential, commercial, industrial and governmental which includes federal, state and local government facilities within the city of Richmond.

Energy Use Graph


Sustainability Indicator: Solid Waste
Solid Waste Progress

Target: Increase In Community Recycling Rate

The recycling rate measures the amount of recycling as a percentage of total solid waste (recycling + landfill).

Solid Waste Graph



Sustainability Indicator: Water Quality
Water Quality Progress

Target: Increase in Number of Acres Treated by Best Management Practices (BMP)

The Best Management Practices (BMP) measured by this indicator are water pollution controls that are physical installations such as retention ponds, rain gardens, and other infrastructure designed to reduce stormwater runoff into the James River and Chesapeake Bay.

Water Quality Graph


Sustainability Indicator: Air Quality
Air Quality Progress

Target: Decrease in the Number of Unhealthy Air Quality Days

Air quality is measured on an Index referred to as the AQI that runs from 0 to 500.The higher the AQI value, the greater the level of air pollution and health concern on a given day.

Air Quality Graph 1 Air Quality Graph 2


Sustainability Indicator: Access to Open Space
Access to Open Space Progress

Target: Increase in Number of Residents Living Within one-quarter Mile of a City Park or Open Space

City-owned parks and open spaces provide places for people to exercise, play, relax and connect with nature.

Access to Open Space Graph


Sustainability Indicator: Urban Tree Canopy
Urban Tree Canopy Progress

Target: Increase In Number of Trees Planted on Public Property

This indicator only measures trees planted on public property because the city can track and measure this on an annual basis. Trees planted on private property in the city are just as important to the urban tree canopy.

An urban tree canopy survey that measures the entire tree canopy throughout the city is conducted every few years.

Urban Tree Canopy Graph


Sustainability Indicator: Housing Cost Burden
Housing Cost Burden Progress

Target: Decrease in Percentage of Households Paying More Than 30% of Their Income for Housing

According to the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, housing is considered unaffordable if its costs more than 30% of a household or family's income.

Housing Cost Burden Graph 1 Housing Cost Burden Graph 2



Sustainability Indicator: Alternate Transportation
Alternate Transportation   Progress

Target: Increase in Percent of Trips by Mode Share Other Than Single Occupant Vehicle

When people choose a means of travel other than driving alone in a car, they are choosing an alternate mode that is often more convenient, healthier, more cost-effective and better for the environment.

Alternate Transportation Graph 1

Alternate Transportation Graph 2


Sustainability Indicator: Vehicle Miles Traveled
Vehicle Miles Traveled Progress

Target: Decrease Per Capita of Daily Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)

Daily Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) is an estimate by the Virginia Department of Transportation based on traffic counts and lane miles. It is an indicator of all motorized vehicle travel levels in the city.

Vehicle Miles Traveled Graph


Sustainability Indicator: Climate Action
Climate Action Progress

Community Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Target: Decrease Community GHG Emissions By 80% by 2050

The Climate Action section sets a goal to reduce the community's greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 using 2008 emissions as the baseline. This goal is essential for a vibrant and resilient Richmond.

Climate Action Graph
Climate Action Progress

Municipal Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Target: Decrease Municipal GHG Emissions By 80% by 2050

The Climate Action section sets a goal to reduce city government's greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050 using 2008 emissions as the baseline. This goal is essential for a vibrant and resilient Richmond.

Climate Action Graph

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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