The Green Government Commission: Creating Green Policies that Protect our Planet, Save Money and Create Business Opportunities

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The Green Government Commission was created by the George Washington Regional Commission in September 2007. The Commission is comprised of elected officials from each of GWRC's five jurisdictions which consists of Caroline County, City of Fredericksburg, King George County, Spotsylvania County and Stafford County as well as members of the public having expertise in and passion for environmental issues.

One of the first projects we launched was an inventory of all the environmental initiatives underway by local governments throughout the region. From water, energy conservation and recycling efforts to incorporating "green" building plans in public facilities, we are please to find that the region was in the forefront on many "green" initiatives. But, we recognized that we could do more. So, to more forward and better manage our work, we broke down our activity into four activities:

Green Building:
To coordinate low-impact development planning and sustainable construction practices.
Green Energy:
To evaluate and promote alternative energy and conservation practices and technologies.
Green Waste & Recycling:
To coordinate and enhance the region’s recycling efforts in a cost-effective manner to reduce the overall level of waste through the promotion of recycling materials.
Green Earth:
To promote good land-use, land conservation and water quality practices.


These activities all share a common theme of promoting and facilitiating short- and long-term eco-friendly policies, as well as fostering economic development and creating green job opportunities in the region.

As we move forward, we will strive: to increase eduction of and outreach to our local residents on all things "green"; to facilitate constructive relationships and open dialoge with the private sector; and debunk myths that "green" techniques are too costly or of lesser quality than traditional methods or products.

The members of the Green Government Commission are excited about the work we're doing and the progress we've made - and the opportunities ahead! We welcome and invite public involvement...use our Feedback link to submit your ideas, comments or suggestions.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

"This project was funded, in part, by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality through Grant # NA09NOS419 of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended.

Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program