Welcome to the Virginia Regional Environmental Management System

The Virginia Regional Environmental Management System (VREMS) is sponsored by the Defense Supply Center Richmond. VREMS is a partnership of federal, state, and local, public and private organizations that collaborate to address community and environmental issues. The innovative partnership strengthens community relationships and promotes environmental sustainability by reducing air, water, and waste emissions in the areas where its partners operate. Read more.

VREMS was originally sponsored by the Department of Defense and the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) in 2003 as a pilot program to develop an EMS-based regional approach to environmental and community challenges.

VREMS hosts WebEx webinars on environmental topics with presentations by VREMS members and subject matter experts. The schedule of webinars is listed below. Scroll down to access links to past webinar event resources including: presentation playback, powerpoint slides in pdf format, websites, and resource documents provided by presenters. To receive WebEx invitations to attend future webinars contact Lisa Billow at lbillow@asismail.net.


UPCOMING EVENTS

VREMS Urban Storm Water Work Group

Join Henrico County, Defense Supply Center of Richmond, DEQ, and DCR in VREMS Work Group on Urban Storm Water on Wednesday, October 5th from 9:30 —11:30 am. The event is hosted by Jeff Perry, Division Manager, Engineering & Environmental Department (Henrico County Government Center, 4301 E. Parham Road, 3rd Floor, Richmond, VA 23228). We will explore:

1) VREMS sponsor of a pilot project;

2) Incentives for non-permitted commercial facilities to participate in storm water P2 through structural retrofits and non-structural best management practices;

3) Potential reduction in storm water utility fees as an incentive to implement storm water pollution prevention (P2); Educating site managers about how they can reduce storm water impacts from their property;

4) Using Tom Schueler’s Storm Water Pollution Benchmarking Tool to educate, evaluate sites, and identify P2 opportunities.

RSVP: Lisa Billow; lbillow@asismail.net; 757-498-0100 x205

VREMS Luncheon

Luncheon at the Virginia Industry Environmental Conference, Chesterfield Room (Holiday Inn Koger Center, Richmond, Virginia) on September 22, noon – 2 pm. Meet and network with VREMS members. Join the VREMS environmental professionals in learning about new technologies and best management practices to improve your facility’s EMS program and promote regional environmental quality. Visit http://www.vamanufacturers.com/environment/2011/index.php

RSVP: Lisa Billow; lbillow@asismail.net; 757-498-0100 x205


VIRGINIA TELEWORK PROGRAM

The Telework!VA program provides telework training and financial incentives for Virginia businesses to establish or expand telework programs for their employees. The program was established by the Commonwealth of Virginia's Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) in an effort to reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and facilitate better transportation through technology. Read More.


STATE FAIR OF VIRGINIA GOES GREEN WITH GREEN SPACE!

With its move to a new pastoral home at The Meadow Event Park in 2009, the State Fair of Virginia now pauses to take inventory of its green efforts. And while the new site was constructed in an environmentally-sensitive manner, much planning and thought has gone into strengthening the State Fair’s green commitment by examining new ways that the Fair can “Go Green,” not only during the event but also throughout the year.

For the 2011 State Fair of Virginia, we are enhancing the ‘green’ exhibit area in Commonwealth Hall. We are looking for vendors, non-profits, and educational exhibitors to demonstrate to over 250,000 Fair patrons all that Virginia has to offer in ways to be environmentally-sensitive and use natural resources responsibly. Unique exhibits that combine fun and education are always a good fit at the State Fair!

Stage & Sound System available for scheduled demonstrations & presentations!

President of Gregori Consulting, LLC, Harry Gregori has taken the lead on this exciting new project. Gregori Consulting specializes in regulatory issues & permitting, alternative energy consulting, and environmental management services. Applications for booths in Green Space will be announced shortly online at http://www.statefair.com/vendor-information.

Last 2010 prices were:

26 - 10’x10’ spaces available for $400* for all 11 days* of the Fair

4 -15’x15’ spaces available for $500* for all 11 days* of the Fair

Educational rates & exhibit space available for fewer days; please inquire with Harry Gregori.

For more information regarding the 2010 State Fair’s Green Space, please contact Harry Gregori at stgert@comcast.net or 804.658.9079



AmeriGas Propane Vehicle Demo
Save the date for an upcoming propane vehicle demonstration in Richmond Virginia. VCC & AmeriGas Propane Vehicle Demonstration Science Museum of Virginia – Discovery Room 2500. Thursday, June 16, 2011, 12:00pm to 3:00pm. Complementary lunch provided by AmeriGas.

Lcation: Science Museum of Virginia, West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23220


GREEN TRENDS: Dominion Virginia Power is teaming up with Ford Motor Company to help prepare Virginia for electric vehicles
Based on extensive market research into commuting patterns and hybrid automobile populations, Ford has chosen Richmond, Virginia among 18 cities to launch the Focus Electric, the automaker’s first all-electric passenger car.


SPOTLIGHT: Altria plants 900 trees to help clean water supply
Many of us learned the hard way how important our water supply is to us. But the quality of that supply is just as important. Altria's innovative natural treatment system is keeping our water cleaner.


2010 Virginia Stormwater Symposium
The Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech and the Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University held a one-day symposium focused on understanding and managing stormwater. Invited experts from Virginia and beyond will provide new insights into the technologies, policies, and economics of stormwater control.