Service Authority Recognized as Sustainability Partner by Virginia Department of Environmental Quality

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Provided by Prince William County Service Authority

Prince William County Service Authority is being recognized as a Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) Sustainability Partner by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) for its ongoing commitment to the environment, including its Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Committee and the H2Go Kids outreach program.

As a VEEP Sustainability Partner, the Service Authority joins a list of members who have gone above and beyond to commit to the environment.

“The Service Authority will be a great fit with our VEEP Sustainability Partner program,” said Meghann Quinn, VDEQ Pollution Prevention Manager. “We welcome their membership and look forward to their continued dedication to environmental sustainability.”

The VEEP Sustainability Partners program is designed to encourage large organizations in both the private and public sectors across Virginia to make environmental sustainability part of their culture through leadership, innovation and continual improvement. Before being selected for membership organizations must demonstrate this commitment through measurable and verifiable conservation efforts that lead to direct and indirect improvements in energy usage, water usage, waste generation and other environmental benefits.

In 2022, the Service Authority created an employee-led Environmental Sustainability and Stewardship Committee. This committee’s objectives include researching, proposing and assisting with the implementation of environmentally responsible initiatives within the organization.  Their work began by identifying existing contributions to environmental stewardship, such as recycling, installing energy-efficient lighting, the transition to energy-efficient heating systems, and monitoring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility.

Upgrading the lighting fixtures throughout the Mooney plant and the Service Authority’s Spittle headquarters in Woodbridge, Virginia is expected to result in significant energy and cost savings. Specifically, this initiative is projected to save approximately 475,300 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually, which translates to a cost savings of $32,500 per year. This is a substantial reduction in energy consumption and operational expenses, demonstrating the benefits of energy-efficient lighting upgrades.

“We are fortunate to have leadership that is committed to Environmental Sustainability and that provides the leeway to think openly and creatively about how to contribute in a meaningful way to our community,” said Lee-Anne Dandrea, Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability Committee Chair.

The Service Authority’s commitment to the environment is also showcased through its H2Go Kids online learning hub. This platform offers virtual educational resources for students, parents and teachers. The award-winning program features a variety of water- and wastewater-related activities as well as pre-recorded classroom presentations about topics like drinking water and wastewater treatment, wise water use and the environmental impacts of erosion.

“We are thrilled that VDEQ recognized our commitment to making our business environmentally sustainable,” said Michelle Miranda, Community Outreach Supervisor. “We educated more than 11,000 students last year through H2Go Kids by utilizing pre-recorded and live virtual presentations as well as worksheets, comics, experiments and more to teach students about the importance of water as a vital resource.”

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