Today, in the biggest step forward for clean water in more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a rule to close loopholes in the Clean Water Act that leave 57% of Virginia’s streams and millions of acres of wetlands at risk of unchecked pollution and development.
Virginia may not yet be known as a clean energy leader, but many municipalities are pursuing ambitious clean energy and carbon reduction goals, and should be applauded for their efforts. A coalition of environmental groups have launched a new local campaign, Virginia Acts on Climate, a multi-month series that will showcase through events and features, areas in which local governments, businesses, and citizens are already taking action to curb their carbon pollution and invest in cleaner energy.
Our new report, Moving America Forward, shows even as federal energy efficiency requirements have helped Virginia reduce emissions, leaders in Richmond could be playing a much larger role in reducing carbon pollution. In lieu of comprehensive state or federal legislation, local governments across the commonwealth have stepped up to implement community environmental programs aimed at protecting future generations from the worst impacts of climate change.