During the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, attendees will notice 10 mobile water-filling stations provided by the City’s Department of Public Utilities in the spectator zones, making it easy and free to refill water bottles and reduce the number of plastic bottles used.
This won’t be the first time the water-filling stations will be available to the public. Six fountains are scheduled to be on the premises at the Redskins training camp and up to four fountains at the Carytown Watermelon Festival. They were unveiled at Chimborazo Park on Earth Day this past April.
During the Earth Day event, Mayor Dwight C. Jones issued a progress report on the City’s RVAgreen sustainability plan, "Moving Sustainability Forward." The progress report tracks headway in achieving the 55 sustainability initiatives established in the plan such as green jobs, healthy food access, community energy use, recycling, open space access, housing cost burden, and alternative modes of transportation. It sets goals to reduce government and community greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, equal to a 1.8 percent reduction every year.
As a result of work related to the 2015 Championships, the City of Richmond and collaborators are planning to enhance sustainability for future events. In addition to the mobile water filling stations and Green Team of volunteers, improvements include recycling and composting stations; and a green event toolkit to provide free information and resources to help organizers make their events more sustainable.
RVAgreen is the City’s sustainability program and is managed by Alicia Zatcoff. Zatcoff founded and developed the city’s sustainability and energy management program in 2010, focusing on improving the economic and environmental performance of city government. The RVAgreen Sustainability Plan, released in 2012, furthers the City’s sustainability goals: to improve the quality of life for residents, create a healthy environment and enhance economic opportunity in the city of Richmond.
For more information about RVAgreen including a copy of the RVAgreen Progress Report visit www.richmondgov.com/sustainability
Watch Alicia Zatcoff’s TEDxRVAWomen talk on “Nurturing Nature."