At the annual conference of the Virginia Municipal League in October 2014, Herndon Mayor Lisa Merkel and members of the Herndon Town Council accepted the Virginia Municipal League's (VML) "Green Government" Certification in recognition of the town's achievements in implementing environmental policies and actions. This is the second time the town has received this prestigious designation.
Programs and initiatives that qualified the town for Green Government Certification include:
- Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program, encouraging walking and bicycling to neighborhood schools, funded through a grant received from Virginia Department of Transportation
- Household sustainable living practices such as a community wide-recycling program that exceeds state guidelines and is promoted to residents by activities such as the "Battle of the Bottles," conducted with the Herndon Environmental Network
- High-density mixed use plan for redevelopment of the Herndon Transit Oriented Core near the future Herndon Metrorail Station
- Establishment of energy usage baselines for town facilities and light fixtures
- Maintenance of four natural parks as well as publicly and privately owned floodplain areas
- Codified provisions for tree protection and plantings
- Low impact development (LID) stormwater management policies implemented through direction of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan and the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act
- Increased energy efficiency in town vehicles through use of GPS, anti-idling policy, and purchase of hybrid replacement vehicles
- Establishment of policy including the Energy Conservation and Environmental Responsibility Statement Resolution passed by the Town Council in 2011
- Specialized programs including the W&OD Trail lighting, Herndon Centennial Golf Course stormwater pond BMP retrofit and Audubon Certification, Naturefest at Runnymede Park, Sugarland Run stream cleanup, Herndon Municipal Center automated HVAC control system, and the Town Shop pond rehabilitation project.
VML, in partnership with the Virginia Association of Counties and the Virginia School Boards Association, instituted the "Green Government Challenge" in 2008 as a friendly competition designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and actions that reduce the carbon emissions generated by local government and communities.
For more information on the town's participation, contact the Department of Public Works.