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Clean and Green


Better Buildings Challenge Recognizes Roanoke’s Leadership in Energy Efficiency Maria Vargas, Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge, praised the City of Roanoke’s leadership in energy efficiency at the Berglund Center on Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Roanoke joined the Better Building Challenge in 2012 by committing over 1 million square feet to a 20% energy reduction by 2020. The Berglund Center is a Better Building Challenge Showcase project with an additional commitment to achieve a 30% energy savings. Currently, the Berglund Center has reduced its energy by 24%, positioning well to achieve its goal and saving over $100,000 last year in avoided energy costs.Ms. Vargas commended the city’s in-house Energy Team for a job well done. She applauded Roanoke as one of the top overall performers in the local government division of the Better Building Challenge. Following her comments, the group of community leaders and local media toured the facility to view the improvements and to learn more about the project
The City of Roanoke is proud to be a leader in the Better Building Challenge!

Mission Statement
The City of Roanoke will be the cleanest and greenest city in Virginia through its government, residents, businesses, schools, and civic organizations taking an active role and responsibility for improving and preserving the visual appeal and natural beauty of the community. Click here to read the official proclamation.

The Clean and Green Campaign ended its official 18-month run in spring of 2009. But the city continues to make being “clean and green” an integral part of the way we do business. The information on these pages will help you learn what the city is already doing, as well as how you can get involved. It may seem like a monumental task, but there are a number of simple things that any citizen can do. Working together, we can ensure a cleaner, greener future for the place we call home.