Thursday, March 21, 2013

City to Participate in Earth Hour on March 23 at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, March 23 at 8:30 p.m. the City of Richmond will participate in the global initiative known as Earth Hour. Earth Hour is a World Wildlife Fund campaign that encourages individuals, businesses and governments to turn all non-essential lights off for one hour. Through this symbolic action, participants show leadership and make a commitment to ongoing change that reduces their impact on the environment.

The City of Richmond is participating in Earth Hour by turning off all non-essential lights at 22 City facilities to include:

            • John Marshall Courthouse                     • Manchester Courthouse
            • Juvenile Courts Building                         • Juvenile Detention Center
            • DPW Fleet Garage (Hopkins Rd.)          • Parker Field Warehouse
            • Parker Field Auto Shop                            • Marshall Street Plaza
            • Police Training Academy                        • Southside Community Services Center
            • Emergency Operations Center               • Main Library & all Branches
            • DPU Jefferson Davis Operations           • Public Safety Building
              Center (Engineering & Administrative     (Except Lock-up & Evidence)
              Offices only)

The City will also be instructing employees in other City buildings to turn off all task lighting, computers, printers, copiers, etc. to further illustrate the administration’s dedication to reducing the City’s carbon footprint as well as being a better steward of city tax dollars through efficiency and sustainability.

“My administration has been steadfast in the desire to make Richmond a more sustainable city,” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “We have worked internally to make our infrastructure more efficient, we are building to LEED Silver certification standards and we are working with the community on projects such as community gardens. The City’s participation in Earth Hour is an exciting extension of our efforts and I encourage our residents and business community to join us in this endeavor.”

The City of Richmond is also a proud participant in the Earth Hour City Challenge. The Challenge invites cities to submit their innovative actions towards creating a greener, cleaner and more sustainable city via an internationally recognized carbon reporting platform.

Since 2010, the City has saved over $1.9 million as a result of its energy efficiency and sustainability efforts. The savings will continue into the future averaging $640,000 per year in annualized savings. These efforts include replacing the City’s garbage truck fleet with new Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles, lighting and equipment upgrades in City facilities including libraries and fire stations, and converting signalized intersections in the city to LED lights which are safer, last longer and cost less to maintain than incandescent lights.

In addition to the previous initiatives, the City is also in the process of upgrading lighting controls at City Hall to enable non-essential lights to be turned off in the building after business hours and on weekends. The lighting controls will be installed in offices and the common areas on each floor. These upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2013 and will greatly add to the City of Richmond’s growing portfolio of sustainable infrastructure.

As the City participates in Earth Hour and continues to pursue increased sustainability, it also encourages residents and businesses to find ways they can become more sustainable. Here are just some ways residents and businesses can start saving money and reducing their environmental impact:

  • Turn thermostats down in the winter and up in the summer
  • Install more efficient heating and A/C units
  • Install energy saving lights and devices and turn off non-essential lights during the day
  • Replace windows with high efficiency windows
  • Caulk & weather-strip your home or business
  • Upgrade insulation
  • Change washer temperature settings from hot or warm to cold
  • Carpool to work
  • Buy an alternate fuel vehicle or a fuel efficient vehicle (getting 30+ mpg) or get frequent tune-ups and air filter changes on your current vehicle
  • Recycle 
  • Install rain barrels and rainwater harvesting tanks to water gardens and lawns
For more information on Earth Hour go to

For more information on the City of Richmond’s participation in the Earth Hour City Challenge go to

To learn more about Richmond’s RVAgreen: A Roadmap to Sustainability plan go to

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

City Recognized as a 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program recently announced the City of Richmond as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change. The City received Laureate recognition in the Safety and Security category for the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol program.

“Technology continues to play a pivotal role in transforming how business and society functions. For the past 25 years the Computerworld Honors Program has had the privilege of celebrating innovative IT achievements,” said John Amato, vice president & publisher, Computerworld. “Computerworld is honored to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of the 2013 class of Laureates and to share their work. These projects demonstrate how IT can advance organizations' ability to compete, innovate, communicate and prosper.”

“Receiving Computerworld’s Honors Laureate acknowledges the outstanding achievement and advancement of our City’s Department of Information Technology and 9-1-1 staff in providing excellent service to Richmond’s residents.” said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “The benefits of the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol program are tremendous as it reduces 9-1-1 processing times, reduces response times by first responders, and provides an extremely accurate data exchange between the alarm monitoring companies and 9-1-1 public safety answering points.”

The Computerworld Honors Program awards will be presented at the Gala Evening and Awards Ceremony on June 3, 2013 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

About The Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies, as well as oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website <> .

About Computerworld
Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers, providing peer perspective, IT leadership and business results. Computerworld’s award-winning website (, bi-weekly publication, focused conference series, custom solutions and custom research forms the hub of the world’s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network and provides opportunities for IT solutions providers to engage this audience. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 3.5 million unique, monthly visitors (Omniture, August 2012) and was recognized as the Best Website by ASBPE and TABPI in 2012. Computerworld is published by IDG Enterprise, a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading media, events and research company. Company information is available at

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