Virginia Beach Green

​​​​​"Like many cities, Virginia Beach has set a goal to become a sustainable city...To achieve this vision, we need real ideas, real steps, and real solutions..." ~ Mayor William D. Sessoms' Vision Statement

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Virginia Beach is proud to be taking the initiative to create a new place on the web where residents, businesses, visitors, and others interested in Virginia Beach's green initiatives can find a home with links to all that the City is doing in various green-related areas, including environmental initiatives, energy efforts, green business development and promotion, healthy practices for individuals and families for a greener lifestyle, and sustainability goals​ for the City.





The traditional definition of sustainability calls for policies and strategies that meet society’s present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

Sustainability allows the City of Virginia Beach to respond to changes we cannot control, acknowledge limited resources and rising costs; maximize community assets(economical, cultural, historical, educational, natural); promote longevity of environmental quality and resources; as well as, develop and adapt systems(agriculture, tourism, environmental, military, transportation) to be usefully productive indefinitely and responsive to change.


The City is now in a unique position and time to link sustainability to its future. Moreover, focused and effective City leadership and public relations are necessary to forge strong partnerships between the City government and the business, civic and environmental communities in Virginia Beach. Sustainability involves a more holistic balancing and combining of three equally important goals, or  the so- called " triple bottom line" - economic vitality, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.

Environmental Stewardship

Sustainable practices mean working with natural systems in a way that supports human activities while allowing the natural systems to serve future generations.

Social Responsibility

Sustainable practices mean that we consider the needs of all our communities in our actions and ensure that overall we are having a positive impact on our communities.

Economic Vitality

Creating a vibrant economy through the creation of wealth, prosperity, and jobs.  Balancing short term economic gains with the other two goals creates a long term vibrant economy, thus ensuring prosperity and profit for our city, businesses, and our people.


We believe that all three factors must be integrated and be in relative harmony to create and sustain a community which is resilient, viable, healthy now and in the future.

 Why Sustainability in Virginia Beach?​

  • Multiple renewable energy resource opportunities e.g., wind, biodiesel
  • Unique, strategically critical geographic location
  • Strong military and maritime industry in region
  • Favorable climate
  • Unique natural and historic resources
  • Strong agricultural base
  • Naturally attractive location and connectedness to the natural environment
  • Established and expanding tourism destination
  • Strong educational base with tremendous further potential

 What is the Sustainability Plan?

Virginia Beach is embarking on an exciting process to imagine what the City will be like in the year 2063 – when Virginia Beach celebrates its 100th anniversary as a City.  This vision of the future will be translated into a Sustainability Plan.

The Path to Energy Efficiency

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