What We Do

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Environment and Sustainability Office promotes responsible environmental stewardship of the City's natural resources.
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We achieve this mission by developing and supporting environmental projects and programs, and by publicizing and promoting a comprehensive schedule of information and training opportunities to the City employees and the community.

 Short Term Work Program and Projects


  • Complete revisions to City Procurement Policy – December, 2012
  • Develop a new Virginia Beach Green website - end of 2013
  • Complete strategic planning process for the new Environment and Sustainability Office
  • Complete the new Integrated Site Design Guide - January, 2013
  • Address sea level rise issues
  • Complete the Beach Vitex eradication work - end of 2013
  • Helps to market Virginia Beach as a green community to attract tourism and sustainable economic development.
  • Complete final draft Sustainability Plan​ for presentation to Council and adoption - February, 2013.​

 Code Enforcement

​The Environment and Sustainability Office is also overseeing the interpretation and enforcement of the following parts of the City Code:

  • ​Appendix A, Article 14 - Wetlands Ordinance and Article 16 - Coastal Primary Sand Dune Ordinance
  • Appendix F - Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area Ordinance
  • Appendix G - Southern Watershed Management 
  • Chapter 6, Article VI - Permit to Construct, Alter or Repair Landings, Docks and Similar Structures
  • Chapter 6, Article VII - Permit for Dredging, Filling, etc. in Waters, Marshlands and Lowlands.​​​

 Ongoing Work Program

Environment and Sustainability Office provides support to six boards and teams.

The integration of sustainability requires collective and interactive activities and the leveraging of best practices and resources from like-organizations​.  Therefore, perpetual cooperation between the following watershed-restoration projects and organizations is a must: