Volume 24, Number 11 November 16, 2016

Environmental and Cultural Resource Performance Metrics Available at Virginia Performs Website

The Council on Virginia’s Future recently updated the Environmental Indicators section of the Virginia Performs website, a public platform for sharing a variety of indicators that measure the Commonwealth’s performance relative to economy, education, health and family, public safety, natural resources, transportation, and government & citizens. The site also provides background information and data along with the steps Virginia is taking to achieve each goal. The website provides detailed information as well as a snapshot of Virginia’s progress.

The metrics for Virginia’s environment include:

  • Water quality: wetlands, water supply, impaired waters, Chesapeake Bay pollution and restoration, and marine trash
  • Historic resources: historic landmarks, rehabilitation projects, and preservation easements
  • Air quality: particulates, smog/ozone, criteria emissions (including volatile organic compounds, sulfur dioxide, nitric oxide, and lead), and mercury
  • Energy: consumption, clean and renewable sources, and electricity prices
  • Land preservation: preservation and land lost
  • Solid waste and recycling: waste stream, recycling rates

To learn more, visit the Virginia Performs website at http://vaperforms.virginia.gov/index.php.

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