Roanoke, VA

Roanoke, VA

Roanoke, the largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia west of Richmond, is located at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley. With a population of 97,000, Roanoke serves as the principal trade, industrial, transportation, medical and cultural center of western Virginia.


50% GHG reduction in 10 years from a 2019 baseline
25% reduction in Energy Intensity


Better Climate Challenge   Better Buildings Challenge   Better Communities Alliance

The City of Roanoke has received two Platinum Awards for sustainability from the Virginia Municipal League for successfully implementing environmental policies and taking practical actions to reduce carbon emissions. Roanoke also had a first-place finish for the “Outstanding Municipal Recycling Performance” sponsored by the Virginia Recycling Association. Additionally, Roanoke’s Citizens for Clean & Green Committee sponsored three separate sessions of the City of Roanoke Green Academy, a 15-hour overview of energy conservation, weatherization, renewable energy, stormwater, wastewater, local foods and local government initiatives offered to the community.

To achieve their goal, the city focused on updating/retrofitting HVAC systems and lighting.  Other projects included: lighting upgrades in fire stations, libraries and recreation centers; installing direct digital controls in numerous buildings; installing plate exchangers to obtain cooling without electric-powered mechanical chillers; designing and installing a solar panel array to recharge batteries thus reducing the total number of alkaline batteries used; and installing a magnetic chiller and new lighting at The Berglund Center. Additionally, Roanoke has begun a program titled Energy Reduction Initiative for Businesses which encourages businesses to track and reduce their energy consumption.

Climate Challenge Commitment
1 MillionSquare Feet
Buildings Challenge Commitment
1.16 MillionSquare Feet
GHG Emissions Goals
50%Reduction in Scope 1 & 2 Emissions
Energy Goals
20%Reduction in Energy Intensity
Goal Achieved38%Cumulative (vs. Baseline)