Governor McAuliffe signs Legislation Preserving Historic Black Cemeteries
Governor McAuliffe today signed HB 1547 to provide for the maintenance of 6,975 historic African American graves, monuments, and markers at the East End Cemetery and Evergreen Cemetery.
Governor McAuliffe Takes Executive Action to Reduce Carbon Emissions Across Virginia
Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Directive 11, which instructs the Department of Environmental Quality to begin the process of establishing regulations in Virginia that will reduce carbon emissions from power plants.
Governor McAuliffe visits 37th Virginia State Park
Governor McAuliffe today completed his 37th state park visit, becoming the first sitting governor to tour Virginia’s complete system. His trips to Staunton River, Staunton River Battlefield, and Occoneechee successfully fulfilled the governor’s
Governor McAuliffe Announces Secretary Molly Ward and Deputy Secretary Russ Baxter Receive Environmental Achievement Awards for State Public Service
Governor McAuliffe today announced that two administration officials have received the National Environmental Achievement Award for State Public Service. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies selected Secretary of Natural Resources Molly
Governor McAuliffe Announces Updates to Virginia Flood Risk Information System
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced updates to the Virginia Flood Risk Information System (VFRIS), an online tool for Virginians to view and assess their flood risk and to help communities plan for resiliency.
Governor McAuliffe Announces $700,000 in Remediation Grants to Support Restoration of Brownfield Sites
The VBAF was established to provide either grants or loans to local governments to promote the restoration and redevelopment of brownfield sites and to address environmental problems or obstacles to reuse in an effort to effectively market for new
Governor McAuliffe Announces Grant to Restore Richmond’s Historic Third Street Bethel AME Church
Governor McAuliffe today announced a more than $400,000 grant from the National Park Service to restore the historic Third Street Bethel AME Church in Richmond. The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will partner with church trustees to
Governor McAuliffe Announces Record Attendance for Virginia State Parks in 2016
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia State Parks attendance in 2016 hit a record-high 10,022,698 visitors, which was a 12 percent increase over 2015.
Governor McAuliffe Announces New Solar Project in Sussex County
Governor McAuliffe today announced the permit for a new solar facility to be built in Sussex County. The project, under development by Sappony Solar, will use traditional photovoltaic solar modules to produce 20 megawatts (MW) of renewably generated
Governor McAuliffe Announces $500,000 in Farmland Preservation Grants
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the fiscal year 2017 farmland preservation grant recipients. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ (VDACS) Office of Farmland Preservation has awarded a total of $500,000 to six
Governor McAuliffe Announces 40MW of New Solar Capacity in Virginia
Governor McAuliffe today announced the recent issuance of permits for two new solar projects to be built in Virginia. The first, a 20 megawatt (MW) facility under development by Coronal Development Services, will sit on approximately 275 acres in
Governor McAuliffe Announces Virginia Reaches Goal to Protect 1,000 Natural and Historic Treasures
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that the Commonwealth has reached its goal protecting 1,000 Virginia Treasures for the enjoyment of generations of Virginians and visitors to come. The milestone comes fewer than 18 months after the
Joint Press Release: Governor McAuliffe and Partners Announce the Largest Natural Resources Settlement in Virginia History
Today Governor Terry McAuliffe joined with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward and representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to announce that
Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his Administration today.
Governor McAuliffe Celebrates National Park Service Purchase of Werowocomoco
Governor McAuliffe today celebrated the National Park Service’s acquisition of Werowocomoco, the former capital of the Powhatan Chiefdom and the presumed site of Captain John Smith’s first meeting with the leader Powhatan and his daughter,
Governor McAuliffe Announces November as Virginia Oyster Month
Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced November is Virginia Oyster Month in the Commonwealth. The month of November is an excellent opportunity for visitors and Virginians to experience fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters from Virginia's
Governor McAuliffe Announces Chesapeake Bay Data Added to Virginia’s Open Data Portal
Governor McAuliffe today announced decades of Chesapeake Bay-related data will be added to the Commonwealth’s Open Data Portal (, while speaking at the Commonwealth Data Analytics and Humanities Summit at William & Mary.
Governor McAuliffe Unanimously Re-Elected as Chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council
Governor Terry McAuliffe was re-elected today to serve another year as Chairman of the Chesapeake Executive Council.
Governor McAuliffe Announces Utility-Scale Solar Project in Clarke County
Governor McAuliffe announced today a permit for a new solar facility to be built in Clarke County. The Clarke Solar Farm, under development by Hecate Energy, will house 20 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity, enough to power to several thousand
Governor McAuliffe Dedicates Natural Bridge as Virginia State Park
Governor Terry McAuliffe today officially opened Natural Bridge State Park in Rockbridge County. Conveniently located 45 minutes from Lynchburg and Roanoke, the Commonwealth’s 37th state park is notable for its unique geology and range of