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Public Works Environmental Management Systems (EMS)
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On July 12, 2007, the Staunton City Council adopted an environmental policy for all city operations. The policy outlines the city's commitment to improving environmental quality, stressing compliance with environmental requirements, pollution prevention, training, communication and continuous improvement

The Staunton Public Works Department has long been a leader in environmental efforts and takes pride in helping to preserve and steward the environment.

After completing a rigorous program at Virginia Tech’s Center for Organizational and Technological Advancement (COTA) on Environmental Management Systems (EMS), Public Works Equipment Maintenance and Water Treatment Plant Divisions completely restructured their EMS programs to align with ISO14001.

The Public Works' Equipment Maintenance Shop and Water Treatment Plant have been promoted from E2 (Environmental Excellence) to E3 (Exemplary Environmental Enterprise) for their EMS programs by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. Virginia DEQ awards recipients for their environmental efforts through the DEQ’s Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) . Both activities have been designated E2 status since July 05.

 Public Works Street, Utilities, Traffic Engineering, Refuse and Facilities Divisions have been accepted into VEEP through the Environmental Enterprise (E2) program. 


Water Treatment Plant

Equipment Maintenance



Traffic Engineering

Refuse & Recycling

Facilities Maintenance

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

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Public Works Facts

Did you know? The city has......

  • 21 square miles.
  • 285 moving lane miles of streets.
  • 134 linear miles of streets.
  • 18 highway bridges.
  • 145 miles of sewer line
  • 153 miles of water line
  • 47 traffic signalized intersections
  • more than 680 acres of right-of-way.
  • more than 50 miles of storm drain.
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