MacKenzie Bellimam has been appointed the new Environmental Sustainability coordinator for Fredericksburg. She is currently working in Environmental Programs at the Public Works Department. This new position is an important step in fulfilling the City Council’s vision of Fredericksburg having a clean, green environment over the next 15 years.
Ms. Bellimam has a wealth of experience in the environment and environmental management. She has worked in local government, including in stormwater, waste management and community engagement. She also manages sustainability programs. Most recently, she was an environmental specialist at the Rappahannock Regional Landfill.
Ms. Bellimam and City staff will work together over the next 12 months to create an environmental sustainability program for our community. This plan will examine ways to improve energy efficiency and green infrastructure, as well as grow the urban forest within the City, just to name a few of many issues that will be addressed. She will also be responsible to seek grants to help green initiatives. She will also be working with City Schools to develop a joint program for energy savings and evaluation.
Our new Sustainability Coordinator’s mission is to work with community partners and citizens to create a clean, attractive area for people to live in, to conserve our natural resources and to develop sustainable options for our future. Diane Beyer is Director of Public Works.
The Citys Act was adopted by the City Council in 2016. Vision and Desired Future StatesThey declared Fredericksburg to be a responsible, modern city that values environmental stewardship. We are situated on the Rappahannock River and must consider the environmental impacts of every decision we make. This vision was realized in 2019 when the City Council adopted the 100% Renewable Energy Resolution, and the commitment to the goal to power municipal operations with 100% renewable electricity by 2035 or earlier. Fredericksburg and its community have shown leadership in climate and environmental issues through the activities and programs offered by the Clean and Green Commission. This new dedicated position will allow the City to further advance our collective efforts.
Ms. Bellimam is a welcome addition to the City’s team. For more information, please visit www.fredericksburgva.govCall the Public Works office at (540) 372-1023.