Environmental Issues

Fairfax County Sustainability Initiatives was presented to the Board of Supervisors at its Environmental Committee meeting this morning. Supervisor Gross who Chairs the committee had this to say about the document:

“For too long, Fairfax County has not received the credit it deserves in environmental and energy sustainability and leadership. One reason may be the fact that while the county commits a substantial amount of resources each year and has done a great job in the planning and execution of its efforts, we have not always taken the time to carefully document our success. For this reason, I’m pleased to present the county’s first publication of Fairfax County Sustainability Initiatives (FCSI). This document is intended for an audience interested in learning about what Fairfax County and its partners are doing in support of the Energy and Environmental goals and policies of the Board of Supervisors. It showcases what the county is doing to promote sustainability and protect the environment in a single go-to document, which is a first of its kind.”

The Sustainability Initiatives report is now online.

It’s also featured on the main Environment & Energy landing page.

For more information:
Kambiz Agazi, Ph.D., P.E.
Environmental Coordinator
Fairfax County Government, Virginia
Office of the County Executive
(703) 324-1788 phone
kambiz.agazi@fairfaxcounty.gov

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has voted down the proposed ESI plan to continue operation of the Lorton landfill and to build an energy park on its site. We view this as a missed opportunity for maintaining a huge energy asset and one that had environmental applications as well. This decision will drive the cost of construction debris up and will adversely affect (re)development in the county for years to come.

Governor McAuliffe joined Governors from Mid-Atlantic and Gulf states last week to urge Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to finalize rules to allow expanded offshore oil and gas drilling. Expanded drilling could draw millions of dollars in new tax revenue to the Commonwealth and bring jobs to coastal communities.

Last Friday, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) published a final environmental review of geological and geophysical (G&G) survey activities off the Mid- and South Atlantic coast. This is a key step forward for offshore energy exploration. 
 
Blueprint Virginia endorses an "all of the above" energy strategy that supports economic development and job growth while meeting the growing needs of our population and business community. We will continue to monitor the progress of expanded offshore oil and gas drilling.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce (DRCC) supports energy independence through every means available that does not do meaningful damage to the environment.  DRCC supports programs that meet the energy needs of current and future citizens. As such, we encourage the development of new energy sources and expansion of electricity generation and transmission.  Renewable energy, as well as increased energy conservation and efficiency, also should be included in the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio. In addition, we seek policies that support technology neutrality.

DRCC supports initiatives that can reduce energy use while contributing to the environmental goals outlined in the Virginia Energy Plan.  Such initiatives include development of new energy sources, alternative energy, green buildings, transit-oriented development, and an increase in energy-related research and development.  We also support “green” initiatives throughout our region through use of incentives and market-driven policies that promote voluntary compliance.

DRCC also supports policies that provide appropriate incentives – including, but not limited, to tax credits, development densities, fast track permitting approval and other measures that are competitive with those offered in surrounding jurisdictions – specifically for businesses that invest in environmentally sustainable building designs and systems.

The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes that reliable and affordable energy supply must keep pace with Northern Virginia’s growing population and economy. In order to meet the energy needs of current and future citizens, the Chamber encourages the development of new energy sources and expansion of electricity generation and transmission. Renewable energy, as well as increased energy conservation and efficiency, also should be included in the Commonwealth’s energy portfolio. We also seek a policy tht supports technology neutrality.

The Chamber supports initiatives that can reduce energy use while contributing to environmental goals outlined in the Virginia Energy Plan. Such initiatives include new energy sources, alternative energy, green buildings and transit-oriented development. Statewide policies can serve as cost-effective incentives for their implementation.

At the local level, the Chamber supports the goal of making Fairfax and Loudoun among the top green counties nationwide. The Chamber strongly supports the development of a long-term, region-wide energy plan which focuses on energy generation, transmission and conservation. The Chamber also supports “green” initiatives throughout the Region that are based on incentives and voluntary compliance.