Energy and Environment
"As a county, we need to continue to preserve our environment and explore opportunities for energy efficiency." -Sharon Bulova
Fairfax County is a regional leader in energy efficiency. As Chairman, Sharon Bulova is leading the Board of Supervisors to make Fairfax County more sustainable, more energy efficient and more transit-accessible through smart growth policies. Fairfax County must work with its neighbors in the Metro region to promote responsible environmental stewardship, smart transportation planning and development regulation.
To that end, Fairfax County is working with Arlington and Loudoun Counties and through the Northern Virginia Regional Commission to ensure smart growth policies are enacted. By encouraging synergy in the way the region is developed, we have the opportunity to create a strong green job sector, reduce energy costs for property owners and promote prosperity in the region.
Chairman Bulova has also created a private sector energy task force. The group’s purpose was to define the steps our community can take to position ourselves as a leader in the areas of energy efficiency, sustainability and “green” technology. Redevelopment in Fairfax County will offer important opportunities for energy creativity and collaboration that we must explore. Additionally, technology is emerging that will help our residents and corporate neighbors save money and precious natural resources as we heat and cool our homes and offices and operate machinery and tools.
Chairman Bulova chairs the Greater Washington 2050 Initiative, a partnership between local elected officials, the Metropolitan Council of Governments, civic leaders, and business and environmental stakeholders whose goal is promoting smart growth development policies throughout the region. Together they created the Greater Washington 2050 Compact, a policy guidance tool which sets quantitative goals that cut across many areas including air and water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and building construction standards. The targets set by the Compact emphasize these objectives in tandem with the expansion of transportation options and the coordination of land use policy with transportation and environmental goals.