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.
Fairfax County works 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 also created a private sector energy task force to define steps our community can take to position ourselves as a leader in areas of energy efficiency, sustainability and green technology. Redevelopment in Fairfax County offers important opportunities for energy creativity and collaboration that we must explore. Additionally, technology continues to emerge that will help our residents and corporate neighbors save money and natural resources as we heat and cool our homes and offices.
Chairman Bulova chaired the Greater Washington 2050 Initiative, a partnership between local elected officials, the Metropolitan Council of Governments, civic leaders, and business and environmental stakeholders working to promote 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 policies.
More information can be found in Chairman Bulova's newsletter articles on energy and environement: