2015 Environmental Excellence Awardees
Each year, the Fairfax County Environmental Excellence Awards recognize county individuals and groups that dedicate time and energy to benefit the environment and support county environmental goals and initiatives. Award recipients are selected by the Environmental Quality Advisory Council.
The 2015 awards were presented at the Oct. 6, Board of Supervisors meeting.
The nomination period for the 2016 awards will begin in early 2016, and additional information, including nomination instructions, will be available at that time.
This summary highlights some of the contributions and accomplishments for which this year's awardees are being recognized. For full details, contact the Environmental Coordinator by email or at 703-324-1788, TTY 711.
Duane DeBruyne is recognized for his dedication and initiative in support of volunteer cleanup efforts in the Occoquan Reservoir. For many years, he has assisted Friends of the Occoquan with its biannual cleanup events, and he has greatly enhanced these events through his enlistment of the Lake Braddock Secondary School’s Crew. He has personally collected trash using his own motor boat, including his efforts to remove a refrigerator and abandoned motor vehicle. Mr. DeBrunye is cited as a “big contributor to the 60 tons of trash pulled from the river.”
Stephen Robinson serves as the Grounds Committee Chair of the Spring Hill Community Association. He supports environmentally-sensitive maintenance practices, including tree and lawn care and a snow-removal program that minimizes the use of chemicals. His other initiatives have included managing the annual spring cleanup event, supporting the installation of two advanced weather sensors to reduce irrigation needs by an estimated 25-30 percent, and leadership to obtain grant funds to build a 1,200 square foot rain garden.
Friends of Accotink Creek is a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to restoring, promoting and protecting the water quality, natural habitat and ecological well-being of this watershed. The organization is recognized for an impressive range of efforts, including twice-yearly cleanups at key points along a 15-mile range of the creek; implementing a freshwater mussel rescue program; partnering with county agencies, Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, and private sector entities on stream restoration projects; and rescuing plants in conjunction with a stream restoration project construction site.
McLean Trees Foundation was founded in 1970 as a semi-autonomous working committee of the McLean Citizens Association before incorporating in 2004 as a tax-exempt, non-profit organization. The organization is recognized for its efforts in support of the maintenance, restoration and enhancement of McLean’s urban forest, both on public and private property, including planting of thousands of trees and shrubs in parks, on school grounds, at government sites, in commercial corridors, in residential areas, on traffic islands and along sidewalk rights-of-way; community outreach and volunteer efforts supporting tree maintenance/care; and creating the McLean Neighborhood Tree Program through which trees are planted in front yards of residences.