2014 Environmental Excellence Awards


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. The award caterories are:  County Resident; Organization; Business; and County Employee.

Award recipients are selected by the Environmental Quality Advisory Council. The 2014 award recipients are listed below, and for a list of past recipients view the awards web page.

County Resident Award

John DeNoyer and Ann Csonka (posthumous) were recognized for leadership and engagement to protect our natural resources and the environment. John DeNoyer served on the Herndon Town Council and chaired the Environmental Quality Advisory Council. Ann Csonka was cited for expertise and passion for teaching others about conservation and ecology.  Of their many contributions, they:

  • Supported enactment of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act.
  • Founded Tree Action in the early 1980s, the predecessor to Friends of Runnymeade Park.
  • Organized the first Sugarland Run and Runnymeade Park Cleanup in 1987, which continues on an annual basis.
  • Organized the recording of 450 plant species in Runnymeade Park, resulting in the park being designated as a Native Plant Registry Site.
  • Participated in the Herndon Environmental Network (recipient of a 2013 Environmental Excellence Award).

Organization Award

The Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center, at George Mason University, directed by Professor R. Christian Jones, was recognized for its use of scientific research, restoration, education and policy analysis in support of county environmental initiatives. This includes:

  • Conducting, since 1984, comprehensive, annual ecological studies of Gunston Cove, documenting the recovery of this tidal water body as a result of strengthened pollution control efforts at the county’s Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant
  • Sharing the above success story broadly with county decision-makers, residents, students and environmental managers regionally and nationally
  • Delivering meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences, including watershed field investigations through the Bay Watershed Education and Training Program, for over 20,000 Fairfax County secondary school students since 2010
  • Training Fairfax County Park Authority naturalists to provide similar educational experiences for county life science students
  • Preparing the county’s community-wide inventory of greenhouse gas emissions
  • Co-authoring George Mason University’s first greenhouse gas inventory and Climate Action Plan
  • Contributing to an energy and greenhouse gas assessment for Reston

Center faculty also participate on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ Climate, Energy and Environmental Policy Committee.

Business Award

Davis, Carter, Scott Ltd  was recognized for itsleadership in sustainable design. The firm has designed over 13 million square feet of office, civic, residential and educational space for certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) program, with over 7,500,000 square feet of space achieving or planned to achieve a rating of LEED Silver or better. It also served on Chairman Bulova’s Private Sector Energy Task Force

Business Award

Guernsey Office Products has been recognized for its proactive leadership in support of the “greening” of the county’s office supply program in a fiscally beneficial manner.  The company took the time and effort to discuss its environmental initiatives with county staff and brainstorm ideas as to how to improve the county’s environmental impact.   Results of the firm’s efforts included:

  • Implementing a custom printer cartridge recycling program that simplified earlier efforts, resulting in a significantly improved cartridge recycling rate and use of remanufactured printer cartridges
  • Piloting of a box reuse program to mitigate the environmental impact of shipping

County Employee Award

Joyce Doughty wasrecognized for the numerous environmental innovations that the county has pursued under her guidance.  She was at the helm of the solid waste management program during the construction and development of the Energy/Resource Recovery Facility that combusts about 3,000 tons per day of waste and which generates about 80,000 megawatts of power. Other initiatives included:

  • Installation of landfill gas collection/recovery at both of the county’s closed landfills for power production.
  • Reuse of landfill gas for processing of wastewater solids—saving approximately $500,000 per year in fuel costs—and for additional facility heating at the I-95 and I-66 landfill complexes.
  • Development of a wastewater reuse project, replacing the use of about 1.3 million gallons of potable water per day with treated wastewater.

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