2014 Environmental Excellence Awards Nomination Form and Criteria


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. For a list of recipients from past years, view the awards web page.

Nominations for the 2014 awards are due by May 31. Nominations must be be postmarked by May 31, but hand-delivered nominations may be submitted by June 2.

Examples of successful nominations may be found below. For more information about the awards or completing the form, contact the Environmental Coordinator at 703-324-1788, TTY 711, or by email.

Nomination Criteria

  • The nominee clearly contributed to the advancement and support of County environmental goals by devoting time, effort, or expertise beyond normal work / civic responsibilities and expectations.
  • The nominee served as a model for individuals and communities to follow.
  • The achievement must have occurred during the period of eligibility or over a period of years including a portion of the eligibility period.  It may be for a specific service, accomplishment or for an accumulation of accomplishments. 
  • The nominee clearly contributed to the advancement and support of County environmental goals by devoting time, effort, or expertise beyond normal work / civic responsibilities and expectations.
  • The nominee served as a model for individuals and communities to follow.
  • The achievement must have occurred during the period of eligibility or over a period of years including a portion of the eligibility period.  It may be for a specific service, accomplishment or for an accumulation of accomplishments. 

Submission Requirements

  • The nominator must notify the nominee(s) of their nomination.
  • Separate nomination forms must be used for each nomination.  Forms may be copied.
  • You can submit more than one nomination and can submit nominations in as many categories as you’d like.
  • Include a statement of up to two pages in length describing the contribution, with details of the nominee’s role and the extent to which the contribution has benefited Fairfax County.
  • Include supporting evidence that shows the worth of the contribution in terms of results achieved or the potential for future results and how the contribution was extraordinary or unusual.  This evidence need not be extensive or complicated—a simple discussion would suffice.
  • Optional: include up to three supportive exhibits, such as testimonials, news articles, photographs, resumes and biographical documents.  The exhibits must be reproducible. See the past awardees for examples of successful nominations.

Nomination Examples

Nominations are accepted in four categories, and these 2013 award winners offer examples of successful nominations:

  • County Resident, Alan Ford

This volunteer, who plays a leadership role with several organizations, has volunteered rescuing propagating native plants, managed non-native invasive plant and worked to monitor and improve water quality.

  • Organization, Herndon Environmental Network

The group conducted invasive plant removal along a stream; distributed educational materials at local festivals and farmers markets; participated in a trail cleanup; and organized a recycling competition between two neighborhoods.

  • Business, Burgundy Farm Country Day School 

As part of its master plan, the school made environmental improvements including reducing erosion on a long hillside, adding a cistern to reduce stormwater runoff and expanding native plantings around a pond.

  • Business, Potomac Vegetable Farms 

This farm uses environmentally-sensitive approaches, including maintain soil rich in organic matter and beneficial microbes, avoiding the  use of commercial synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and using sustainable soil management and crop cultivation methods.

  • County Employee, Sean Duffy

This science teacher transformed the school’s campus into an environmental laboratory, including planting of milkweed on a hillside; planting water-loving plants in an area conveying stormwater runoff; and establishing a purple martin colony and creation of a bluebird trail on campus.



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