EQAC - Student Member Information


Each year, the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) solicits applications from high school students who are interested in becoming EQAC's student member. The application process occurs each spring and is open to all interested high school sophomores and juniors who are in good standing. Eligible public school, parochial or private school, and homeschooled students are encouraged to apply. The process for selecting a student for the July, 2014 – June, 2015 term is under way--the application deadline was April 25, 2014, and a new student member will be appointed in June.  The seletion process for the July, 2015 - June 2016 term will begin in early 2015, and additional information, as well as application forms, will be available at that time.

EQAC is comprised of one representative from each magisterial district, four at large members, and one student representative. Each member is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve a three year term, except the student member, who serves during his or her junior or senior year of high school.

EQAC's chief function is to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for improving the county's efforts in environmental protection and enhancement. During monthly meetings, issues such as hazardous materials, water quality, air quality, land use, noise, solid waste, ecological resources, deer management, visual pollution, light pollution and climate change as it relates to county actions are investigated. In addition, EQAC holds a public hearing each year for the purpose of obtaining citizen input on issues of environmental concern.

The Annual Report on the Environment, which is prepared by EQAC, provides information on the status of various environmental resources and issues and is designed to aid the board in setting its environmental agenda and priorities. The Annual Report is prepared by EQAC with contributions from many different organizations and government agencies. Copies of EQAC's recent Annual Reports are available on this website.

The council generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m.

Two past EQAC student members, Talia Schmitt and  Kevin Sun, have prepared testimonials regarding their service on EQAC, as has Hana Burkly, the current student member.

If you have questions about EQAC, contact Noel Kaplan of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1369, TTY 711 (Virginia Relay) or send an e-mail message.


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