Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government


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July 15, 2003

 

Story Ideas in Fairfax County Government

The Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs provides a summary of news briefs designed to inform the media about great story ideas in Fairfax County government. The following information gives the background on newsworthy stories as well as contact information. For additional questions on the Future Features service, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935.

Environmentally Sound Transportation
The Fairfax County Department of Vehicle Services has purchased 27 Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (gas/electric hybrid autos) for use in county business. The fleet is expected to emit 6,000 pounds less pollution over their lifetime than similarly sized gas-powered cars. In doing so, the county expands its air quality efforts into a new technology area while being environmentally friendly and reducing emissions. Each vehicle recharges its own batteries through regenerative braking or with the on-board generator so there is nothing to plug in. The cars use a combination of an electric powered motor and gasoline engine that uses regular gasoline. Mileage is 45 mpg on the highway and 52 mpg in town – a reversal in what is the norm since the gasoline engine shuts off when the car comes to a stop and can be powered by the electric motor when going up to 15 mph. Brian Waymire of DVS states that, “These vehicles operate like other cars and performance is comparable to other small, 4-cylinder automobiles.” In addition, there is the added advantage of no HOV restrictions with only one driver. DVS expects to purchase more hybrid vehicles as current fleet vehicles reach retirement. For more information, call Brian Waymire, Department of Vehicle Services, 703-324-3548, TTY 711.

Award Winning Program for County Youth
The goal of the Fairfax County Youth Leadership Program is to help high school students gain an understanding and appreciation of how local government impacts their everyday lives. Each year students are selected from the 24 county public high schools based on standard measurements of high school success and their interest in matters of government. Seminars, workshops and presentations by county staff are joined with interactive lessons and debates, cooperative learning experiences and visits to county facilities. The National Association of Counties recognized the program with a 2003 Achievement Award for being an innovative program that contributes to and enhances county government in the United States. Students participating this year include Emily Hueber, West Potomac High School; Grace Milad and Rana Movahed, Westfield High School; Nada Shawish, Madison High School; Jenny Keener, McLean High School; Stefanie Lynch, Jeb Stuart High School; Tara McCluskey, West Springfield High School; Laura Fresco and Saba Shahid, Robinson Secondary High School; Brittany Vera, Lake Braddock High School; Megan Walker, Herndon High School; Thomas Egeland Jr., Hayfield High School; Marianne Brigola, Falls Church High School; Kristen Wasilko and Deborah Goodnight, Langley High School; Michael Hagos, Robert E. Lee High School; Mary Leigh Nugent and Joyce Meng, Thomas Jefferson High School; David Chang, South Lakes High School; Ryhan Futuri, Edison High School; Pat McCafferty, Centreville High School; Rebecca Schwartz, Fairfax High School; Diana Nguyen, Annandale High School; Andrew Kirshak, Chantilly High School; Justin Forsyth, Oakton High School; Malcolm Jones, Marshall High School; Mindy Peng, Woodson High School; and Muhammad Haider, Mt. Vernon High School. For more information, call Martha Reed, Department of Management and Budget, 703-324-4062, TTY 711.

 

 

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