Nominations Being Accepted for Fifth Annual Environmental Excellence Awards


Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
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Feb. 24, 2004

Nominations Being Accepted for Fifth Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

Fairfax County is accepting nominations between March 1 and May 31 for the fifth annual Environmental Excellence Awards Program. Citizens, community groups, environmental organizations and local businesses are urged to submit nominations. One or more awards will be given in each of the following categories:

  • Fairfax County residents
  • Fairfax County organizations
  • Fairfax County businesses
  • Fairfax County government employees

The Environmental Awards Program is designed to recognize volunteer efforts that promote the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ environmental goals. These goals, adopted by the board to foster a sustainable and vibrant living environment both now and in the future, are:

  • Environmental protection, which seeks to preserve the county’s natural resources and meet or exceed federal, state and local standards for water quality, air quality and other environmental standards.
  • Open space conservation, which seeks to preserve and protect stream valleys, woodlands and other ecologically valuable areas to protect plant and animal life.
  • Energy conservation, which promotes energy efficiency and energy conservation with the public, commercial, residential and industrial sectors.

In addition to these goals, the county’s Comprehensive Plan, the Fairfax County Park Authority Policy Manual and other documents contain policy statements to guide county agencies, decision makers and citizens. These statements underscore the county’s commitment to waste reduction and recycling; improvement of water quality through effective treatment and monitoring of wastewater and control of point and non-point source pollution; wildlife and natural resource management; control of visual pollution; and protection of citizens from environmental hazards such as radon gas, asbestos fibers, hazardous materials, noise pollution and unstable soils.

The Environmental Excellence Award winners will be selected based on their advancement or support of the county’s environmental goals and policy statements, their dedication of personal time and expertise beyond normal fiscal or civic responsibilities and their role as a model for others to follow. Examples of activities meriting consideration for an award include:

  • Identifying or protecting ecologically valuable habitats.
  • Preserving or improving air quality.
  • Restoring streams or other degraded natural environments.
  • Controlling pollution or mobilizing communities to gather data to measure the impacts of pollution.
  • Cataloguing ecological assets.
  • Achieving regional or global environmental objectives beyond county borders, such as contributing to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.

The awards program is administered by the Environmental Quality Advisory Council supported by the Fairfax County Environmental Coordinator, the Department of Planning and Zoning and the Fairfax County Environmental Coordinating Committee. Winners will be notified by Aug. 31.

Key Dates and Contacts for Award Program

Period of eligibility: June 1, 2003 – May 31, 2004
Nomination period: March 1 – May 31, 2004
To obtain nomination forms:

In person:

Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway, Lobby Desk
Fairfax

Access Fairfax at South County Center
8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 125
Alexandria

On the Fairfax County Web site:

www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news/2004/envaward.pdf

Where to mail nomination forms: Environmental Coordinator
Office of the County Executive
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 552
Fairfax, Virginia 22035

For more information, call the Fairfax County Environmental Coordinator at 703-324-1788, TTY 711.

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