2005 Environmental Excellence Award

Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 711, FAX 703-324-2010

Nov. 22, 2005

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
Presents 2005 Environmental Excellence Award

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors presented a 2005 Environmental Excellence Award yesterday to Janet Rahman, an employee with the Fairfax County Park Authority.

Rahman received the award in the county employee category because of her extraordinary personal commitment, dedication and inspiration in the promotion of waste reduction, reuse and recycling. Among numerous other efforts, Rahman promotes the purchase of recycled office supplies, takes office waste on her own time to recycling centers and supports the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children program by having a can crusher installed at the Park Authority offices. Her actions include initiatives within the Fairfax County Park Authority, as well as broader efforts through the Employee Recycling Committee. These actions have changed the mind-set of many employees to further support waste reduction, reuse and recycling goals.

Rahman is a 20-year employee with the authority and she works for the chief financial officer as an administrative assistant.

The Environmental Excellence Awards are designed to recognize efforts that promote the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ environmental goals. These goals, which were 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 Board of Supervisors’ 20-year Environmental Vision Statement, the Fairfax County Park Authority Policy Manual and other documents contain policy statements to guide county agencies, decision makers and residents.

These statements underscore the county’s commitment to environmentally sensitive, pedestrian friendly, transit-oriented development; telework; transit use; air quality improvement; waste reduction and recycling; improvement of water quality through effective treatment and monitoring of wastewater and control-of-point and non-point source pollution; watershed protection and enhancement; parkland acquisition; wildlife and natural resource management; control of visual pollution; protection of residents from environmental hazards such as radon gas, asbestos fibers, hazardous materials, noise pollution and unstable soils; and environmental stewardship.

Award winners are selected based on their advancement or support of the board and county’s environmental goals and policy statements, their dedication of personal time and expertise beyond normal fiscal or civic responsibilities, and their leadership as a role model for others.

The awards program is administered by the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council and supported by the county’s environmental coordinator, the Department of Planning and Zoning and the Fairfax County Environmental Coordinating Committee.

For more information about this year’s award winner or the Environmental Excellence Awards, call Kambiz Agazi, environmental coordinator, at 703-324-1788, TTY 711. Previous year’s award winners are listed online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/eqac/awards.htm

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