Robert McLaren Selected as Fowler Award Recipient


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Jan. 8, 2007

Robert D. McLaren Selected as Inaugural Lawrence V. Fowler Award Recipient

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors presented the inaugural Lawrence V. Fowler Award to Robert D. McLaren at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 8.  The award recognizes distinguished service of a longstanding member of a Fairfax County Board, Authority, Commission or Committee (BAC) whose exceptional service contributed to the overall quality of life in the community. Fowler assisted in the presentation of the award.

Fowler Award

Chosen from a number of nominations of distinguished members of BACs who are committed to public service, McLaren has been a member of the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) for 18 years and he served as chairman for eight years. His service to the county has been the definition of “distinguished service” for which the county’s Board of Supervisors, staff, residents and natural resources have been the beneficiaries.

McLaren’s nomination cited numerous examples of his qualifications. As a member and chairman of EQAC, he has been a strong advocate for improved natural resource planning, stream protection, watershed management planning, solid waste management and sensitive stormwater management efforts.

His efforts have had a strong influence in the implementation and operation of many county environmental efforts, including stream protection policy and programs, the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, the county’s easements program, the Park Authority’s Natural Resource Management Plan program, the watershed management planning program, the establishment of dedicated funding for stormwater management and improved environmental coordination. 

McLaren has authored the Ecological Resources chapter of EQAC’s Annual Report on the Environment for many years and has been the coordinator and chief author of the “Scorecard” section of the report.

McLaren also has been a longtime member of the Lee District Land Use Advisory Committee and has been active in all major land use studies and land use processes in Lee District since the Planning Horizons process. He has served on citizens advisory committees addressing solid waste, stream protection and watershed management efforts.

McLaren has developed tremendous institutional knowledge and has earned the highest levels of trust and respect of members of county staff, the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors and residents of Fairfax County.  He has sat on numerous interview panels for key county positions, including the Fairfax County environmental coordinator and director of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.

This prestigious award was established to honor the accomplishments of Fowler, who served for 41 years on the Consumer Protection Commission and its predecessor. He set the bar for exceptional and long-term volunteer service for Fairfax County government. His actions had a major effect on the quality of life of the community through his work with consumer issues. To be considered for the award, individuals must have served on a county BAC for at least 10 years demonstrating exceptional service contributing to the overall quality of life in the community.

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