Chairman Connolly to Speak at Global Warming Forum

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June 7, 2007

 Chairman Gerald Connolly to Speak at Global Warming Forum June 13

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly will be one of the featured speakers at “Cooling the Commonwealth: Making Virginia a Leader in Global Warming Solutions.” The town hall interactive forum will be held on Wednesday, June 13, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at George Mason University (GMU), Johnson Center Cinema, 4400 University Drive, Fairfax.

The forum is sponsored by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Sierra Club to help educate the public on how everyone has a role in stabilizing the global climate through more efficient use of energy. Participants will be encouraged to join others in the Northern Virginia community committed to climate change issues to press for making Virginia a leader in finding global warming solutions.

Additional scheduled speakers include: Mike Tidwell – founder and director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and a writer/journalist/filmmaker; Dr. Jagadish Shukla – professor and chair of the GMU Climate Dynamics Program and member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; Al Weed – chairman, Public Policy Virginia and co-founder of the Virginia Wineries Association.

Fairfax County has partnered with a select group of counties across the United States and the Sierra Club in a “Cool Counties” initiative to create a template for local governments to begin reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in favor of more environmentally friendly practices. Connolly also is a member of the Climate Change Steering Committee at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

The Board of Supervisors’ environmental agenda, “Environmental Excellence for Fairfax County — A 20-Year Vision,” was adopted in 2004 and identifies six areas of focus for environmental protection: growth and land use; air quality and transportation; water quality; solid waste; parks, trails and open space; and environmental stewardship. The 2004 plan and the board’s environmental improvement program were recognized by the National Association of Counties with an Achievement Award last year. Both are available on the county’s Web site at

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