Fairfax County Joins Cool Capital Challenge

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March 31, 2008

Fairfax County Joins Cool Capital Challenge

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its regular meeting today, approved a resolution pledging to implement greenhouse gas emission reduction actions as part of the National Capitol Region’s Cool Capital Challenge.

“By endorsing this action,” said Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, “we further strengthen the county’s and region’s commitment to fight global warming. Throughout the years, Fairfax County’s leadership in environmental activities and educational outreach has sparked interest in and served as a model for members of our community, and beyond, to take action at home and at work to reduce greenhouse gases.”

Fairfax County’s pledge includes implementing the following CO2 greenhouse gas emission reduction actions, which represent a few of the many county operations that contribute to reducing county and regional greenhouse gas emissions. Combined, these actions alone represent a reduction of more than 1 million tons of CO2 per year.

  • Wind energy (average annual purchase of 8.2 million kwh).
  • Tree canopy, tree planting and turf management initiatives.
  • 1,260 county employees teleworking an average of one day per week.
  • Alternative-fueled vehicle purchase (12 Ford Escape hybrids).
  • Providence RECenter lighting upgrades (58,400 kwh energy savings per year).
  • Landfill gas to energy, 4.4 million cubic feet/day.
  • Waste to energy, 1.05 million tons processed/year.
  • Transfer station operations, 2.4 million miles avoided/year.
  • Recycling, 498,000 tons/year.
  • Connector bus operations, 9.6 million riders per year.

The board’s action followed adoption by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) of a resolution endorsing participation in the Cool Capital Challenge by COG and its member governments. The Cool Capital Challenge was started in early 2007 by volunteers from government, business, faith communities and community organizations in the metropolitan Washington region. It is structured like a capital campaign, but with contributions of carbon savings instead of cash. Further information on the campaign is available at www.coolcapitalchallenge.org.

Fairfax County is one of the founding members of the national Cool Counties initiative, which was launched in July 2007 in partnership with the Sierra Club, to reduce local government emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Since 2003, the board has implemented close to $7 million worth of projects and programs to address air quality and global climate change. Further information on the Cool Counties initiative is at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment/coolcounties.

The Board of Supervisors’ environmental agenda, “Environmental Excellence for Fairfax County – A 20-Year Vision,” adopted in 2004, identifies six areas of focus for environmental protection. The 2004 plan and the board’s Environmental Improvement Program were recognized by the National Association of Counties with an Achievement Award in 2006. The environmental agenda and the Environmental Improvement Program for fiscal year 2009 are available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment/eip.


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