2008 Environmental Excellence Awards Presented by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors


Nov. 17, 2008

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  • Award recipients are: Chet McLaren (county resident category); the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter Project Management Team (organization category); “Jack-the-Ripper” Certified Arborists Inc. (business category). 
  • Award recognizes advancement or support of Fairfax County’s environmental goals and policy statements; dedication of personal time and expertise beyond normal fiscal or civic responsibilities; and leadership as a role model for others.

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The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors presented its 2008 Environmental Excellence Awards today. Awards were presented to Chet McLaren (county resident category); the Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter Project Management Team (organization category); and “Jack-the-Ripper” Certified Arborists Inc. (business category).

  • Chet McLaren was recognized for his leadership of a wide range of civic and environmental organizations, including the Environmental Quality Advisory Council; the Fairfax County Park Authority Board and its advisory board; the Wakefield Park Master Plan Committee; the Trails and Sidewalks Committee; the Upper Accotink Watershed Education Committee; and the North Springfield Civic Association Board.  His nomination called him “living proof that dedication, passion and a little elbow grease goes a long way in improving our local environment.”
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    EQAC Winners
    EQAC Award Winners
    EQAC Award Winners

  • The Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter Project Management Team was recognized for its efforts to incorporate green building features into the design of the shelter. The project management team includes the Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services and Wisnewski Blair & Associates. It is the first such shelter in the country to be recognized by the Green Building Initiative’s Green Globes environmental assessment and rating system for commercial buildings and the first project to be certified by the Green Building Initiative in Virginia.  Among the environmental features incorporated in the design of the facility are: a minimal footprint; energy-efficient appliances and systems; minimal environmental impact building materials; materials from nearby areas to reduce costs and environmental impact of hauling; natural landscaping; low-emissivity windows; preferred parking for carpoolers; and bicycle racks and an off-site trail. 
  • “Jack-the-Ripper” Certified Arborists Inc. was recognized for its “sustained and ongoing commitment to sound environmental business practices.” In addition to upkeep and maintenance of beautification efforts at sites in the Great Falls, McLean and Vienna areas, the firm has saved landmark trees, including large oaks at the McLean Post Office and at Louise Archer Elementary School as well as a grove of trees at Flint Hill Elementary School.  The firm was honored with a Fairfax County Friends of Trees Award at the 2008 Earth Day/Arbor Day ceremony in recognition of its efforts.

Award winners are selected based on their advancement or support of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax 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 is supported by the county’s environmental coordinator and the Department of Planning and Zoning.

For more information about this year’s award winners or the Environmental Excellence Awards, call Kambiz Agazi, environmental coordinator, at 703-324-1788, TTY 711. Previous years’ award winners are listed online

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