Issues Fairfax Forum Focuses on Green Strategies on Dec. 17


Dec. 9, 2008

News Highlights  

  • Forum will focus on green practices as a function of corporate citizenship, in addition to green practices for neighborhoods, community institutions and government.
  • Event is Dec. 17, 8 a.m.–2 p.m., George Mason University, Dewberry Hall, Fairfax.
  • Register online; registration is complimentary.

More Information 

Green strategies for businesses and communities is the focus of an Issues Fairfax Forum on Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. at George Mason University, Dewberry Hall, Fairfax. The forum is sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Fairfax County Government and George Mason University.

This year’s forum will spotlight how the community can use sustainability as a framework to rethink operational policies and incorporate green practices as a function of corporate citizenship. The event also will look at green practices for neighborhoods, community institutions and government. Registration for the free forum online.

The invited speakers include Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly; Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Chairman Kevin Reynolds; and George Mason University President Alan Merten.

Issues Fairfax discussion panels and breakout sessions during the day include:

  • “Cool Programs“/“Cool“ Policy.
  • How Green Business Can Make Sense and Cents.
  • Strategies for the Green Economy.
  • Impact of Sustainability and Green on Public Policy.
  • New Technologies and Opportunities for Businesses, Citizens and Government.
  • Why Green is Good for Business.

Issues Fairfax will bring together a broad cross section of more than 200 stakeholders from the county’s business, government, civic and nonprofit sectors. The forum will highlight Cool Businesses, a voluntary program that provides guidance and technical support for those businesses that take the Cool Business Pledge to reduce their operational emissions by 2 percent annually. The Cool Businesses program complements the Cool Counties initiative to reduce local government emissions by 80 percent by 2050.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors launched the national Cool Counties initiative along with the Sierra Club and other partners at the National Association of Counties Annual Conference in July 2007. In addition to this latest effort with the business community, Fairfax has formed the complementary programs Cool Schools and Cool Neighborhoods to broaden awareness and support within the community for reducing emissions.

For further information on “Issues Fairfax: Green Strategies for Business and Community,“ contact the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, 703-749-0400, TTY 711.

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