2009 Environmental Excellence Awards Presented
Sept. 14, 2009
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors presented its 2009 Environmental Excellence Awards today at its regularly scheduled meeting. Awards were presented to: Earth Sangha (organization); Allen Wayne, Ltd. (business); and Carl Sivertsen (county employee).
Earth Sangha was recognized for a wide range of efforts
supporting county environmental goals, including establishing a native
plant nursery that supplies native trees and other plants for
restoration projects throughout the county; a native arboretum project
at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve; and riparian buffer restoration
projects. Earth Sangha also supports the county’s watershed management efforts and park
Allen Wayne, Ltd., a Fairfax County-based printing, graphics and
Internet services firm, has been recognized for its leadership and
commitment in the use of environmentally responsible technologies in
its print production process. The firm’s environmental
commitments include using: paper manufactured from trees grown in
Forest Stewardship Council-accredited forests; soy-based inks derived
from sustainable materials and containing lower volatile organic
compound levels than petroleum-based inks; and “chemistry-free” metal
printing plates that require less processor cleaning and maintenance
and operate at greater levels of efficiency than more traditional
- Carl Sivertsen, an environmental health specialist III with the Fairfax County Health Department, has been recognized for his dedication, leadership and enthusiasm in providing outreach on disease-carrying insects and other environmental health issues. During the eligibility period for the 2009 award, Sivertsen organized and participated in more than two dozen outreach events, including the Health Department’s 2008 presentation at Celebrate Fairfax!. He performed approximately 300 site visits to address complaints, resolving 98 percent of the cases within 72 hours. He also has leveraged resources through partnerships with other groups, agencies and businesses.
Award recipients are selected based on their advancement or support of the board and county’s environmental goals and policies; their dedication of personal time and expertise beyond normal fiscal or civic responsibilities; and their leadership as role models for others.
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 award winners are listed online.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
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