2009 Environmental Excellence Awards Presented


Sept. 14, 2009
OPA 167/09

News Highlights  

  • Award recipients are: Earth Sangha (organization); Allen Wayne, Ltd. (business); Carl Sivertsen (county employee).
  • Award recognizes advancement or support of the board and county’s environmental goals and policies; dedication of personal time and expertise beyond normal fiscal or civic responsibilities; and leadership as role models for others. 

More Information 

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 system.
     
  • 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 equipment.
     
  • 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. 

The awards program is administered by the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council and 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 award winners are listed online.

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