News to Use Podcast Transcript: May 19, 2010
Good day, and welcome to the Fairfax County News to Use podcast for May 19, 2010. Coming up, learn how to help protect the quality of the air we breathe, All Fairfax Reads, RSS feeds to stay in touch with Fairfax County, and the annual Exceptional Design Awards. Links to topics mentioned in this podcast can be found online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov.
Heat and strong sunlight can produce high levels of unhealthy ground-level ozone, or smog. Protect our air quality in the warm days ahead. A few voluntary actions can make a difference:
- Limit driving and, when possible, combine trips or telework.
- Use area bus and rail lines or carpool.
- Avoid mowing lawns with gasoline-powered lawn mowers.
- Refuel vehicles after dusk and avoid idling.
- Use environmentally friendly products.
- Conserve electricity, keep air conditioning no lower than 78 degrees.
Daily Air Quality Index forecasts and more information are available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/airquality.
The Fairfax County Public Library invites adults who live, work or go to school in Fairfax County to participate in the seventh annual All Fairfax Reads, a community engagement project that encourages adults to read and discuss the same book between May and September.
This year’s All Fairfax Reads selection is “The Art ofRacing in the Rain,” a novel by Garth Stein. In the book, a dog narrates the life of his family through good days and sad, the things that make sense to him and the things about humans that don’t, and he tries to find guidance and understanding through the rules of racing. The dog’s great hope is to come back after his death as a human.
More information about All Fairfax Reads and the Fairfax County Public Library is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/library.
Fairfax County RSS feeds help you stay up-to-date on county government news and information. RSS news feeds include emergency information, general news and events, Board of Supervisors news, transportation, the environment and more. Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rssfeeds to subscribe in your favorite RSS reader.
The Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning is accepting entries for the 2010 Exceptional Design Awards until Friday, June 4. Visit the awards Web page at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/designawards for nomination criteria, forms and submission requirements. The ExceptionalDesign Awards Program recognizesachievement in the total design of a building and its site, and raises awareness of outstanding planning and design projects among design professionals and the general public. Any projectcompleted in Fairfax County since Jan. 1, 2005, is eligible to be nominated. Industry professionals and the general public are encouraged to participate. Call 703-324-1364 for more information.
That’s all for this News to Use podcast. Thanks for listening. For more information about the topics in this podcast and for continuous news updates, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news. You may also call 703-FAIRFAX, that’s 703-324-7329, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. News to Use is produced by the Fairfax County, Virginia, government.