Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Our office is open 8:30AM-5PM M-F

703-324-7136 | TTY 711

12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 533
Fairfax, VA 22035

Kambiz Agazi, Director

WHAT WE DO

The Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC) leads the county's cross-organizational development and implementation of effective environmental and energy policies, goals, programs and projects. OEEC engages county departments, authorities, businesses and residents to advance environmental and energy priorities and address community needs.

Learn More

From this page you can find information on the development the county's first-ever greenhouse gas reduction plan and the first comprehensive climate adaptation and resilience plan, locate resources and information to help improve the sustainability of your home or your business, and explore the latest news from Fairfax County on topics like clean energy and environmental conservation.

Latest News and Information

HomeWise program lock up

May 5, 2021 | 10:39AM
In October 2020, the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC) launched a new program, called HomeWise, to educate, empower, and enable residents to make changes that reduce energy use, water use, and associated costs in their homes. Read on to find out what has transpired for the HomeWise program in its first seven months. Volunteer Recruitment and Onboarding In November 2020, the first class of HomeWise volunteers was selected and welcomed to the program. These volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds, but all bring an interest in using their skills and interest in conservation to help the community. Volunteers went through initial onboarding in the late Fall in preparation for the program kick off in January 2021. Intensive Training In late January, the HomeWise volunteers began a 10-week training course, covering a wide variety of relevant topics and techniques to aid in their eventual community engagement work. Due to COVID-19 health and safety restrictions, all volunteer training was conducted virtually, with resources being shared via Google Classroom and volunteers convening periodically with county staff to review important concepts and skills. A week-by-week overview of the HomeWise training course is outlined below. Each week, volunteers were provided with environmental, technical, and community or social training pertaining to the topic listed. Training Week Topics Covered Week One Program Overview, Intro to Energy and Water Savings Week Two Understanding the Big Picture on Energy and Climate Week Three Understanding the Big Picture on Water Use Week Four Energy Vampires Week Five Showerheads, Faucets, and Toilets Week Six Light Bulbs Week Seven Review of Content Covered To Date Week Eight Weather Stripping and Air Leaks Week Nine Indoor Environmental Quality Week Ten Hands-On Skills Training     Preparation for Community Engagement In the course of their training, volunteers heard from three subject matter experts outside of the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination. HomeWise benefits greatly from the support of the Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), the technical advisor to the program. A representative from LEAP attended an early virtual training session with the volunteers to review key weatherization technical and safety concepts. Midway through the training course, a representative from the Fairfax County-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB), made a guest appearance at an evening training session and covered basic principles of habit formation and behavior change. Finally, at the conclusion of the training course, a representative from the Department of Family Services attended an evening training with the HomeWise volunteers and discussed fuel assistance, cooling assistance, and crisis assistance programs administered by the county. All of these training opportunities support the eventual deployment of the HomeWise volunteers into the community to assist low- and moderate-income residents with energy and water conservation and behavior change to realize cost savings. With the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic slowly shifting, the HomeWise team is working to establish concrete community engagement opportunities for the inaugural class of volunteers. HomeWise was always envisioned as an in-person, hands-on program and the ultimate goal is to send expertly trained volunteers out into the community on a regular basis to help implement meaningful change for residents. As in-person engagement becomes safer, the OEEC will announce and promote HomeWise events on this site, on Twitter, and on Facebook. Staffing Up As summer begins in earnest, the OEEC is seeking to hire a part-time staff member to support the HomeWise program and community outreach. More information on this opportunity is available online here, under “Management Analyst II – ELT-BOS-21000.” All interested and qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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April 29, 2021 | 09:44AM
Fairfax County is embarking on a formal effort to address climate adaptation and resilience. The newly launched initiative, known as “Resilient Fairfax,” will encompass the development of a comprehensive Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan for the county and the community as well as the implementation of strategies to reduce risk to county residents, businesses, and infrastructure. This effort, which will engage county residents, representatives from county agencies, regional authorities, state agencies, utilities, the development community, and others providing critical services to the county, will aim to increase the community’s overall resilience to climate impacts. Resilient Fairfax is led by the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC). The OEEC is supported by a Planning Team of over a dozen County departments in addition to two advisory bodies: an Infrastructure Advisory Group and a Community Advisory Group. These groups will meet periodically between April 2021 and June 2022 to provide expert advice and community insight into Fairfax County’s climate resiliency needs. The OEEC is also assisted in the planning process by Cadmus, a strategic consulting firm with ample experience in climate planning, and their subconsultants, WSP, a professional services and engineering group, and Nspiregreen, a community and environmental planning firm based out of Washington, DC. Members of the public will have the opportunity to participate in the planning process via public meetings and surveys, and in the Resilient Fairfax initiative at large as strategies are implemented community-wide in the years to come. An initial online survey is set to be released in early June 2021, with public meetings to follow. The survey will assess residents’ experience of climate risks and vulnerabilities, including flooding, severe storm events, extreme temperatures, and more. The creation of a detailed vulnerability and risk assessment for the county is one of the first undertakings of Resilient Fairfax. This assessment will identify climate risks and vulnerabilities through the development of localized climate projections and a preparedness analysis. An audit of existing policies, plans, and programs will help reveal gaps and existing strengths, allowing county staff to proactively plan for coordinated implementation. The Resilient Fairfax initiative complements the ongoing development of a Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from local sources. By addressing both emissions and climate impacts simultaneously, Fairfax County is demonstrating a commitment to a safe, sustainable, healthy, and economically prosperous future for all residents. Learn More About Resilient Fairfax

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April 26, 2021 | 03:49PM
The Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC) is pleased to announce two upcoming virtual public meetings connected with the development of the Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan, or CECAP. The meetings, which will take place via WebEx on May 18 and 20 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, will be identical in content and format. The purpose of the meetings is to provide Fairfax County residents and stakeholders the opportunity to learn about CECAP, its goals and objectives, and to provide attendees a chance to share their thoughts, opinions, and questions. The meetings will be hosted by OEEC staff in collaboration with subject matter experts and facilitators from ICF, a management consulting firm working with Fairfax County to develop CECAP. CECAP is a community-driven planning effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions locally. Recognizing that more than 95 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in Fairfax County come from community sources, like energy use in our homes and businesses, or cars and trucks on our roads, CECAP outlines strategies and actions everyone can take to help reduce our overall carbon footprint. CECAP is being developed by a Working Group composed of approximately 70 individuals representing the county’s nine magisterial districts, businesses, nonprofits, associations, and other organizations of note. Public input is a critical component of the CECAP planning process, as the success of the plan depends on the interest and involvement of the broad community. To register for the May 18, 2021 CECAP public meeting, please click here. To register for the May 20, 2021 CECAP public meeting, please click here.
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