Fairfax County committed to carbon neutral government operations, and the Board of Supervisors signed this declaration on July 13, 2021.
Currently, there is no organized alliance for U.S. counties dedicated to carbon neutrality, and this declaration offers other local governments an opportunity to join Fairfax County in significantly reducing carbon emissions by transforming government operations.
The declaration commits signatories to three actions:
- Be energy carbon neutral by 2040, prioritizing the reduction of operational greenhouse gas emissions.
- Urge federal and state lawmakers to provide incentives, requirements or other such measures to meet the carbon neutral goal.
- Ensure equitable implementation of the goal so that no communities are disproportionately impacted by the transition to a carbon neutral economy, and all have access to the incentives that may arise.