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Sunny Side Up: The Basics of Solar Power

June 6, 2024

In the past decade or so, the climate change conversation has been shining a brighter light on solar energy. You may have a neighbor with solar panels on their roof, or maybe you own a rooftop solar system yourself. We understand that these panels convert sunlight into energy we can make use of, but how do they actually work?

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5 Ways to Make Your Commute More Productive: Ideas from a Transit Professional

May 23, 2024

Post written by Sam Chanesman, Transportation Demand Management Proffer Coordinator, Fairfax County Department of Transportation

About a year ago, my trusted old car broke down for good. She had a good life, filled with road trips, spontaneous errands, and got me where I needed to go. I’ll forever miss and cherish those memories; What I don’t miss about her? Our commute to work....

E-Bikes: A New Sensation in Sustainable Transportation

May 7, 2024

Post written by Maiya Justice, Intern, George Mason University, Class of 2024

E-bikes, also known as electric bicycles or electric-powered bikes, have the same functionality as a regular bike, but with a modern twist. Rather than pedaling being the only way to propel you forward, e-bikeshave batteries and motors built into the frame - combining the efficiency of a motor vehicle with…

Fairfax County Couple Takes Whole House Approach to Energy Improvements

April 23, 2024

Post written by Chris Miles, a lifelong Fairfax County resident

Chris Miles, a lifelong resident of Fairfax County, has made a variety of energy efficiency updates to his home like adding solar power, installing LED lighting, purchasing a high-efficiency water heater, and using an energy monitor. All of these improvements have helped him reduce his carbon footprint, lower his utility…

10 Ways to Take Climate Action on Earth Day and Every Day

April 8, 2024

Post written by Emily Bohr, Outreach Specialist for the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

Earth Day, celebrated annually on April 22nd, is a global event to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Here, at Fairfax County's Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination, we celebrate all month long! You can join the effort to protect our planet – and support a…

From Raindrops to Records: The Difference Between Weather and Climate

March 27, 2024

Post written by Emily Bohr, Outreach Specialist for the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

“Weather” and “Climate” are terms that are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are two distinct concepts. Understanding the difference between weather and climate can help you understand the broader patterns and changes that occur in our environment, and why they…

What Goes Around, Stays Around: The Circular Economy and How to Support It

March 12, 2024

Post written by Maiya Justice, Intern, George Mason University, Class of 2024

There is so much discussion about sustainability these days, but what does that mean for our economy? What is the best way to adhere to the principles of sustainability when viewed through the lens of our financial system? Many experts have agreed that the way to move forward is to reduce our overall…

Getting to a Greener Grid: A Primer on Electricity

February 26, 2024

Post written by Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination's Energy Programs Team

Electricity provides lighting around the clock; heats and cools our homes and businesses; and fosters the digital world that we've come to rely on throughout each day.

But where does electricity come from, how is it made and why does it matter?

The Journey of Electricity...

Data Shows EVs are Less of a Fire Risk than Conventional Cars

February 12, 2024

Post written by Gina Weil, Project Manager for the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

Are electric vehicles (EVs) more prone to fires than gasoline-powered vehicles?

Recent news reports of fires involving lithium-ion batteries, as well as some high-profile recalls related to fire risks, have sounded an alarm with some potential EV buyers. But when you look at…

How Greenhouse Gases Are Changing our Climate and What We Can Do to Stop It

January 30, 2024

Post written by Maiya Justice, Intern,George Mason University, Class of 2024

Greenhouse gases have consistently been a “hot” topic – if you pardon the pun - in discussions about climate change, but what does that mean? What are these gases, and why do they impact the globe the way that they do?

While greenhouse gases (GHGs) have different chemical compositions, they do have…

What My Internship Taught Me: Holistic Approach Needed for Climate Crisis

January 16, 2024

Post written by Maiya Justice, Intern,George Mason University, Class of 2024

My name is Maiya Justice, and I was an intern with the Fairfax County’s Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination from June 2023 to January of 2024. What first sparked my interest in Fairfax County’s Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC) was a…

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