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

Green Business News

Below you will find the 10 most recent articles on green business topics from the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination. To view a full list of articles and news releases from the OEEC, please click here.

ESG Explained

ESG
August 12, 2020

Acronyms abound in the sustainability space: CSR (corporate social responsibility), RECs (renewable energy credits), SDGs (sustainable development goals), the list goes on. There is one acronym that is increasingly used in business circles to describe a company’s sustainability profile: ESG. The term, environmental, social, and governance (ESG), is most often used in relation…

What Goes Around: An Intro to the Circular Economy

What
July 20, 2020

The modern global economy is built on centuries of innovation and entrepreneurship, from the advent of agriculture, to the industrial revolution, to the Internet age, generations of inventors and pioneers have enabled progress. Today, technology allows nearly instantaneous connectivity and provides business leaders and policy makers with the ability to make informed decisions potentially…

Green Business Guidance: How To Avoid Greenwashing

Green
June 25, 2020

Sometimes it seems we are awash in statements and claims about how environmentally friendly different brands are. As consumers, it can be hard to differentiate between the companies that are trying to pull the green wool over our eyes and those that are truly doing good. For green businesses, it can be even harder to stand out in the crowd and be seen as genuine leaders. After all, green tropes…

C-PACE Makes Perfect Sense for Sustainability Improvements

C-PACE
May 21, 2020

The Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency program launched by Fairfax County in February 2020 provides commercial property owners, both for-profit and non-profit, the opportunity to make substantial improvements to their buildings with little or no money down. On top of that, C-PACE projects can be net-positive in their first year as owners turn what would usually be…

Green Financing On The Rise

Green
February 27, 2020

The financial sector is now peppered with a variety of “green” financing tools, with total sustainable debt issuance exceeding $1 trillion in 2019. Depending on your objectives and values, certain financial instruments may make more sense for you than others. Read on for a brief survey of the most established and popular sustainable financing vehicles available today.

Green…

Fairfax County Launches Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency Program

Fairfax
February 13, 2020

New Financing Option Is Designed to Support Energy and Resiliency Improvements to Commercial Buildings

FAIRFAX, Va. – Feb. 13, 2020 – Fairfax County officials announced today the launch of a Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy and Resiliency (C-PACE) program, a financing tool designed to encourage building owners to pursue energy-saving, water-saving…

Cutting Back on Plastics

Cutting
January 28, 2020

It’s hard to deny, modern businesses are all wrapped up in plastic. From the keyboards we use to type emails and invoices, to the promotional materials we create and distribute, to the furniture and supplies we purchase for our offices, plastics are ubiquitous.

It’s easy to say, “My business is too small to make a difference,” or “Change is too costly and burdensome,” but systemic…

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