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Spring Hill Rec Solar panels graphic with tite

The Fairfax County Park Authority’s (FCPA) Spring Hill Rec Center is turning over a new leaf during Earth month 2024 with the activation of a brand-new 307-kilowatt solar photovoltaic array installed on the natatorium and gymnasium roofs as part of a multi-faceted project to enhance the energy efficiency of the popular rec center. The new solar array, the largest to date in the Park Authority, generates enough energy to power 33 homes annually, and is expected to reduce the center’s electricity needs by 13 percent. LEARN MORE ON PARK NEWS
Photo of looking up at trees in a forest with a grey and yellow box that says “2024 Environmental Excellence Awards, nominations open until June 9, 2024”
Nominations for the 2024 Environmental Excellence Awards are now closed.  Now is the time to recognize the people and organizations within our community who take the time and initiative to care for our natural spaces and resources which benefits all who live, work and play in Fairfax County. If you know a person, business or organization who deserves recognition for the work they do to protect our environment, nominate them today for the 2024 Environmental Excellence Awards. Each year, the Environmental Excellence Awards recognize the best examples of leadership and service to protect and enhance the natural world in Fairfax County. The awards celebrate accomplishments by individual county residents, organizations, businesses, and county employees who do one or more of the following: Advance or support the county’s environmental goals and policies Dedicate personal time and expertise beyond normal fiscal or civic responsibilities Demonstrate leadership, acting as role models for others The awards are administered by the Environmental Quality Advisory Council on behalf of the Board of Supervisors with support from the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination. Nominees’ achievements should have occurred between June 1, 2023, and May 31, 2024, or over a period of years that include a portion of this time frame. Submit a nomination for the 2024 Environmental Excellence Awards to recognize these leaders, visionaries, and climate champions within the Fairfax County community who elevate our collective commitment to bettering the world around us each day. To submit a nomination, complete the online form by June 9, 2024. Learn more about the Environmental Excellence awards and see past winners  
graph showing total greenhouse gas emissions
Fairfax County Government consumed less energy for operations and produced fewer greenhouse gas emissions in fiscal year 2023 than it has in any year since it started tracking data – a significant indicator in the county’s efforts to become carbon neutral by 2040. Data Highlights: Overall greenhouse gas emissions from energy use – including from electricity, natural gas and vehicle fuel - is down more than 25% compared to the baseline in FY 2018. Total electricity use is down 7% from the prior fiscal year, driven in large part by the conversion of streetlights to LEDs, and energy-related equipment upgrades. The avoided costs from energy reductions at county facilities are estimated to be $5 million per year. READ MORE ON NEWSCENTER
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Climate Matters is the blog of Fairfax County’s Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination, where we share stories, insights and information related to climate change and environmental sustainability. Posts are written by knowledgeable and passionate OEEC staff members and guest authors.


Environmental, Climate, and Energy Newsletter

The Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination releases a monthly e-newsletter. Our Environmental, Climate, and Energy newsletter is dedicated to providing you with the latest news and updates on climate change initiatives and policies - directly to your email inbox. Visit our Newsletters webpage view past issues or sign up to receive the newsletter.

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