OEEC News and Events

On this page, you'll find the latest articles, news releases and information on upcoming public events and engagement opportunities from the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC). For media inquiries about programs and services offered by OEEC, please contact: John Silcox, Public Information Officer, john.silcox@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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Latest Article and News Releases

Latest Articles and News Releases

Aerial view of roof of Pender Office Building

A new rooftop solar array and other energy improvements at the Pender Office Building will save money and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The project, which was a partnership between the Fairfax County Redevelopment and Housing Authority (FCRHA) and the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination, is another step in meeting the county’s goals for carbon neutrality in its facilities, fleet vehicles and operations, including 50% of county electricity from renewable sources by 2040, as outlined in the Operational Energy Strategy. Read more on Newscenter
EQAC public comment meeting header
Our environment is worth protecting – so make your voice heard! Fairfax County residents are encouraged to share their view on the state of the environment with the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) on or before January 10. EQAC is appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to advise them on environmental matters. Each year the council invites the public to submit comments on environmental issues of concern. While the timing of the comment period coincides with the publication of EQAC’s Annual Report on the Environment, it is not specific to the report but to environmental issues more broadly. There are 3 ways for residents to provide input: Submit written testimony by email to EQAC@fairfaxcounty.gov by 5 p.m. on January 5. Please include your full name, address and phone number with your email submission. Record and upload a short video testimony to by January 5. Videos of 3 minutes or less can be uploaded to YouTube, Ustream or Vimeo and the URL sent to EQAC@fairfaxcounty.gov by 5 p.m. on January 5. Videos will be screened prior to the meeting and any submission containing profanity or objectionable material will not be shown during the meeting. Sign up to speak at the public meeting on January 10, 2024. The meeting starts at 7:15 p.m. and will take place in Conference Room 4/5 of the Fairfax County Government Center. Residents can testify in person or by audio or video through Zoom. To be added to the speakers list, send an email to EQAC@fairfaxcounty.gov by 5 p.m. on January 5. Learn more about EQAC and the public comment meeting on the EQAC webpage.  
dashboard announcement
The Fairfax County Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC) has updated the public-facing Climate Action Dashboard to show the progress made toward the county’s climate action goals.  The dashboard tracks progress in implementing the county’s three climate and energy plans – the Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP), the Operational Energy Strategy (OES), and Resilient Fairfax.  These plans set ambitious goals that include: lowering greenhouse gas emissions to achieve community-wide carbon neutrality by 2050; achieving carbon neutrality for its own government operations by 2040; and improving community resilience to the effects of climate change that are already occurring.  Updates to the dashboard include: Overall metrics for emissions reductions, which highlight the progress made as a result of improved energy efficiency and the increased use of clean energy supplies. Overall metrics for resilience to changing climate conditions like extreme heat, severe storms and intense flooding.  A new Climate Action Map viewer, an interactive tool that shows the locations of green buildings, solar installations, electric vehicle charging stations, recycling centers and the tree canopy in the county.  Additional metrics for outcomes in six key sectors: Buildings, Energy Supply, Transportation, Natural Resources, Waste, and Community Services. Links to topic pages that provide additional information and resources for individuals, businesses, and other organizations ready to take climate action.  “We developed the dashboard to help our residents and stakeholders better understand how our collective effort is making a positive impact,” said OEEC Acting Director John Morrill. “With more than 70 strategies across our three climate plans, it’s also important that we make data-driven decisions to guide our actions.” Data highlights: Total carbon emissions are down 30 percent since 2005 due in part to a cleaner electricity grid and improved energy efficiency in homes and buildings. In fact, total electricity use in the community has fallen 2% in that same time period, despite a 10% increase in population.  Nearly 40,000 households in Fairfax County were reached by energy efficiency and weatherization programs between 2016 and 2022. 44 county government buildings have achieved LEED certification, including the county government’s first LEED Platinum building — Woodlawn Fire Station. Four buildings were outfitted with rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) arrays in 2023, and another 18 will get solar panels by 2025. Solar installations in the community continue to soar as well – as total installed capacity for solar PV systems reached 32 megawatts in 2022, twice as much as in 2020. Fairfax County has achieved 55.4% tree canopy coverage, which is close to its goal of 60%. So far, 72% of Census Tracts have at least 40% canopy – with a goal of 100% by 2030. Information on the dashboard is gathered from a variety of sources, including the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Virginia Department of Energy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and many county agencies. OEEC will routinely update the dashboard as progress is made and additional data becomes available.  To learn more about the county’s climate action plans, policies and programs, visit the OEEC website.
Climate Matters Blog

Climate Matters

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.


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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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