Fairfax County led a national effort for counties to reduce global warming emissions called Cool Counties. The Board of Supervisors signed the Cool Counties Climate Stabilization Declaration on July 16, 2007.
- We conducted a baseline inventory of the county, schools, and community’s greenhouse gas emissions, as stated in the first element of the pledge. We are continuing to reduce energy use in county operations, as documented in our annual Sustainability Initiatives report.
- We have been working with the local, state and federal governments through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to create a regional emission inventory and plan to reduce emissions by 2050. The regional plan sets short, mid and long-term emissions reduction targets. Fairfax County cut its per capita emissions by 20 percent, and the region also reduced its emissions by 10 percent. This means both the county and the region have met its first target.
- We urged the federal government to adopt a cap-and-trade program to reduce emissions—but this plan was not adopted. We also urged the enactment of a minimum 35 mile per gallon Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard by 2015. The Obama Administration finalized a new 54.5 mpg standard CAFE standard in 2012.