Environmental Vision

Fairfax County’s environment is resilient, but not indestructible. Our vision recognizes that we have a responsibility to be good stewards to Environment Visionensure a sustainable future.

While it is not an action plan, the vision is important because it helps to guide our environmental sustainability initiatives and programs. Two key principles direct the vision:

  • First, we must conserve our limited natural resources.
  • Second, we are committed to providing the resources needed to protect our environment.

The vision connects to how the county provides services, and it focuses on seven core service areas:

  • Land Use
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Waste Management
  • Parks and Ecological Resources
  • Climate and Energy
  • Environmental Stewardship



How the Vision Was Created

The Board of Supervisors originally adopted a vision in 2004, and it was subsequently revised in 2007. This original vision was updated through extensive public input, including survey, public meetings and written comments and testimony. The summary of public input is provided below:

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