Recognizing Leaders in Exceptional Design, Environmental Excellence and Tree Preservation

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Awards Ceremony 2023 group photo


On March 28, the Board of Supervisors celebrated leaders in design and environmental excellence and tree preservation who are helping to create a sustainable and well-designed county that is welcoming to the diverse needs of residents.

“The 2022 award winners are truly exemplary. Their dedication to making Fairfax County a healthier and more beautiful place to live, work and play through the preservation of our natural systems and innovation design is admirable. We are fortunate to have leaders like this in our county who work tirelessly to improve the world we share, to everyone’s benefit," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeffrey C. McKay.

Exceptional Design

The seven James M. Scott Exceptional Design Awards winners represent works of architecture that combine green building practices with outstanding site design.

The Honor Award went to HKS Inc. for 1902 and 1906 Reston Metro Plaza owned by Comstock Companies. Located at the Wiehle-Reston Metro station, the awards’ jury said the design of this transit-oriented hub will cultivate a true sense of community. Green spaces and sky gardens on the site create a visual connection to nature and the larger community.

Among the four Merit Award recipients were major renovation projects at Waynewood Elementary School and the Fire and Rescue Station No. 25 in Reston.

Awards are granted in three categories: honor, merit and honorable mention. A jury of design professionals, including architects, selected the winners.

View a complete list of winners on the Department of Planning and Development’s webpage.

Environmental Excellence

Each year, the Environmental Excellence Awards recognize individual county residents, county employees, and organizations or businesses who advance or support the county’s environmental goals and policies, dedicate personal time and expertise beyond their normal fiscal and civic responsibilities, and demonstrate leadership within the community.

In 2022, the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) issued five awards to county residents and employees. The individual awardees demonstrated extraordinary leadership within the community and exceptional dedication to the preservation and enhancement of the county’s natural resources.

View a complete list of winners on the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination webpage.

Friends of Trees

The Friends of Trees Awards honored 12 county individuals and groups as champions of the county’s urban forest including schools, homeowner associations and community groups. Since 1999, the Friends of Trees awards have highlighted exceptional, outstanding, and innovative tree conservation actions in Fairfax County that meet one or more criteria: to protect and preserve existing trees and associated habitats, to increase the urban tree canopy and its related habitats, to educate and inspire people to plant more trees and properly maintain them, and to convey an understanding of the value and benefits of trees. Developers who go “above and beyond” county requirements to preserve and protect trees and associated habitats are also eligible for these awards.

View a complete list of winners on the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services webpage.

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Recognizing Leaders in Exceptional Design, Environmental Excellence and Tree Preservation

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