Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035

Joe Gorney,
Senior Environmental Planner & Staff Liaison to EQAC

Environmental Quality Advisory Council - Student Member Information

Each year, the Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) solicits applications from high school students who are interested in becoming EQAC's student member.  The application process is open to all interested high school sophomores and juniors who are in good standing.  Eligible public school, parochial or private school, and homeschooled students are encouraged to apply.  The deadline for submission of applications for the July 2019 - June 2020 term has passed.  The process for selecting a student for the July 2020 - June 2021 term will begin in early 2020, and additional information, as well as application forms, will be available at that time.

EQAC is comprised of one representative from each magisterial district, four at-large members, and one student representative. Each member is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve a three-year term, except the student member, who serves during his or her junior or senior year of high school.

EQAC's chief function is to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for improving the county's efforts in environmental protection and enhancement.  During monthly meetings, issues such as water quality, air quality, land use, transportation, solid waste, ecological resources, deer management, climate change, energy, hazardous materials, noise, light pollution, visual pollution, and environmental stewardship are investigated.  In addition, EQAC holds a public hearing each year for the purpose of obtaining community input on issues of environmental concern.

The Annual Report on the Environment, which is prepared by EQAC, provides information on the status of various environmental resources and issues and is designed to aid the Board of Supervisors in setting its environmental priorities.  The report is prepared by EQAC with contributions from many different organizations and government agencies.

The council generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:15 p.m

If you have questions about EQAC, contact Joe Gorney of the Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1267, TTY 711 (Virginia Relay), or send an email message.

Student Testimonials

Four past EQAC student members have prepared testimonials regarding their service on EQAC:

Anna Nguyen 

Talia Schmitt

Kevin Sun 

Hana Burkly

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