Fairfax County is a place where all people live in a healthy sustainable environment.
Fairfax County is making progress through many of our environmental policies and practices that support air, water and land quality. It is important for people to have the opportunity to enjoy the natural environment, and that residents, businesses, county employees and visitors share in the responsibility to improve environmental outcomes (especially the reduction of greenhouse gasses). By continuing to make a wide variety of improvements, such as increasing the use of alternative energy, green roofs and stream restorations, as well as bike lane and pedestrian options, we will improve the long-term environmental well-being of our county.
The strategies in this section seek to protect, conserve and sustain environmental resources to promote clean air, water and soil. To confront the challenges posed by climate change, the county will improve the resilience of natural resources and community infrastructure, and serve as a catalyst for community-wide action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from Fairfax County residences and businesses.
Note: The original draft of the Countywide Strategic Plan was developed concurrent with the 2019 addition of the Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination, and prior to Board of Supervisors acceptance of the Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) in September of 2021. The Environment community outcome area was also originally combined with Health, but these two areas were separated to ensure adequate focus on each area.
Therefore, one of the first steps of the implementation process will be to crosswalk the following proposed strategies with related countywide plans and make necessary adjustments, to ensure integration and alignment of this related work.
These proposed strategies were developed based on the extensive background work completed by the Countywide Strategic Planning Teams. As previously noted, these strategies will be aligned with related work under the Environmental Committee.
Promote and Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Indicator: Promoting Air, Water and Land Quality
Indicator: Supporting Sound Environmental Policy and Practices
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