Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination

Fairfax County, Virginia

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Our office is open to visitors by appointment only. Please call or email from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

703-324-7136 | TTY 711

12000 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 533
Fairfax, VA 22035

Kambiz Agazi, Director

WHAT WE DO

The Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination (OEEC) leads the county's cross-organizational development and implementation of effective environmental and energy policies, goals, programs and projects. OEEC engages county departments, authorities, businesses and residents to advance environmental and energy priorities and address community needs.

Learn More

From this page you can find information on the development the county's first-ever greenhouse gas reduction plan and the first comprehensive climate adaptation and resilience plan, locate resources and information to help improve the sustainability of your home or your business, and explore the latest news from Fairfax County on topics like clean energy and environmental conservation.

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Latest News and Information

Resilient Fairfax Green March 2022

March 29, 2022 | 04:36PM
Spring is upon us in Fairfax County, which could mean an increase in rain events, warmer temperatures, and some severe storms. The Resilient Fairfax team continues to work diligently to create a comprehensive climate adaptation and resilience plan for our community, to help ensure we are prepared to withstand and bounce back from climate impacts. In March, the team completed an Audit of Existing Policies, Plans, and Programs to help address the question, “how is the county government currently doing in terms of resilience?” The Audit finds that Fairfax County is active and engaged across all sectors relevant to climate resilience. You can view or download the full Audit online. Work continues on the development of a series of Implementation Roadmaps to enable the county and community to put the climate resilience and adaptation plan into action swiftly following its completion and anticipated acceptance by the Board of Supervisors this fall. In March the Roadmaps were reviewed by the Planning Team and their input was incorporated. The revised versions of the Roadmaps were then shared with the Community Advisory Group and the Infrastructure Advisory Group and meetings were held with both groups to discuss the content and review process. Resilient Fairfax staff are also working to draft and develop the first three sections of the compiled, summarized Resilient Fairfax plan, which is slated to be published for public comment in mid-May. Supplemental materials for the public are also in development, such as fact sheets, graphics, an interactive map viewer, and a Storymap. In the midst of all of this ongoing work, the staff team presented to both the Environmental Quality Advisory Council and the Tree Commission in March, sharing updates on the planning process to date. The team also continues to coordinate and assist with related resiliency efforts, including with the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s military installation resilience planning, with flood risk reduction planning being done by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), and with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ coastal risk study. WHAT’S NEXT Coming up in April, the Resilient Fairfax team will be revising the Implementation Roadmaps with input from the Community Advisory Group and the Infrastructure Advisory Group and will be finalizing the draft compiled Resilient Fairfax Plan for public comment in May.

Explore solar systems general graphic

March 11, 2022 | 04:36PM
They say the first step is the hardest. If you’ve considered installing solar on your residential or commercial property but aren’t sure where or how to start, the Explore Solar Systems campaign is for you. Designed to raise awareness of available information and resources to help county residents and businesses go solar, this public education and outreach campaign will aim to move our community toward renewable energy. Here are a few of the ways you can begin to explore solar systems throughout this campaign, which will run from March 2022 through April 2023. DOWNLOADABLE DECISION-MAKING KIT A handy downloadable decision-making toolkit will help you assess your options, identify appropriate incentives and financing tools, and take a next step toward solar on your property. SOLAR SUCCESS VIDEOS Seeing is believing and sometimes when we see how others have charted a path toward a goal, like installing solar, we can find a way forward we never knew was possible. Using video, the Explore Solar Systems campaign will tell the stories of individuals and organizations in the county that have successfully taken the solar journey. WEBINARS Piggy-backing on informational webinars offered by the annual Solarize campaign, the Explore Solar Systems webinars will share information with attendees about how best to pursue solar in Fairfax County. ARTICLES Web articles published on the OEEC website will point readers to important information and resources that can support them on their individual journey toward solar. Article content can be parsed out and shared via social media, in organizational newsletters, and elsewhere on the web. COMMUNITY AND STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS Meetings for multifamily and business stakeholders will address the opportunities and obstacles that exist for these property types as they pursue solar. Meetings or events may also be held to help showcase solar solutions for those who do not own their property. SOCIAL MEDIA MINI-CAMPAIGNS Last but not least, a series of short social media campaigns will spread information across our community regarding the benefits of going solar, how to get started, and how to make the most of your solar system. Even though on-site renewable energy will have a relatively small impact on our overall greenhouse gas emissions in Fairfax County, it is still an important part of our clean energy future. It's important that we take steps now to consider where and when solar is an appropriate energy solution, and to help those without the ability to install solar where they live or work take advantage of shared and community solar resources as they become available. The Explore Solar Systems campaign is presented byCarbon-Free Fairfax, a broad greenhouse gas reduction initiative that enables county residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and other key stakeholders to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions through education, outreach, and engagement opportunities.

2022 EQAC student member recruitment banner image

March 10, 2022 | 04:27PM
The Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC) is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its student member term running from July 2022 through June 2023. EQAC’s primary function is to make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors for improving environmental protection and enhancement. During monthly meetings, issues such as water quality, air quality, land use, transportation, solid waste, noise, ecological resources, climate change, energy, hazardous materials, visual and light pollution, and environmental stewardship are investigated. In addition, EQAC holds a public comment meeting each year, typically in January, to obtain input from the community on issues of environmental concern. EQAC is composed of one citizen representative from each of nine magisterial districts, 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 her or his junior or senior year of high school. The council generally meets on the second Wednesday of each month, starting at 7:15 p.m. 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 agenda and priorities. EQAC prepares the Annual Report on the Environment with contributions from different agencies. The student member application is open to all interested high school sophomores and juniors who are in good standing. Eligible public school, private school, parochial, and homeschooled students are encouraged to apply. Applicants must submit a completed application form, a record of courses taken and grades earned in grades 9, 10, and 11, if applicable, and a 500-word essay on an environmental topic of their choosing. If you are currently a sophomore or junior in good standing and would be interested in serving in this capacity during your junior or senior year, please download and complete the application linked below. All applications must be received via email to eqac@fairfaxcounty.gov by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Download the Application

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