Environmental Sustainability Committee

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The Environmental Sustainability Committee is committed to guiding the City of Fairfax to become an environmentally sustainable “green city.” This process involves resource conservation, preventing ecological harm, developing and using renewable resources and encouraging self-sufficient practices. The ESC will recommend programs and policies and undertake actions that will engage residents and businesses in the creation of a sustainable city.

ESC Meetings 2019

The Environmental Sustainability Committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month. The meetings are typically held at Historic Blenheim Center and begin at 7:00 P.M.  To determine the official meeting location and time of a specific meeting, check the table below or the City Calendar

Meeting Date

 LOCATION Agendas Meeting Minutes | Reports
01/02/2019   Historic Blenheim  Agenda  Meeting Minutes
02/06/2019  Historic Blenheim  Agenda  Meeting Minutes
03/06/2019  Historic Blenheim  Agenda  Meeting Minutes
04/03/2019  Historic Blenheim  Agenda  Meeting Minutes
05/01/2019  Historic Blenheim  Agenda  Meeting Minutes
06/05/2019  City of Fairfax Regional Library  Agenda  Meeting Minutes
07/11/2019  Historic Blenheim  Agenda  
09/04/2019 (ESC Retreat 9am-1pm)  Historic Blenheim    


ESC Meeting Archive

2016, 2017, 2018


If you have questions or would like more information about the Environmental Sustainability Committee, please contact the Staff Representative:

Stefanie Kupka 703.385.7816 Stefanie.Kupka@fairfaxva.gov 


The committee is comprised of nine members. Eight members are appointed by the City Council for a two year term. The ninth member shall be a member of the City School Board who is designated annually by the Board.  As possible, the City Council will seek to  include one member from the City of Fairfax business community. City residency is not required for committee members selected from the City of Fairfax business community.

Current members:

 Mark Chandler (Acting Vice Chair)

Judy Fraser

Susan Crate

Timothy Killian 

Bruce Knight

Michael K. Lee

Alice Lippert (Acting Chair)

Toby Sorensen (School Board member)


General Information

Overview of Committee

The committee will advise and assist the City Council and all Boards and Commissions on policies and practices dealing with the environment and energy conservation. In this capacity, the committee will act as an advocate for protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment. The committee will also provide a means for promoting discussion between the public and private sectors on issues related to the environment. 

Outline of Committee Purpose and Functions

The purpose and function of the Committee will include the following, but is not limited exclusively to these items: 

  • To act as an advocate for protecting, preserving and enhancing the environment as it relates to issues under consideration by the City Council and Planning Commission.
  • To serve in an advisory role to the City Council and all Boards and Commissions on environmental and sustainability policy issues. The committee may recommend new ordinances, amendments to existing ordinances and other actions it deems appropriate. The committee may also recommend expenditures in connection with proposed programs.
  • To provide a means for promoting discussion and education on issues related to the environment and sustainability.

  • To advise and support the neighborhood recycling program.

  • To prepare an annual report to be presented  to the City Council which includes, but is not limited to these items:

    • any findings on the current condition of the city's environment.
    • proposed policies and programs that support the preservation,

      protection and enhancement of the city's environment and sustainability.

    • evaluation of existing programs and policies to protect the environment and improve the city’s sustainability.
    • summary of the Committee actions and recommendations of the previous year.

Reports and Projects

Speakers Series 

In 2015, the ESC organized a speaker series on the urban environment.  Three speakers provided expertise on trees, streams and forest health and invasive plants. The series was undertaken as part of the ESC's outreach and education efforts. The ESC invited the staff, City Council, and the general public through the City Scene, the City alert email system, and word of mouth.  The guest speakers provided a wealth of information in short order and gave the ESC and its guests an introduction to the kinds of actions the city can take to protect our natural areas.  The speaker information and presentations can be found in the table below. 

Topic Speaker Presentation
Trees (urban forestry, tree and forest health, tree replacement) Jim McGlone, VA Department of Forestry Natural Resources Specialist Presentation
Streams (biological health of streams) Danielle Wynne, Ecologist with Fairfax County Stormwater Division Presentation
Forest Health and Invasive Plants (impact of urbanization and invasive plants on parkland)

Erin Stockschlaeder, Fairfax County Park Authority Natural Resource Specialist


Home Energy Conservation/Weatherization Workshop

The Environmental Sustainability Committee in partnership with the City of Fairfax, PEG Environmental Solutions and the Fairfax Renaissance Housing Corporation held a home energy efficiency workshop “Winterizing Your Home” on Saturday, November 10th. Experts provided guidance on topics such as caulking, weather stripping, smart thermostats, heating systems, windows, energy audits and more. If you missed it, check out some of the PDFs of brochures from the event.

Environment Survey Results

In order to better understand the interests of City of Fairfax residents regarding environmental issues the ESC created and disseminated a short survey. The survey was available online (and hard copy by request) for the month of April, 2012. The survey link was available on the city's website, Cityscene, City Clips and was sent to eMAS (environmental category) recipients, civic association leaders and was available on the ESC's Facebook page. 119 people responded and most provided additional written comments. The results of the survey including comments provided can be viewed here.

The ESC will be able to use the results to help guide the committee in determining its future priorities and will refer to the results and comments on the specific issues addressed.

ESC Reports and Memos

 Date  Report/Memo Title  Summary

Stormwater CIP Consideration of Stormwater Management in the Accotink Watershed

Stormwater management recommendations for the Accotink watershed
 05/07/2013 Northfax Comments Comments submitted on the Northfax drainage project at the intersection of Fairfax Blvd and Chain Bridge Road
 05/08/2013 How to Improve Recycling in the City of Fairfax At the request of the Mayor and City Council, the ESC completed an evaluation of the City’s existing recycling program and provided recommendations on how to improve upon the program
 05/10/2013 Proposed Redevelopment of Layton Hall Comments

Comments submitted on the Layton Hall Redevelopment Proposal

 06/18/2013 Stormwater BMP Inspection Memo Comments on the use of the City’s stormwater fund to finance the conduct of inspections and determinations of condition of privately owned BMP facilities in the City
 06/25/2013 ESC Work Session Presentation Presentation from the June 25, 2013 Work Session with the Mayor and City Council.  Presentation includes recommendations on improving recycling and stormwater management.
 07/24/2013 Stormwater Report Stormwater management recommendations
 10/21/2013 Legislative Package Proposals

The ESC's 2014 Legislative Package Recommendations

Annual Report

Each year the members of the ESC submit a report to the City Council summarizing the committee’s activities and recommendations for the year.

2010 Report2011 Report2012 Report2013 Report2014 Report2015 Report2016 Report2017 Report, 2018 Report

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