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.
|LOCATION||Agendas||Meeting Minutes | Reports|
ESC Meeting Archive
ContactIf 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.
Mark Chandler (Acting Vice Chair)
Michael K. Lee
Alice Lippert (Acting Chair)
Toby Sorensen (School Board member)
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
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.
|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.
- Home Sealing Brochure
- DIY Guide to Home Sealing
- Air Sealing
- Air Sealing Fact Sheet
- Home Energy Saving Solutions
- Retrofit Best Practices Guide
- Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling (English)
- Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling (Spanish)
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
|02/15/2013||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
Each year the members of the ESC submit a report to the City Council summarizing the committee’s activities and recommendations for the year.