City of Fairfax Sustainability

City of Fairfax Sustainability The Environmental Sustainability Committee envisions an environmentally sustainable City of Fairfax that supports the well being of its residents and businesses.

The City of Fairfax is dedicated to preserving the resources of our built and natural environment and to ensure our community has clean air and water, safe and healthy neighborhoods, a resilient economy, and access to housing and transportation choices. The Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) is committed to guiding the City of Fairfax to become an environmentally sustainable “green city.

The City of Fairfax is dedicated to preserving the resources of our built and natural environment and to ensure our community has clean air and water, safe and healthy neighborhoods, a resilient economy, and access to housing and transportation choices. The Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) is committed to guiding the City of Fairfax to become an environmentally sustainable “green city.

We need your help! The 2017 Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan will be updated soon, and your feedback is requeste...
08/16/2021
Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Public Survey

We need your help! The 2017 Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan will be updated soon, and your feedback is requested. This Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Survey provides an opportunity for you to participate in the mitigation planning process. The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that help lessen the impacts of future disasters.

https://engage.fairfaxva.gov/northern-virginia-hazard-mitigation-public-survey

Northern Virginia jurisdictions are preparing an update to the 2017 Northern Virginia Hazard Mitigation Plan. The regional plan will identify local policies and actions for reducing risk and future losses from hazards such as floods, severe storms, wildfires, winter weather, and more.

The draft Urban Forestry Program Evaluation Report has been completed. Please visit our interactive project page to revi...
03/25/2021
Urban Forestry Program Evaluation

The draft Urban Forestry Program Evaluation Report has been completed. Please visit our interactive project page to review the draft report and provide feedback at: https://engage.fairfaxva.gov/urban-forestry-program-evaluation. The comment period is open through April 12. Thanks!

The quality, health, and connectivity of our urban ecosystem is a major contributor to the quality of life for Fairfax City residents. Caring for the city’s urban forest is an important part of growing a sustainable, healthy, and vibrant city. The City of Fairfax is

The City of Fairfax Government is looking forward to participating as a panelist in the Sustainable and Resilient Commun...
02/02/2021

The City of Fairfax Government is looking forward to participating as a panelist in the Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Ecosystems webinar co-hosted by the George Mason University’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE) and Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC). This webinar will highlight sustainability and resilience challenges and speakers will discuss work being done to support the development of communities that are environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, economically productive, and resilient to shocks and significant stress. Please join us! Register at: https://gmu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArdu2sqj4iHtAIz2xodKenQAfv4Jirscyu

The City of Fairfax Government is looking forward to participating as a panelist in the Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Ecosystems webinar co-hosted by the George Mason University’s Institute for a Sustainable Earth (ISE) and Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities (C-RASC). This webinar will highlight sustainability and resilience challenges and speakers will discuss work being done to support the development of communities that are environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, economically productive, and resilient to shocks and significant stress. Please join us! Register at: https://gmu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJArdu2sqj4iHtAIz2xodKenQAfv4Jirscyu

Have some holiday lights you need to recycle?  Drop them off at Twins Ace Hardware to get recycled ♻️
12/04/2020

Have some holiday lights you need to recycle? Drop them off at Twins Ace Hardware to get recycled ♻️

Do you have some lights to recycle this year? 🤔🎄 No need to worry! Just drop your lights off in our lobby and we’ll take care of the rest! 👍🏽♻️
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#recycle #holidays #homedecor #lights #shoplocal #delivery #smallbusiness #maskup #washyourhands #flattenthecurve #essential #essentialbusiness #notjustahardwarestore

11/16/2020
City of Fairfax Government

We were happy to celebrate Arbor Day on October 24, 2020 by planting trees at Providence Park. #plantatree #ArborDay

#FairfaxCity and City of Fairfax Sustainability celebrated 33 years of participation in the Arbor Day Foundation’s Tree City USA program on October 24, 2020 in Providence Park.

City Flix is a collaboration between George Mason University Film and Video Studies and Fairfax City. Fairfax City Parks and Recreation

11/13/2020
City of Fairfax Government

The City is working on a project to upgrade storm sewers at the intersection of Roberts Rd. and Forest Ave. The upgraded storm sewers will be able to handle a higher volume of water during intense rain events, thereby reducing roadway flooding and runoff impacts to private properties.

This project will replace the undersized storm drainage system at the intersection of Roberts Rd. and Forest Ave. in Fairfax City, Va. Approximately 500 feet of storm pipe and five storm structures will be installed. The upgraded storm sewers will be able to handle a higher volume of water during intense rain events, thereby reducing roadway flooding and runoff impacts to private properties. The project is scheduled to begin in December and is estimated to be completed summer 2021.
For more information, visit:
https://engage.fairfaxva.gov/drainage-improvement-roberts-road-and-forest-avenue

Mark your calendars: Please see the refuse & recycling collection schedule for Fairfax City for Veterans Day week below.
11/09/2020

Mark your calendars: Please see the refuse & recycling collection schedule for Fairfax City for Veterans Day week below.

Mark your calendars: here is the refuse & recycling collection schedule for Fairfax City for Veterans Day week:

Mon, 11/9 - regular schedule
Tues, 11/10 - regular schedule
Wed, 11/11 - no collection
Thurs, 11/12 - Wed & Thurs routes collected
Fri, 11/13 - regular schedule

Please note: there may be a delay in yard debris collection citywide the week of November 9. Please leave items at the curb until they are collected.

Visit the city website, fairfaxva.gov, for more informtiton.

Don't forget to drop off your old Halloween pumpkins at the Composting Center.  In order to save space in the containers...
11/06/2020

Don't forget to drop off your old Halloween pumpkins at the Composting Center. In order to save space in the containers and keep them from overflowing, please cut up the pumpkins into smaller pieces if possible. Thanks!

Have a pumpkin that is starting to look a little sad out on your steps? Don't throw them out! Compost them! ♻️🎃

Extra bins have been added at our City Hall Composting Center (next to the community garden) to accommodate pumpkins!

https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/operations-division/refuse-recycling/composting/composting-center

City of Fairfax Government

Here are some tips so you can recycle right this Halloween! #recycle City of Fairfax Government♻️🧛‍♂️
10/30/2020

Here are some tips so you can recycle right this Halloween! #recycle City of Fairfax Government♻️🧛‍♂️

After the Halloween festivities are over, drop off your pumpkins at the City's Composting Center so they can be turned i...
10/30/2020

After the Halloween festivities are over, drop off your pumpkins at the City's Composting Center so they can be turned into a nutrient rich compost! #reducewaste #happyhalloween City of Fairfax Government

Happy Bat Week! Did you know that bats are pollinators?  Learn more below!
10/29/2020

Happy Bat Week! Did you know that bats are pollinators? Learn more below!

🦇Happy Bat Week!🦇 Bats are incredibly valuable pollinators and serve an important role in our ecosystems, but are often threatened or endangered. Virginia's Department of Wildlife Resources has put together a whole webpage on bats, with information on each of our native species and information on how you can protect bats: https://dwr.virginia.gov/wildlife/bats/

#batweek2020 #batweek #bat #bats #batsofinstagram #pollinators #nocturnalpollinators #virginiawildlife #vawildlife Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources @virginiawildlife

Great job!  Thanks for your hard work!
10/28/2020

Great job! Thanks for your hard work!

October 24th members of the community and Boy Scout Troup 187 went on a invasive plant removal mission in Fairfax City! 🍁

Community members supervised by the Parks department worked to pick up trash, and remove invasive plants in the beautiful Daniels Run Park!

Thank you all for your time and efforts to keep this park beautiful!

City of Fairfax Government

We want your input!  The City of Fairfax is currently developing an Urban Forestry Program Evaluation Report. The report...
10/27/2020

We want your input! The City of Fairfax is currently developing an Urban Forestry Program Evaluation Report. The report will guide the management and preservation of the urban forest so our community can enjoy the benefits now and into the future.

Please complete the urban forest survey by October 31st: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UrbanForestFFXCty

Share this survey with your friends and neighbors so that your community voice can be heard. City of Fairfax Government

On Saturday October 24th, the City of Fairfax celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees at Providence Park.  “He who plants...
10/26/2020

On Saturday October 24th, the City of Fairfax celebrated Arbor Day by planting trees at Providence Park. “He who plants a tree plants a hope.” -- Lucy Larcom #ArborDay #PlantATree City of Fairfax Government

The stately sycamore tree at Ratcliffe Park has unfortunately died.  Please share your stories with parksrec@fairfaxva.g...
10/20/2020

The stately sycamore tree at Ratcliffe Park has unfortunately died. Please share your stories with [email protected].

After providing shade to playground users and picnickers for many years, the stately sycamore tree at Ratcliffe Park has died. The beloved tree has stood there since the time when the park was still the “new” Fairfax Elementary School.

A crew began removing limbs today to ensure the safety of park visitors, but the tree may have a second life as a public art piece. The Commission on the Arts is working with an artist to carve a sculpture from the remaining trunk. The artist is preparing a sketch that will reflect the park’s history. In addition to the sculpture, some of the wood will be used to make guitars.

If you have memories or stories about the tree, please share them at [email protected].

Fairfax City Parks and Recreation Fairfax Museum and Visitor Center City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts

Share your comments on the George Snyder Trail design. Please review the project information at https://www.fairfaxva.go...
10/20/2020

Share your comments on the George Snyder Trail design. Please review the project information at https://www.fairfaxva.gov/.../current.../george-snyder-trail and submit your comments to [email protected] by Oct 23.

There is still time to comment on the George Snyder Trail design. Please review the project information at https://www.fairfaxva.gov/government/public-works/transportation-division/current-transportation-projects/george-snyder-trail and submit your comments to [email protected] by Oct 23.

Fairfax City Parks and Recreation @cityoffairfaxtransportation

Check out this fun activity you can do with your friends and family.
10/20/2020

Check out this fun activity you can do with your friends and family.

Project FeederWatch is the easiest citizen science you will ever do! From the comfort of your home, you simply count the winter birds that visit your feeders and report your data to Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Join us on October 29th for a FREE virtual workshop that will cover a bit of the history of Project FeederWatch, its purpose, tips for identifying birds, and the protocols to be followed while counting. Details and registration: https://tinyurl.com/yxbh7he6 Photo: Project FeederWatch kit

George Mason University's Office of Sustainability
10/20/2020
George Mason University's Office of Sustainability

George Mason University's Office of Sustainability

Fall For The Book presents The Beck Environmental Lecture: All We Can Save with Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson on 10/21 at 7pm EDT. Dr. Johnson will speak about this provocative collection of poetry, prose, & art from more than forty women who are leading the climate movement, including Naomi Klein, Kendra Pierre-Louis, Jacqui Patterson, and more.

Kirkus Reviews calls it “a well-curated collection with many ideas for ways large and small to save the planet.” Johnson is a marine biologist, policy expert, and founder of the Urban Ocean Lab, a think tank for the future of coastal cities. The Beck Lecture is sponsored by Robert and Lucy Beck.

We'll be there, will you? Register now (it's free) by visiting the linktree in our bio and clicking "The Beck Environmental Lecture: All We Can Save"

Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution English Department @ George Mason University ECE Department at the Volgenau School of Engineering, GMU Women and Gender Studies Program at George Mason University The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University Mason Innovation Exchange George Mason University College of Humanities and Social Sciences Honors College Multicultural Alliance F1rst Gen Mason Startup GMU Northern Virginia Area Health Education Center at Mason George Mason University's Center for the Arts George Mason University Life Mason Parking & Transportation Dept. of Communication, Mason @scharschool @georgemasonlaw @filmgmu Mason Student Centers University Life Arlington George Mason University Career Services George Mason University Korea College of Science at George Mason University George Mason University School of Art Mason Student Government Mason Housing Graduate Student Life at Mason Mason Gives Back Mason Fraternity and Sorority Life Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research George Mason University School of Business Mason OffCampus Mason Environmental Justice Alliance GMU Alpha Kappa Chi George Mason U Honors College Mason Facilities George Mason University's College of Health and Human Services

#sustainability #climatechange #climatecrisis #sustainabilityeducation #poetry #prose #art

Make a difference and plant a tree!  Fall is the ideal time for tree planting because it allows the roots to become esta...
10/15/2020

Make a difference and plant a tree! Fall is the ideal time for tree planting because it allows the roots to become established before the ground freezes and winter sets in. City of Fairfax Government

Please join us for an Arbor Day Event from 9-11am on 10/24 at Providence Park (10735 West Drive). A limited number of fr...
10/15/2020

Please join us for an Arbor Day Event from 9-11am on 10/24 at Providence Park (10735 West Drive). A limited number of free Red Bud saplings will be available for attendees to bring home to plant. Social distancing will be practiced. Masks are required. RSVP to [email protected] City of Fairfax Government

Please take the Urban Forest Survey! 🌳🌲🌳Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UrbanForestFFXCtyYour responses will help...
10/09/2020

Please take the Urban Forest Survey! 🌳🌲🌳

Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UrbanForestFFXCty

Your responses will help guide recommendations in the Urban Forestry Program Evaluation Report, which will identify goals and priorities for managing the city’s trees and forests. Your participation is crucial to the project’s success!

Thank you and please share to encourage others to take the survey as well!
City of Fairfax Government
Transition Town Fairfax
Plant NOVA Natives
Audubon Society of Northern Virginia
Friends of Accotink Creek
Clean Fairfax
Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners
George Mason University's Office of Sustainability

October 7th is national Energy Efficiency Day! Check out Energy Efficiency Day's website for some great #EE themed event...
10/07/2020

October 7th is national Energy Efficiency Day! Check out Energy Efficiency Day's website for some great #EE themed events to celebrate, including webinars, book clubs, and workshops.

#EnergyEfficiency matters everyday, but October 7th is national #EEDay2020! Check out Energy Efficiency Day's website for some great #EE themed events to celebrate, including webinars, book clubs, and workshops.

We need your input! Please take the Urban Forest survey. Your responses will help guide recommendations in the Urban For...
10/02/2020

We need your input! Please take the Urban Forest survey. Your responses will help guide recommendations in the Urban Forestry Program Evaluation Report, which will identify goals and priorities for managing the city’s trees and forests https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UrbanForestFFXCty

Please take the Urban Forest Survey. Your responses will help guide recommendations in the Urban Forestry Program Evaluation Report, which will identify goals and priorities for managing the city’s trees and forests. Your participation is crucial to the project’s success! Thanks and please share. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/UrbanForestFFXCty
City of Fairfax Sustainability

Help eradicate English ivy at Providence Park on 9/27 and 10/4 from 1-4pm!  Bring clippers if you have a pair, but tools...
09/24/2020

Help eradicate English ivy at Providence Park on 9/27 and 10/4 from 1-4pm! Bring clippers if you have a pair, but tools will be available. Social distancing will be practiced and masks are required. RSVP to [email protected] City of Fairfax Government

Do you have some books that your children aren't using?  Please consider donating them to Fairfax City Connected Care pr...
09/23/2020

Do you have some books that your children aren't using? Please consider donating them to Fairfax City Connected Care program so they can build their library.

WOW! What an amazing City we live in!! 🌟🏛️📚

In just 2 days we have already collected over 45 books (and have more on the way!) that have been donated to the Fairfax City Connected Care program to help start building our library!

Our program supports many families in Fairfax City who may not have access to books at this time because their school library is closed! Our goal is to have a small library at our site that children can borrow books from to read.

Interested in donating some books?

📘 Check out our amazon wishlist, just add to cart and it ships right to us!! Wishlist: https://a.co/1eEkJOW

📘 Have a few Drop off in our no contact 'Book Donations' Box at the Green Acres Center, 4401 Sideburn Road. The box is located next to the "Fairfax City Connected Care" sign in the gravel parking lot. Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 5:00pm

📘 Email us at [email protected] or send us a message on facebook for more information or questions!

City of Fairfax Government

Virginia Department of Forestry
09/22/2020

Virginia Department of Forestry

We need your help! VDOF is asking for the acorns/nuts of tree species across Virginia. The seeds will be planted at the Augusta Forestry Center, and the hardwood seedlings will be sold to Virginia landowners next year. Here are easy guidelines for nut collection. Help grow the forests of tomorrow.

#futuretrees #acorns #forestlandowners

More info on nut collection: https://dof.virginia.gov/tree/acorn-collect.htm

Find your local VDOF office: https://dof.virginia.gov/locations/index.htm

Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District
09/22/2020

Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Every year, hundreds of volunteers help assess the health of Fairfax County streams through our stream monitoring programs. We provide valuable data on macroinvertebrate populations that help the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and others make stream management decisions. See how you can join us at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/soil-water-conservation/volunteer-stream-monitoring

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