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Environmental ReportOctober 2014
Membership Presentation: The Stormwater BudgetFebruary 2014
Speaker: Mr. Randy Bartlett, Deputy Director of Public Works and Environmental Services
Board Presentation: LitterJanuary 2013
Litter Presentation to the Federation Board by Elizabeth (Betsy) Martin of the MVCCA
The reason for putting a fee on both paper and plastic bags is that it incentives people to bring reusable bags. Paper bags are also more expensive for businesses than plastics ones, so by only putting a fee on plastic there would be pressure on businesses to switch to a more expensive bag that they would then give customers for free, instead of charging a nominal fee for both. Plus, both end up as litter, though the plastic bags take longer to degrade.
There was a study released that showed that reusable bags could breed disease. It was funded by the industry. It was a small sample size and had very exaggerated and unrealistic conditions. The bacteria was physically placed on the bags, which it normally wouldn't come in contact with raw meat because you can still get the plastic bags for free to carry raw meat. All the bills that have been written so far do not apply to produce bags, bulk items, or meat. You can even get a free plastic bag at check-out to put your meat product in so it doesn't contaminate your food. Plus, we wash our aprons and cutting boards, and you can wash the bags too.
Alice Ferguson has seen big drop in plastic bag litter (about 50%) in their cleanups in areas where a bag bill has been adopted. I am attaching a fact sheet about the bag bill that was introduced in the Virginia House that summarizes information about effectiveness of bag bills.
The December meeting will focus on home energy with two presentations:
Membership Presentation: Conservation - From Backyard to CommunitySeptember 2011
George Lamb was appointed as a Director of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District to fill the seat of the late Sally Ormsby in 2009. Over the past two years he’s learned much about practical conservation and realized that very few people have the opportunity or experience to practice conservation. He spends weekends fighting invasive plants in his backyard and chasing his two daughters. He is also Vice Chair of the Fairfax County Environmental Quality Advisory Council (EQAC), which is appointed by the Board of Supervisors to advise them on environmental issues across the County. By training, George is a computer scientist and works for Cisco Systems in Herndon.
Conservation in the United States has a long and proud tradition. One hundred and seven years ago, John Muir convinced Teddy Roosevelt to go camping in the Yosemite Valley. Over three days he lobbied the President to create a national park to preserve the valley and a stand of giant redwoods. In the 1930’s great dust storms that ravaged the Midwest had moved east and “blotted out the sun over the nation’s capital and drove grit between the teeth of New Yorkers.” Thus was born the Soil Conservation Districts that restored conservation on our farm lands. Today we live and work in very different ways then John Muir and the 1930’s farmers, yet we inhabit the same lands as they did. In this talk we’ll discuss what it means to be a 21st century conservationist in Fairfax County, what is being done to advance the Fairfax County environmental agenda, and how to participate in an urban conservation ethic.
Membership Presentation: Emerald Ash BorerNovember 2008
Environmental ReportAugust 2014
Project Clean Stream: Thanks For All Your Hard Work!Spring 2014
Tysons Park System Concept Plan Open HouseMay 2014
Membership Presentation: Debate on the Expansion of the Lorton Construction Debris Landfill and the Green Energy Park in LortonMay 2014
2014 Virginia Environmental Legislation ReportApril 2014
Environment Committee ReportApril 2014
Environment Committee ReportFebruary 2013
Environmental Committee ReportSeptember 2012
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