Environment Committee

What We Do

The Environment Committee monitors and reviews activities from the Environmental Protection Agency, other related Federal agencies, proposals to establish, expand, or reduce environmental programs before Congress or the General Assembly, and environment-impacting proposals before appointed regional or local bodies.

For committee-specific inquires, contact our Chair, listed HERE.

Recent Actions

Legislative Accomplishments

  • Roadway Salt and Lawn Fertilizer (19C02): Bill to allow Counties and Towns to regulate fertilizer applicators passed and was signed into law in 2020.

  • Plastic Bags (19C03): Bill to allow Counties and Towns to tax plastic bags passed and was signed into law in 2020.·        

  • Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (19C01): Bill passed the Senate and made it to the House of Delegates but the Residential PACE was stripped out.

  • Support Net Metering and Renewable Energy in Virginia (18C01): Bill passed and was signed into law in 2020.

County Accomplishments

  • Fairfax County adopted the Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Ordinance with input from Federation representative on the Stakeholder Committee (March 2019)

  • Fairfax County incorporated Federation recommendations into the Lighting Ordinance (Federation resolution adapted, December 2018)

Resolutions

  • Supporting Underground Utilities & Communication Lines (October 2019)

  • Supporting C-PACE Ordinance (March 2019)

  • Supporting the Flood Plain Ordinance (December 2018) – Recommended to the Membership but never included in the agenda

  • Calling for the County to not spray for the Spring Cankerworms (November 2014)

  • Carbon Dioxide (December 2006)

  • Stormwater Utility (March 2005)

Membership Meetings

  • What’s in Our Drinking Water (Susan Miller, Fairfax Water, December 2019)

  • Green Electricity (Dr. Jan Sklarew, George Mason University, April 2019)

  • Salt Management Strategy (William Isenberg, Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, January 2019)

  • Plastics: In the Environment (Kris Unger, Friends of Accotink Creek), Recycling (Erica Carter, Fairfax County Solid Waste Management Program), and Covanta Waste to Energy Facility (Don Cammerata, Frank Capobiaco, and Joe Walsh, Covanta), (March 2018)

  • Neighborhood Forest Management (Jim McGlone, Virginia Department of Forestry, January 2017)

Board and Commission Positions

  • Engineering Standards Review Committee (ESRC) – Ned Poffenbenberger

  • Community-Wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) – Ana Prados, Alternate: Flint Webb, PE

  • Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan  CARP) Community Advisory Group - Flint Webb, PE

  • Metropolitan Washington Air & Climate Public Advisory Committee (ACPAC)  – Carey Campbell

Committee Documents