April 19, 2023
Earth Day is just around the corner! The Board of Supervisors has made the environment a top priority through policy, strategies and programs being implemented by the Office of Environment & Energy, the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, as well as other county agencies and nonprofits. But there is more we can do more in partnership with you, our residents. I encourage you to review what is underway in the county and get involved any way you can, whether providing feedback on policies, participating in an Earth Day event or picking up litter in your neighborhood. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Town of Vienna's Green Expo Tomorrow, April 20
Vienna is hosting its annual Green Expo on Thursday, April 20, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Vienna Community Center. Dozens of local exhibitors will provide information on energy efficiency, green landscaping, zero waste and more. Learn more.
Roundtable Discussion with DPWES Director Chris Herrington and Congressman Gerry Connolly Friday, April 21
Fairfax County Director of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES) Director Chris Herrington will join Congressman Gerry Connolly and other guest panelists for a virtual roundtable discussion on the historic climate provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act. Register: https://bit.ly/3mnlprf Ask Questions: https://bit.ly/3UqPuTa
Earth Day Festival at Sully Historic Site Saturday, April 22
Celebrate “Healthy People – Healthy Planet” with a fun day packed with entertainment, activities and food vendors. At Earth Day Fairfax 2023 you will learn what Fairfax County is doing to support environmental sustainability and what you can do to help. Learn more.
How to Celebrate Earth Day in Fairfax County
Visit Fairfax has a great list of Earth Day activities countywide, including the Fairfax Veg Fest in Herndon. Learn more.
Climate Action Dashboard
The county's Office of Environmental and Energy Coordination recently released the Climate Action Dashboard, a single site for explaining and sharing progress with residents on the county’s ambitious climate action goals. Visit the Climate Action Dashboard.
New Composting Pilot Program at I-66 Transfer Station
Two 20 feet long containers can be found at the I-66 Transfer Station for the county’s new Compost Outpost pilot program. It is designed to create optimal conditions for composting and is a test facility to demonstrate small-scale, decentralized, organics processing. Food scraps and yard waste are placed inside the receptacles and converted into processed compost that can be used as a nutrient-rich soil amendment. Learn more.
12 Ways to Get Ready for Gardening and Growing Season
There are many county services and resources available to gardeners. Residents can call a master gardener, pick up free mulch, attend plant swaps, get a soil test, remove invasives, and plant native. Learn more.
Learn About Litter and What You Can Do
We know the negative impacts of litter, including attracting rodents and insects, killing wildlife and degrading our water quality, plus, it's just ugly. Even if you don't litter there are several ways you can prevent littering, as simple as making sure you have a secure lid on your trash can. Learn more.
Farmers Markets are Back!
One of my favorite ways to celebrate the environment and healthy eating is the Park Authority's Farmers Markets and the Town of Vienna Farmers Market. On many Saturdays I can be found at the Reston Farmers Market at Lake Anne – I hope to see you there when the market opens!