FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — Fairfax County leaders are getting ready for climate change and they want the community's input.
The county is hosting a Resilient Fairfax virtual meeting via Zoom on Thursday, Oct. 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Residents attending the meeting will be asked to provide feedback and input on the developing Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan.
Resilient Fairfax team members will also share the results of two major parts of the Climate Adaptation and Resilience Plan: A climate projections report and a vulnerability and risk assessment.
People attending the meeting must register.
Fairfax's Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan
In September, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors accepted the county's first Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP). The goal is to have the county become carbon neutral by 2050. It also calls for 87% of emission reductions coming from local action rather than carbon offsets.
A carbon offset reduces carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gasses to compensate for an emission made elsewhere.
Other CECAP goals suggest retrofitting at least 100,000 housing units with energy efficiency measures by 2030. The plan also wants to increase transit and non-motorized commuting to 30%, which includes telework, by 2030.
CECAP is trying to address the two largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in Fairfax County: Energy use in buildings, with 49% of total emissions, and transportation with 44%, according to a statement released by the county.
“CECAP is a roadmap that will take us from the status quo to a future that is cleaner, greener, and far more sustainable. We owe it to ourselves, our neighbors, and future generations of Fairfax County residents to take the recommended actions in this plan,” said Jeff McKay, Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors said in a statement.
Some tips on the county's website list actions the community can take including, limiting waste by reusing items, not using single-use items as much such as plastic utensils and paper plates. The county also suggests doing things like composting and using electric vehicles if possible.